Hello, I’m

Avi Gupta

Jeopardy! Champion

Stanford Student

Researcher

Social entrepreneur

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About Me

About Me

I am a sophomore at Stanford University with a passion for science, social entrepreneurship, and activism. I founded and lead Project32, a student-run social startup that leverages the power of education and community engagement to tackle dental disease in youth. Since 2016, Project32 has provided thousands of dental hygiene kits to children in the U.S., India, Guatemala, and Haiti. My research has focused on vascular disease and synthetic blood vessel design.

In my free time, I love to play basketball, chess and watch (and compete in) Jeopardy! I competed in the 2019 Jeopardy Teen Tournament. After winning my quarterfinal, semifinal, and both rounds of the two-day final, I was crowned the Champion! I completed my first year of college at Columbia University’s School of Engineering as an Egleston Scholar, where I studied Computer Science. I then transferred to Stanford University to pursue simultaneous degrees in Computer Science (AI specialization) and Political Science (expected graduation 2023). In Summer 2019, I interned at Intel and I’m working at IBM’s Watson Research Center on deep learning approaches to time-series forecasting this summer. Since March 2020, I have also been applying my software development skills to fight the COVID-19 pandemic as a founding member of LifeMech, a non-profit organization developing a low-cost, rapidly scalable ventilator approved by the FDA in July 2020. We are now working on version 2 of the device. Ultimately, I hope to apply the technical and non-technical skills I will develop to bridge the gap between tech and government.

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Research

Research

Overview

I studied cardiovascular disease pathophysiology and artificial blood vessel design in the Lindner and Hinds Labs at Oregon Health and Sciences University. My work in the Lindner Lab focused on novel imaging and image processing techniques to non-invasively quantify blood flow variability in patients with peripheral arterial disease. My work in the Hinds Lab focused on novel techniques for assessing the thrombogenicity of artificial blood vessels, with the ultimate goal of developing new, safer biomaterials for use in humans.

Manuscripts

    • A Gupta*, C.M. Johnston* et al. “Quantifying Physical Characteristics of Thrombus Formation on Cardiovascular Biomaterials using MicroCT.” Methods and Protocols. https://doi.org/10.3390/mps3020029 (April 2020)

 

    • BP Davidson, A Gupta, JR Lindner et al. “Limb Perfusion During Exercise Assessed by Contrast Ultrasound Varies According to Symptom Severity in Patients with Peripheral Artery Disease”. Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.echo.2019.05.001 (May 2019)

Abstracts

    • DE Anderson, A Gupta, MT Hinds. “Correlating Thrombus Constituents of Surface-Modified Vascular Graft Materials to Luminal Volume using MicroCT to Better Quantify Clinical Functionality”. Oral presentation Society for Biomaterials Annual Meeting (April 2019)

 

    • A Gupta, DE Anderson, E Yim, MT Hinds. “Development of MicroCT Techniques for Quantifying Thrombus Formation on Cardiovascular Biomaterials”. Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting (October 2018)

 

    • DE Anderson, A Gupta, EK Yim, MT Hinds. “Assessing vascular graft technologies by correlating luminal volume to platelets using MicroCT”. Biomedical Engineering Society Annual Meeting (October 2018)
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#InspiredBy

#InspiredBy

After winning the 2019 Jeopardy Teen Tournament, I was deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Trebek’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis. I began with a $10,314 donation (my nod to the mathematical constant Pi) from my winnings to the Knight Cancer Institute with an aim to end pancreatic cancer. My donation, made in November 2019 in honor of Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, kickstarted #InspiredBy, a campaign to end pancreatic cancer by raising awareness and supporting research into early detection. By the end of the campaign in January 2020, generous supporters from across the world had donated over $200,000, and we had raised substantial awareness through international media coverage in CNN, USA Today, and countless other outlets.

Activities and charity

Project32

Project32

Overview

I founded Project32 in 2016 with a mission to eradicate dental disease by providing underprivileged communities with access to dental hygiene products. We partner with local dentists, urban homeless shelters, and global nonprofits to spread dental resources to youth worldwide and to homeless populations in the United States. Project32 is rapidly expanding with active student leadership and the recent formation of partnerships with Virginia Garcia and Medical Teams International.

Watch: How it all started
Watch: Everyday Heroes segment on ABC KATU Channel 2 News
Watch: Interview on NBC KGW Channel 8 News
Read: Latest updates from the Project32 team!
Donate to Project32
On Armando Puentes on KBOO FM Community Radio, talking Project32. Listen to the radio interview.

What i can do better

Awards and Honors

Awards and Honors

Civic Engagement Awards

Science and Academic Awards

Robotics

  • Captain of Team Quantum
  • Regional competition: Champion’s award (1st place), 1st place robot performance.
  • State competition: Champion’s award (1st place), 1st place robot performance. Selected as one of two Oregon teams (out of > 400) to advance to FLL World Festival (first team in school history).
  • FLL World Festival: Global Innovation Award for Q-Gown (2015) (Watch ABC KATU News story about our work)

TEDx

My TEDx talk (watch here) at UNC, Chapel Hill can be summarized as two simple words that I first mentioned during the Jeopardy! Teen tournament final: Facts Matter. In our current era of information overload, it is more important than ever to remind ourselves of the critical role of facts in forming our opinions.

