Senior Is One of Youngest on Forbes 30-Under-30 List
Forbes Science & Health Lists Feature Four TJ Names
Senior Rohan Suri, inspired by his younger brother’s misdiagnosed concussion, set out to create an improved method of detecting concussions on the sidelines so that injured kids could receive the treatment they needed to return to school and sports. Concussions are a growing problem in youth sports, and accurate diagnosis is one of the biggest challenges faced by athletic trainers and others who care for young athletes.
Rohan, left, and his teammate, Samuel Damashek, TJ ’17, created the app for Major League Hacking’s 2016 season finale held in Mountain View, California, last August, where it won first place. The app was also chosen from over 90 competitors as a finalist at the October 2016 Pediatric Surgical Innovation Symposium organized by Children’s National Medical Center. Rohan was the youngest entrepreneur to pitch a device at the finals in the four-year history of the competition.
Rohan was also one of the youngest half dozen honorees out of the 600 named to Forbes Magazine’s 30-Under-30 list for 2017, published in January. Now in its sixth year, with 15,000 nominations for twenty categories, Forbes calls its collection of lists “the most definitive gathering of today’s leading young change-makers and innovators in the US.” Along with a number of entrepreneurs, the 30-under-30 in Healthcare list features surgical residents, postdoctoral fellows, and government officials.
Forbes 2017 30-under-30 in Science list is headlined by Alice Zhang, TJ ’06, and includes classmate Dr. Justin Solomon (see Reunion, this issue, and June 2016 issue). Appearing with Rohan on the 30-under-30 in Healthcare list is Riley Ennis, TJ ’11, another serial entrepreneur whose latest company, Freenome, screens for multiple types of cancer by examining changes in DNA over time (see also March 2013 issue).
Most recently, LearnServe International, a non-profit organization devoted to inspiring social entrepreneurship among middle and high school students (see also Aug 2016 issue), awarded Rohan its 2017 Entrepreneurship Award at its March 7th annual gala.
At seventeen, Rohan could already be considered a serial entrepreneur. He learned to code in 7th grade and has been solving problems with apps of his own creation since he was a TJ freshman. Rohan’s first app was designed to automatically send a text to his mother whenever the bus reached a certain point on its route alerting her that he was a certain number of minutes away from his stop. His second aimed to translate American sign language into spoken words.
In May of his sophomore year, Rohan and his research partner, Claire Scoggins, TJ ’16, received a third place award in the Systems Software category at the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) for their contact tracing app. Contact tracing is used in epidemiology to identify the contacts of infected individuals and ultimately control the spread of infectious diseases. Their data showed that their app measured seven times more contacts, with much greater efficiency and at significantly less cost than existing methods. The two, working with Kevin Livingstone, TJ ’16, and Varun Iyengar, ’17, also won first place in the Cybertechnology & Security category of the Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge (see June 2015 Newsletter).
Additional details on Rohan’s award-winning concussion app will be available at a later date.