Simone Braunstein is a 19-year-old freshman at Harvard University, a successful CEO, AND a FIRST® alumna!

Simone created a high-tech glove that provides surgeons with a sense of touch during robotic surgery, and she won the top prize for it in the Robotics and Intelligent Machines category at the 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Shortly after, she founded Paradox Robotics, a company that assembles soft robotics control boards (similar to the technology used in her glove).

Simone became interested in the science and technology fields through her experience in FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® Tech Challenge. She gained professional experience while still in high school, working with professors at Cornell University to bridge the work being done in a high-level control systems lab with a soft robotics lab.

The idea for Simone’s high-tech glove was partially inspired by the research her FIRST LEGO League team did during the 2010 BODY FORWARDSM Challenge, which was about biomedical engineering.

Simone is an inspiration to us all, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for her in the future!

Click here to read Access’ interview with Simone.