Sahithi Pingali is a second-year student at Stanford University studying Environmental Systems Engineering. She is the founder and CEO of WaterInsights, an environmental non-profit that uses citizen science to increase environmental awareness and gather large-scale water quality data.
Her list of awards and honors includes the Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award in 2019, a gold medal at the International Sustainable World Environment-Engineering-Energy Project Olympiad in 2017, the USAID Global Development Innovation Special Award, the Arizona State University Walton Sustainability Solutions Special Award, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdul Aziz Special Award for Outstanding Performance in Water Technology, the King Constantine Medal for outstanding spirit of community service in 2018, and more. In 2017 the MIT Lincoln Laboratory named a minor planet after her, for winning a Grand Award at Intel ISEF in Los Angeles – where she represented India.
Pingali was featured as a lead cast member in the documentary film “Inventing Tomorrow” by Laura Nix, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018. She was also named as one of Teen Vogue’s 21 under 21 in 2019.
TIP Courses: Entrepreneurial Leadership, 2013