All Kinds of News for January 08, 2020
TechieForLife (TFL) student Amit is using a cutting-edge algorithm he patented to build an app for his internship with the St. George, Utah based biotech company SoftCell. Notably, Amit is overcoming personal challenges with the mentoring and support he is receiving at TFL, making it possible for him to continue work that's showing great potential to improve health care. Dr. Eric Pedersen, TechieForLife founding partner and the Dean of Science, Engineering and Technology at Dixie State University, is finding some of his brightest students are neurodiverse, like those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and greatly benefit from more specialized social support and mentoring.
Dr. Pedersen explained, "I knew I wanted to be a part of what TechieForLife is doing because I see the needs of these students." After meeting with Amit, Dr. Pedersen helped line up the internship with SoftCell, enabling Amit to test his algorithm and show proof of concept for even broader applications.
The opportunity overlap with this internship is enticing for Amit. SoftCell Biological has developed a patent-pending protocol to culture and examine hidden bacteria in the bloodstream to find strains conventional tests miss. "I'm interested in doing things that have never been done before. There's a possibility to completely change how it's being done in the next ten years," said Amit. Using techniques from his own patent, Amit is creating hyper-parameters to define the structure of the neuro network, optimizing it to be 10-100 times faster. "It's like going from a model T to a Ferrari,” explains Amit in layman's terms.
To learn more about TechieForLife's innovative program and how they're helping neurodiverse young adults, like Amit to succeed, please visit techieforlife.com.
TechieForLife (TFL) is a co-ed, residential postsecondary school with a wrap-around career support program in beautiful St. George, Utah. Students with neurodiverse social, emotional and academic challenges such as autism receive mentoring at TFL so they can build social connections, confidence and independence. Licensed as a vocational school, TFL offers in-house computer tech training, college or trade school help, apprenticeships, internships and job support for individualized paths forward. At TFL, students have a place to belong and support to succeed.