Monday, February 26th, 2007 at 11:43 am in Orinda.
Orinda native Adam Kell is only a freshman in college, and heâ€™s already changing the world.
Kell, a freshman engineering student at New Yorkâ€™s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, was one of four students to win the schoolâ€™s Change the World Challenge contest. He came up with a method for refrigeration that doesnâ€™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. Kellâ€™s choice: reducing energy dependence.
Winners received $1,000, and Kell is using his money to pursue a patent for the technology.