Nasik-born scientist, Ramesh Raskar who is working as an associate professor in the Institute of Media Arts and Science has made our nation proud by his path breaking invention. He has come up with solutions for improving lives by way of his recent invention. Raskar, who is also the founder of the Camera Culture Research Group at the MIT Media Lab, won many an accolades for his practical yet innovative solutions and has been awarded the 2016 Lemelson-MIT Prize worth $500,000 for this invention and also for his continued efforts and commitment towards youth mentorship.
The Annual Lemelson-MIT Prize is awarded to exceptional mid-career inventors for improving the world with the help of technological invention and for exhibiting commitment for mentorship in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
As for Raskar, this is not the first time that he has achieved something big. The young Indian scientist has received as many as 75 patents in his name and there are 120 reviewed publications written by him. He is the co-inventor of the radical imaging solutions. This includes Femto-photography that is a super fast imaging system that enables you to see around the corners, economical eye-care solutions for the developing nations and a smart camera that enables you to go through the book without even opening its cover.
Since long, Raskar had been looking forward to improve the lives of people across the globe and while working towards this mission he launched a platform to bring together the entrepreneurial and academic worlds for achieving the same. He believed that together these will improve the health and over all well-being of people in the industrial as well as developing nations and finally succeeded in achieving what he had aimed for. As the executive director of Lemelson-MIT Program, Stephanie Couch puts it, “Mr. Raskar is a multi-faceted leader as an inventor, educator, change maker and exemplar connector. In addition to creating his own remarkable inventions, he is working to connect communities and inventors all over the world to create positive change”.