One of the most influential teens of 2013 is a Romanian

Dec 11, 2013 by Oana

Ionut Budisteanu receiving awardLast month, Time magazine has made a top of The 16 Most Influential Teens of 2013, and among Malia Obama (the daughter of president Obama) and Nick D’Aloisio (programming whiz kid who sold his app to Yahoo for $30 mil), on the 9th place is Ionut Budisteanu, a 19-year-old scientist whose project for a self-driving car has won first place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for high school students (back in May).

Impressive, right? Well, that’s not all, Ionut Budisteanu’s self-driving car has a production cost of $4,000, whereas Google's similar prototype costs $75,000. That's truly remarkable!

Yes, the Romanian 19-year-old student has managed to come up with a product that is way more viable (and cost efficient) than Google's famous "driverless car".

Ionut Budisteanu, who is now a student at the University of Bucharest, Romania, plans to continue his research, and someday he wants to be a professor.

This is the kind of news that shows that Romania is often synonym for performance in IT, and that hard work and diligence can end up in Times magazine, even if they come from Hackerville (which is the nickname of Ramnicu Valcea, the Romanian town where Ionut comes from).

 

Also read:

Romanian pupils win big in Balkan informatics competitions
Once again Romania wins gold in programming competition
Young gifted Romanians
Romania ranks 1st among EU countries in programming competition


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