The Case for Failure: Ritankar Das at TEDxRedmond – W/Evaluation Form

The Case for Failure: Ritankar Das at TEDxRedmond

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Ritankar Das, 18, is the youngest University Medalist (top graduating senior) at U.C. Berkeley (over 6000 graduates) in at least a century. As a Whitaker fellow, Das is pursuing an MSc in Biomedical Engineering at Oxford University. He founded the education non-profit organization, See Your Future. At Berkeley, Das helped manage a $1.7 Billion budget as an Academic Senator, founded the Berkeley Chemical Review research journal, designed a chemistry DeCal course and was a graduate student instructor. Das, a published alternative energy researcher, has received awards from the major scientific societies in chemistry (ACS), physics (APS), and biology (ASBMB) and from NSF. He also analyzed entries for the Presidential Green Chemistry Award at the EPA. Das is currently authoring a book on education reform with contributions from Fortune 50 CEOs, Nobel Laureates, U.S. cabinet secretaries and university presidents. Das has earned over 40 awards totaling more than $300,000 including the prestigious Goldwater, Udall, and Pearson awards, as well as a Congressional Certificate of Recognition. He has been inducted into the Berkeley Wall of Fame, alongside Aaron Rodgers, Gregory Peck and Steve Wozniak. He has served on advisory boards to State Farm, City of New Berlin,, and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and on the IJSA journal editorial board. Das has been featured in over 100 media outlets around the world including the SF Chronicle, ABC, and Times of India. During his free time, Das writes poetry, which he has published in the Namjai anthology, and in his book, Silent Moon.

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