Akash Badshah has scored a triple-first: Akash is the first high school student in the nearly 30-year history of the CHI conference (human factors in computing) to serve as lead author, present a paper, or win a “Best of CHI” award.
Akash presented his paper on a self-powered haptic feedback device to a huge crowd at CHI 2011 in Vancouver BC last week. The session was standing-room-only, and the organizers even had to set up an overflow room and pipe video to it. The talk was fantastic. Akash, a high school junior from Bellevue, worked with CSE professor Shwetak Patel last summer as a part of Shwetak’s summer high school research program, where high school students carry out intense 10-week long research projects. Akash is now completing his senior year at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire.