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Raymond Wang

Youth Innovator, Entrepreneur & Non-Profit Leader

Raymond Wang is a Youth Innovator who is passionate about science, technology, engineering and entrepreneurship. He is one of Canada’s Top 20 Under 20, and most recently, the recipient of the Gordon E. Moore award for the Top Project at the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). His internationally-acclaimed research in engineering mechanics, renewable energy, biomechanics, environmental management and computer science have made him a go-to-commentator on youth innovation.

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Presentations

Science & Innovation | Embracing the Opportunity to Change Lives
Educators, Students, and the General Public alike will all appreciate this inspirational and informative talk. Delivered from the heart, Raymond shares his interdisciplinary research journey, from his first, life-changing spark at age 12 to his garnering the top prize at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) many years later. From the perspective of a finalist and an organizer, Raymond further discusses the unique takeaways of these hands-on research competitions, and describes how they have supported his personal and interpersonal growth in the grand scheme of things.

Power in the Collective: How the Next Generation is Changing Sustainability
In the world of climate change, energy crisis, and natural resource shortages, the up-and-coming generation of youth is not one to sit passively. As the founder of Sustainable Youth Canada (SYC), a Canadian non-profit with chapters from coast to coast run 100% by youth in high school and university, Raymond shares SYC’s founding story and aim of creating a national identity for youth to unite for sustainability, and highlights some of the initiatives, events, and actions that young people are taking to create a more sustainable future.

Germs: How They Travel & How We Can Stop Them
Raymond Wang isn’t even 20 years old, but he’s already helping to build a healthier future. Using fluid dynamics, he created computational simulations of how air moves on airplanes, and what he found is disturbing — when a person sneezes on a plane, the airflow actually helps to spread pathogens to other passengers. Wang shares an unforgettable animation of how a sneeze travels inside a plane cabin as well as his prize-winning solution: a small, fin-shaped device that increases fresh airflow in airplanes and redirects pathogen-laden air out of circulation.

Platform Plus

Panelist/In Conversation
Video/Online Program

Awards

2015
Intel International Science and Engineering Fair | Gordon E. Moore Award for Best in Fair
Corporate Knights | Canadian Top 30 Under 30

2014
Plan Canada | Top 20 Under 20

  • Raymond did you proud. Suzuki could take lessons from this kid. He hung around, schmoozed, took pictures, chatted, and even asked about the Coalition for Green Health Care and our initiatives.



    - Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care
  • [His] TEDYouth 2015 Talk is given expertly, and without any slurs or attempts to sway public opinions towards side issues. He brings proof that computers can be used to quickly help humans find their way. Recent Inspirational talks have not been at this level.

    - TEDYouth 2015 Attendee
  • Kudos to this young man! He has a very bright future ahead.

    - NPR
  • This is the kind of innovation and entrepreneurial spirit we need .

    - Wall Street Journal

Summary Profile

Raymond is an upbeat and charismatic speaker whose drive to change the world around him inspires audiences to seek out and innovate. His passionate presentations are both informative and empowering, and challenge people to take action. As an Innovator, Entrepreneur, and Environmentalist, Raymond is known to uniquely engage various types of audiences in a way that synthesizes new perspectives, and sparks continued conversation extending well beyond the end of his talks.” A young leader in STEM innovation, entrepreneurship, and non-profits, Raymond is passionate about engineering, applied sciences, technology, and sustainability.

In 2015, for his work on curbing disease transmission in aircraft cabins to help stop the next disease epidemic, Raymond was honored with the prestigious Gordon E. Moore award for Best In Fair at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the largest pre-college research competition in the world, competing with 1700+ finalists nationally selected from 75+ countries.

Since Raymond began his journey with STEM at age 12, founding his own company to sustain his research, his work in the fields of engineering mechanics, renewable energy, biomechanics, environmental management, and computer science has garnered sustained worldwide acclaim, earning him the top prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, multiple Gold Medals at the Canada Wide Science Fair, and the honor of representing Canada as a Global Semi-Finalist for the Google Science Fair. Raymond’s innovations have often been featured by media like CBC, NBC, and TED. As an advocate for youth involvement in STEM, Raymond is a member of OWL Magazine’s Advisory Board, and regularly helps other young researchers publish their work as a Senior Editor on the International Student Editorial Board (ISEB) of the Journal of Student Science and Technology. 

Believing in the power of connected communities to create change, Raymond is also the founder of Sustainable Youth Canada, a federally registered non-profit uniting 500+ youth in 8+ chapters across the nation with a common identity to get involved with sustainability-focused action. In his spare time, Raymond enjoys music as an avid pianist and former clarinetist in the National Youth Band of Canada. In his studies at Harvard University, Raymond envisions himself pursuing an interdisciplinary career, innovating at the intersection of engineering and business to do his part in bettering the world.

In 2016 Raymond was invited guest at an exclusive State Dinner Celebrating Canada-US Relations. The event was attended by the likes of Vice-President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justing Trudeau.

In his spare time, Raymond enjoys music as an avid pianist and former clarinetist in the National Youth Band of Canada. In his studies at Harvard University, Raymond envisions himself pursuing an interdisciplinary career, innovating at the intersection of engineering and business to do his part in bettering the world.