Senior Invited to White House

Bandyopadhyay explaining his project
to guests at the White House.
Saumil Bandyopadhyay (Henrico, ’13) was invited to present his research on quantum engineered light and beta particle detectors at the White House on Monday, April 22.

The White House Science Fair is hosted by President Obama and the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Approximately, one hundred of the nation’s outstanding science achievers from elementary, middle and high schools were invited to attend, and thirty of them were asked to present their research. Bandyopadhyay was among the thirty and the only presenter from Virginia.

Bandyopadhyay invented and developed a novel light detector with unprecedented features while working for the US Department of Defense as a researcher affiliated with the Army Engineer Research and Development Center at Alexandria. This work and the precursor research have resulted in three peer-reviewed journal papers (Bandyopadhyay is the first author in all three), a patent application and numerous awards at local, state, national and international science fairs and competitions.