Using the facts we know as raw material, our brain generates opinions. In the digital age, we run the risk of short-circuiting this critical process. Instead of considering facts, we consume others’ opinions as facts. In a culture dominated by political hyper-polarization, we are inundated with more opinions than ever before. Even worse, through our selection of social media communities and news outlets, we seek out only the opinions we want to hear.

The replacement of facts with opinions corrodes the very foundation of our democracy: free thought. If we only listen to politicians and media personalities with whom we agree, we might never see facts less favorable to our points of view. Listening to other people’s opinions is vital, but we cannot base our opinions solely on others’ points of view. We must remember to build our own opinions. #FactsMatter

Activities and charity

Chess

Chess

Chess Club

My lifelong passion for chess has led to numerous competitive successes, but more importantly broader outreach efforts. My tournament career began at a young age, when I won consecutive Utah State Grade-Level Chess Championships in 2007 and 2008. After moving to Oregon in 2008, I continued to compete on the Oregon scholastic circuit, placing highly in several state competitions. Upon entering high school, I co-founded Catlin Gabel Chess with several of my classmates. After its inception in 2015, Catlin Gabel Chess won three consecutive state championships, three city championships, organized six statewide tournaments, and worked to promote chess worldwide, most notably in Equatorial Guinea. I co-captained the winning chess teams and served as the Co-President of Catlin Gabel Chess since its founding, leading our delegation to Equatorial Guinea in November 2018.

Chess in EG

Chess in EG began during my sophomore year in High School – a project in advanced Spanish class tasked us with examining sports in a Spanish-speaking country. We came into contact with Federico Elé Rano, a chess enthusiast in Equatorial Guinea (EG), the only Spanish-speaking nation in Africa, and connected over our shared passion for chess. Over the course of several years, we developed chess lesson plans in Spanish, organized scholastic chess festivals and started a GoFundMe page for chess supplies in EG schools (big thank you to the U.S. Department of State for delivering them).

We worked with local chess activists to help found the Equatoguinean National Chess Association (ANAGE) that allowed for Equatoguinean representation in the World Chess Federation (FIDE). In November 2018, we traveled to EG at the invitation of ANAGE when the organization was officially chartered. We visited schools, met with Cabinet-level Ministers and Olympic officials. Our efforts were covered extensively on local and international media and helped raise chess awareness in the entire region.

Read my Trip Blog here!

On Armando Puentes on KBOO Community Radio, an afternoon of conversation about our project. Listen to the radio interview.

Activities and charity

Fun Stuff

Fun Stuff

Jeopardy!

It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience to qualify as one of 15 teenagers nationwide to compete in the 2019 Jeopardy! Teen Tournament. The tournament began on June 17, and I competed in the first round on June 21, 2019. After my victory in the quarterfinals, I competed in the semifinals on June 26, 2019, where I was able to win in a dramatic tiebreaker, advancing to the two-day finals on June 27-28, 2019. After two days of intense gameplay, I feel blessed to have been named the 2019 Jeopardy Teen Tournament Champion! It was truly an honor to meet and compete against the other contestants, and to have the opportunity to appear on a show that has been a huge part of my life.

News Coverage
Previews: KATU ABC News (AM Northwest), The Oregonian, Portland Tribune, KATU ABC News (News Feature), KTVL CBS News
Quarterfinal: The Oregonian – Preview, The Oregonian – Recap
Semifinal (Tiebreaker): Yahoo News, USA Today, The Oregonian, AOL
Finals: The Oregonian – Preview, The Oregonian – Recap, KATU ABC News (AM Northwest)
International Media Coverage: The Economic Times, The Tribune, ZeeNews, Naidunia, IndiaWest, Asian Fortune, RepublicWorld
Profiles: The Oregonian, Portland Tribune, Oregon Public Broadcasting – Think Out Loud

Avi Gupta

Music

Much to the (minor) annoyance of my neighbors, I am a drummer by night, practicing at home and playing concerts at venues around Washington County.

IYSFF

An incredible and unique experience: I had the opportunity to MC and host the International Youth Silent Film Festival Global Awards Show (2017, 2018) where young talented filmmakers from around the world submit their original silent short films to be screened with a live organ soundtrack.

My Featured Work

Media Gallery

Media Gallery

Teen Jeopardy champ makes donation to OHSU | NBC-KGW

‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Honors Alex Trebek With Donation | NowThis

'Jeopardy' teen champ donates part of winnings to cancer
research in honor of Alex Trebek | ABC

Portland 'Jeopardy' champ helps pancreatic cancer fight | CBS- KOIN

A Teen Tiebreaker! | JEOPARDY!

Avi Gupta is the 2019 Teen Tournament Champion! | JEOPARDY!

Local "Jeopardy! Teen Tournament" Champion Avi Gupta.

Local Teen to Appear on Jeopardy!

Watch How Project32 started!

Local Student sends toothbrushes to kids around the world | KGW- NBC

Televisión Guinea Ecuatorial Coverage of Delegation Arrival

Meeting with Equatoguinean Minister of Education, University Instruction & Sports | TV GE

Televisión Guinea Ecuatorial Coverage Of
Inaugural Equatoguinean Open | TVGE

Opening Ceremony, Maria Cano Chess Festival | TV GE

Interview with ANAGE President Pedro Nguema

Interview with ANAGE Technical Director Federico Elé Rano

Presenting in Classrooms in Equatorial Guinea

Opening Ceremony, Maria Cano Chess Festival

Robotics Team Quantum on KATU | ABC