Fifteen-year-old Indian American Tanishq Abraham is the youngest to become a bio-medical engineering graduate. Tanishq graduated from the University of California, Davis and has passed out with the highest honors of 'summa cum laude' - an academic level of distinction used by educational institutions and it signifies that a degree that was earned "with the highest honor".
Tanishq has designed a unique device, which reduces the complication while measuring the heartbeat of a burnt patient. The device is designed to measure the heartbeat of a patient, without any physical contact, according to NDTV.
On the day of his graduation, Tanishq’s mother Taji Abraham, who is a doctor of veterinary science said, "It was the best Father’s day gift for my husband and also my dad”. Her husband Bijou Abraham is a software engineer and the family hails from Kerala.
A child prodigy, Tanishq, at the age of five, had cracked the math courses offered by Stanford University’s Education Programme for Gifted Youth in less than six months. His mother says he has been an achiever since his kindergarten days. His other interests include swimming, soccer, tennis and ping pong.
Tanishq is motivated to find a solution to problems. He plans to continue his lab work at Davis for a PhD, and eventually work in a medical school. It was indeed an honorable moment for Tanishq’s grandparents, who are heart patients (both retired veterinary medical PhD doctors), to see him graduate and pursue PhD.
Yeah, of course, what everybody likes to say and what I am also interested in is developing new treatments for cancer, and more effective treatments for cancer," he said.
Tanishq has already been accepted into the University of California, Davis graduate programme, where he plans to get his MD in the next four to five years.