Prize Recipient

Franklin Orndorff-Plunkett

Franklin Orndorff-Plunkett


Franklin Orndorff-Plunkett from Albuquerque New Mexico will be attending Massachusetts Institute of Technology majoring in physics. He attended high school Albuquerque Academy where he served as president and vice-president during his junior and senior years. Throughout middle school and high school he participated in Science Olympiad and lettered in science for those activities. In addition to the sciences, Franklin also has interests in foreign languages. He studied Mandarin Chinese, joining the Chinese III course his senior year and is planning to continue at MIT.

Update February 2015:

After graduating from MIT, Franklin moved to Brazil for a year with a grant from the MIT Industrial Liaison Program as an intern at Fundação CERTI, LabMat at Universidade Federal Santa Catarina and LabElectron in Florianópolis. On his return to the US, Franklin participated in an NIH post-bachelor's program called PREP for biomedical research at University of New Mexico. He is currently preparing for doctoral work in the Medical Devices and Systems track in the electrical engineering department at UC San Diego.  He hopes to join a lab focusing on biosensing and physiological monitoring technology.