Amazing Accomplishment Scott Soifer!
North Shore Senior Scott Soifer just received a United States Patent for his invention called a Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention System aka VHPS. You may remember from reading about it on the NSHAHS website that last year that Scott won First Place at LISEF (Long Island Science and Engineering Fair) and Fourth Place at ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) when he presented the prototype and research paper on this device. Note that a requirement to enter the international fair, a presenter must take first place at LISEF. http://www.nshahs.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=452814&type=d&pREC_ID=1064904
A little history of his patent journey - back in the ninth grade, Scott was doing invention research by looking for problems to solve. He found that many children, pets and elderly are dying or suffering grave injuries due to being left in overheated vehicles. He then discovered that currently only reminder systems exist, but by then, it could be too late to avoid injury.
Working under the supervision of Dr. Runco and Mr. Weinberg, Scott began his first generation prototype where he used his electrical and mechanical engineering skills to develop a device that connects to a car’s electrical system via the use of a car key fob to set the device on. Once on, the device installed under the steering wheel would monitor the temperature inside the vehicle and the carbon dioxide level (CO2) exhaled. Once an established unsafe critical level was reached, the device would automatically turn on the engine and air conditioning to cool and aerate the car. This is the version he presented in competition in his sophomore year.
He then decided to find a way to upgrade and improve the device creating the second, and much smaller, generation version that is the award winning patented system. The on-board diagnostic port device is turned on automatically via a Raspberry Pi microcomputer built into the device. In addition, Scott developed an app that sends a notification to the phone of the owner and automatically contact the police about the conditions within the vehicle. In addition to the previous features of temperature and carbon dioxide breath detection, he also added a feature that would detect the level of carbon monoxide (CO) to prevent poisoning in the case of a clogged tailpipe or leaving an engine running in a closed space such as a garage.
Last month, Scott received the formal copy of his United States patent (see above) and has since been working to achieve international patents with each respective country where he has applied. Stateside, he received an Honorary Citation from the Nassau County Legislature for his amazing invention.
In his spare time, Scott enjoys long-distance biking, snowboarding and skiing, baseball and golf. He is on the North Shore varsity baseball team. He also enjoys working in the foldaway woodworking shop he built in his parents’ garage or in the electronics lab he set up in the laundry room or using the three monitors and 3-D printer in his bedroom. He attributes his love of robotics, engineering and woodworking to his aeronautical engineer grandfather. Together they built a bike ramp for tricks and a hovercraft. He considers himself to be both creative and an abstract thinker. That comes as no surprise!
He is graduating in June. In addition to making decisions about college, Scott’s long term goal for the Vehicular Heatstroke Prevention System is that it would be made mandatory in all new cars worldwide. Imagine how many lives would be saved! Imagine how many more extraordinary inventions Scott will bring into the world! Great job! Congratulations!