Adree Khondker


Adree Khondker, more commonly known as Mughda, is a grade 11 IB student at Westdale Secondary School from Hamilton, ON. Mughda lives for STEM, there is nothing that interests him more than the science and mathematics. Mughda has always attempted to share STEM with others through extra-curricular activities and outreach. He believes that the most satisfying feeling is not to solve a problem, but to see your solution create ten more problems.

Mughda has only recently joined the science fair domain in 2014 with a pair project, with partner Federico Cao, exploring the Thermoelectric Effect. Even if this may be a late entry into the competition, science has been at his side in every aspect of life from the early years.

The 2014 project was titled “Augmenting Solar Energy: Application of the thermoelectric effect on Photovoltaics.” A project which tried to challenge the theoretical barrier of photovoltaic efficiency by tapping into the waste heat energy dissipated from solar panels globally. Mughda and Federico found that with just a small $3 add-on, the efficiency of an entire photovoltaic system could be increased by 10% of what it originally was utilizing a variant type of semiconductor. They later delved upon the physical characteristics of this and began finding proportionalities between temperature, voltage, and current. This earned them a total of seven awards at BASEF regional fair, encompassing distinction from Yale Science and Engineering, and a spot in the Canada-Wide National Science Fair where they earned a bronze medal and scholarships.

Mughda is already set on establishing a STEM outreach program within the Hamilton School Board to build interest in science and mathematics in elementary school children.

More problems yield more solutions as Mughda says, that is his dream, to delve deeper into science and challenge it. Ultimately, his new aim is upon biophotonics and just as a straight beam of photons, he is focused on bringing biophotonics to the light of day in cancer research in the future. At end, Mughda aims at creating a love for science in the world, and to broadcast his own love of science through research and determination. Mughda wants to equate every solution, solve every predicament, and conclude everything, not to satisfy his need for completion, but rather to give the others something more to complete.

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