ABC7 Star Scholar: Tanay Tandon

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Friday, July 10, 2015
ABC7 Star Scholar: Tanay Tandon
A recent Cupertino High School graduate is using his love of computer science to create new technologies to help simplify and save lives, making him a ABC7 Star Scholar recipient.

CUPERTINO, Calif. (KGO) -- This marks the 10th year ABC7 has celebrated student achievement with the "Star Scholars" program. Every year, we reward seven high school seniors with a $1,000 scholarship each toward his or her college education.

Tanay Tandon is an innovator who is inventing life changing apps.

"I just like building things whether that be using hardware, computer science, whatnot," Tandon said. "I'm a maker of sorts."

This ABC7 Star Scholar and recent Cupertino High School graduate uses his love of computer science to create new technology to help simplify and save lives.

"My grandfather was a pathologist in India," Tandon said. "He worked in rural areas and had his own clinic. People would line up almost every day to get blood samples taken. That sort of, I guess, from the beginning has inspired me that I want to work on things that impact world populations, especially in the health sector. I'm using computer science to mimic that the best way I can."

Tandon has already developed an award-winning smartphone-based malaria detection app system, which garnered a hand-shake from President Obama and investor interest in producing his low-cost, blood sampling creation.

"Tanay is super passionate about technology," said Eric Ferrante, Tandon's computer science teach. "He's super passionate really passionate about pushing those ideas out to others. He's really passionate about his ideas and he wants to share those things. He's the kind of person that can push through and hold those meetings and find the right people to put around himself to make something happen,"

That's why he's staying in Silicon Valley to continue his studies in computer science and math at Stanford University.

"It's such a cool feeling to see someone using something you've built that poured yourself into. I think it leaves behind a nice legacy in terms of whatever it is that you thought of and what you want to build," Tandon said. "That's my only goal, just continue building things and working on products."

This is the tenth year for ABC7's Star Scholars program, where ABC7 gives recognition to seven outstanding students, each of whom receives a $1,000 scholarship toward his or her college education. Watch Sunday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. to learn more about all of our Star Scholars!