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Change the world

By lmclaughlin
Monday, February 26th, 2007 at 11:43 am in Orinda.

Orinda native Adam Kell is only a freshman in college, and he’s already changing the world.

Kell, a freshman engineering student at New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was one of four students to win the school’s Change the World Challenge contest. He came up with a method for refrigeration that doesn’t depend on mechanical parts or electricity that could be used to store medicine and food.

Contest participants pick a topic to use science and/or engineering to improve human life, offering a solution that is not currently available, and is sustainable in the long term. Kell’s choice: reducing energy dependence.

Winners received $1,000, and Kell is using his money to pursue a patent for the technology.

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