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Watch out for these 4 young engineers

02 Feb 2015  | Suzanne Deffree

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Shubham Banerjee

Shubham Banerjee

The brains and heart behind Braigo Labs Inc, Shubham Banerjee has seen a lot of media attention for his Braigo Braille printer version 1.0, created using a Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit (Brai-lle + Le-go= "Braigo") – and rightfully so.

The inexpensive device is a game changer for the visually impaired and exemplifies Shubham's general take on his career. When asked what his career goal was, he said: "I want to help people in my own rights. I have understood that the technological advances should eventually help us and not become a barrier due to high costs." And with Braigo, this 13-year-old is well on his way to doing that.

Shubham has even caught the eye of Intel VP and GM Mike Bell. In September 2014, at the Intel Developer Forum with Bell, Shubham demonstrated Braigo 2.0, which promises to be the world's first and least expensive, silent, IoT enabled, light weight braille printer or embosser. It will use Braigo Labs patent pending technology along with the Intel Edison Chip. Shubham is currently the youngest entrepreneur to receive VC funding from Intel Capital.

Shachi Kakkar

Shachi Kakkar

I've known Shachi Nandan Kakkar for years and at this point I can say with some certainty that he does not sleep. I just don't see when he would have the time.

Although his original plan was to go into marketing, his dad, an engineer, encouraged him to reconsider. Now he is studying Computer Engineering at Santa Clara University and proactively works to inspire young guns as well as veteran engineers to look at engineering as an exciting and a creative discipline that can be as fun as the Olympics.

If you have any concerns about the next generation not wanting to work, talk to this 19-year-old. When it comes to his career goals, Shachi is dreaming big. "I would like to use my knowledge and experience as an engineer to eventually design and market cool products like an iPhone that people fall in love with. This will combine my passion for engineering with my passion for marketing and meeting new people." The last part of his answer is what I really enjoyed. Shachi continued to say that he would like to be the CEO of a start up on the rise and ideally be able to retire relatively young but still work because, "why sit on my butt when I can pursue work that I love."

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