Indian wins Space Lab Asia Pacific contest

Washington: Indian student Sachin Kukke has won YouTube Space Lab 2012 contest for the Asia Pacific region and is one of the six global winners of the competition.

In a meeting with Indian Ambassador to the US Nirupama Rao, Sachin shared his experience of conceptualizing and carrying out innovative scientific experiments.

At the meeting, Sachin, a student of mechanical engineering at the BMS College for Engineering in Bangalore, was accompanied by Lee Hunter, head of brand marketing for YouTube, and Claudio Lilienfeld, senior policy manager for Asia Pacific at Google.

Congratulating Sachin on his highly commendable achievement, Rao said that in India – a country engaged in rapid economic development – "students like Sachin symbolize the hopes and the potential of a dynamic, resurgent India and it`s young population". She encouraged Sachin to pursue his goals and interests in the specialized area of aerospace engineering and wished him the very best for the years ahead.

Sachin`s experiment explores transfer of heat in ferro fluid – a special liquid that gets magnetized when subjected to a magnetic field. The study can benefit development of advanced cooling and heat transfer systems.

Rao was informed that nearly 40 per cent of the total number of entries from all over the world came from India alone an indicator of the skills and level of interest in the field of exploration of outer space among the youth in India.

YouTube and Lenovo, in cooperation with Space Adventures, NASA, ESA (European Space Agency), and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) had announced a worldwide challenge `YouTube Space Lab` in October last year, asking students of 14-18 year age group to design a new scientific experiment that can be performed in outer space.