A resident of Avon, CT, Shubhro Saha always fostered a passion for science. In eighth grade, he was introduced to the field of hydrogen energy through a robotics competition. During his sophomore year in high school, Shubhro embarked on a two-year research project that computationally modeled more efficient methods of hydrogen production by water electrolysis. Working at the Batista Group of Yale University, Shubhro helped to detail a plausible chemical reaction that would reduce the cost of this hydrogen production process.
For his computational research, the Intel Science Talent Search recognized Shubhro as one of 40 finalists in the 2011 competition. Shubhro received the Glenn T. Seaborg Award. Named in honor of the Nobel Laureate and nuclear physicist, the Seaborg award is given to one Intel STS finalist each year who, in the competition’s words, “most embodies the qualities Dr. Seaborg brought to his work.” As part of this honor, Shubhro delivered a speech on behalf of all forty finalists in the National Building Museum at the gala dinner. In his remarks, he emphasized the importance of believing in the next generation of scientists, and of the budding scientists being grateful for the support received. Said Shubhro, “We may be young scientists, but we were able to accomplish so much because of this belief.”
Outside of research, Shubhro loves to debate and run cross-country. He served on the Student Council at his high school, Choate Rosemary Hall and debated for Choate Debate Team for four years, serving as captain for the final two. Shubhro was a member of the team from the United States of America at the World Individual Debate & Public Speaking Championships in 2010 and 2011. He also tutors students in reading and mathematics during the summer. Shubhro is currently a freshman at Princeton where he studies Operations Research and Financial Engineering.
Shubhro Saha, 2011 Legacy winner from Intel Science Talent Search-Seaborg Prize, was unable to attend the 2011 Legacy award ceremony.