Karan Jerath

Country representing

United States

Languages

English

Education

  • University of Texas at Austin
  • B.S.

Current organisation

United Nations Youth Envoy

Current role

Student at The University of Texas at Austin

Skills and Expertise

Engineering

Areas of interest

Environment

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

Actions

Being from Houston, the fact that the Deepwater Horizon Spill happened in my backyard exposed me to the true nature of the environmental damage. I made it my goal to invent a game-changing solution in hopes of saving lives and preserving our planet. My invention which is currently patent pending, is a novel subsea wellhead capping device inspired by the spill. The idea was to have an effective, temporary solution in the case of an unforeseen subsea oil spill. Essentially, the entire spectrum from the subsea collection of crude oil to the transportation from the wellhead separation device into a surface vessel was simulated and analyzed on modeling software. My simulated device can collect the three phases of water, oil, and gas as homogenous mixtures and separate them into heterogeneous mixtures so they can be immediately recycled. This is a quality that is unique to my device. I was inspired to conduct this research project after learning about the Deepwater Horizon spill which released 210 million gallons of crude oil into the ocean and contaminated 1,200 miles of coastline. I followed the coverage and once I entered high school, I decided to follow through with my ideas. I watched documentaries over the spill, heard the testimonials of the people who were affected, and I wanted to help.