Gitanjali Rao was recognized as America's Top Young Scientist by the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, and received an EPA President’s Environmental Youth Award for inventing her device "Tethys," an early lead detection tool. Gitanjali is also the inventor of “Epione” (a device for early diagnosis of prescription opioid addiction using genetic engineering) and "Kindly" (an anti-cyberbullying service using AI and natural language processing).
She was named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30 in Science” list in 2019 and was honoured as TIME’s “Top Young Innovator” and "TIME Kid of the Year" for her innovations and STEM workshops that she conducts globally, inspiring over 50,000 students in the last two years across five continents and 26 countries. In her sessions, she shares her own process of innovation, which can be used by students all over the world. She often presents in global and corporate forums on innovation and the importance of STEM.
Gitanjali is the author of the book Young Innovator's Guide to STEM, which guides students and educators with a prescribed five-step innovation process. She was honoured as one of America's Top Youth Volunteers by Prudential in 2021 for her workshops. She is working with large organizations to influence an innovation curriculum in education in underprivileged areas.