# Syamantak Payra wins $50,000 Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award Wednesday 18th of May 2016 ### Sharing is caring Indian American teenager from Texas Syamantak Payra (15) has won the$50,000 Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award. Payra won this prestigious award along with Kathy Lu (17).

He won the award for his work in making a low-cost electronically-aided knee brace device which allows people with weakened legs to be able to walk better.

Payra had tested his design on two people that were left partially disabled after suffering from polio. His device has allowed them to walk more naturally, and improved their mobility.

He had won this award after beating out 1,700 young scientists from 419 fairs held in 77 countries around the world.