Congressman Pete Visclosky

Representing the 1st District of Indiana

Visclosky Honors Munster High School Student Selected for White House Science Fair

Apr 23, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Pete Visclosky congratulated Nathan Kondamuri on his selection to present at the 2013 White House Science Fair on April 22, 2013.

Kondamuri, a senior at Munster High School, was inspired by the potential of natural phenomena to affect human health and well-being after floods hit Northwest Indiana several years ago. According to a White House overview of Kondamuri’s research, he sought to find ways to harness the power of nature to provide energy in a more efficient manner to various parts of the world. For three years, he has conducted research on a unique solar cell that creates electricity by mimicking photosynthesis.

“As the son of a first generation immigrant, this opportunity was especially exciting for my family and I. My father and grandfather both attended President Obama’s first inaugural, and I know that my grandfather, who passed two years ago, would have been proud,” Kondamuri said.

Kondamuri was the only Hoosier selected to participate in the 2013 White House Science Fair. “I am particularly happy to represent Indiana because we don’t always get this kind of recognition like they do in some states like New York or California. We also have great teachers and schools here, and a lot can be accomplished right here in Indiana if you’re willing to put in the work,” Kondamuri added.

“I commend Nathan on his outstanding work to improve solar cell technology,” Congressman Visclosky said. “Our country’s future is made brighter by young people like Nathan, who never stop questioning, never stop innovating, and never stop inventing. Northwest Indiana is fortunate to be represented by this young man at the White House Science Fair.”

Kondamuri will attend Stanford University next fall, where he says he plans to study chemical engineering and potentially computer science.