ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT SIONA PRASAD, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Harvard University | Massachusetts, United States | Advancing SDG 13 & UNAI 9

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" The challenges I am committed to facing, centered around crises of public health and climate change, require a coordinate and global response. I am excited to join a group of peers all equally passionate about improving lives and creating global change. As a fellow, I hope to learn how to use research as a foundation for tangible change while continuing to explore new cross-disciplinary avenues for my work. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Project iSense

Project iSense is an initiative aimed at reducing the greenhouse gas emissions responsible for climate change. I implemented a system of low-cost CO2 sensors on nine drones and cell-phone tower platforms around Washington DC. Using a combination of sensor data, drone platforms and mathematical models, Project iSense identifies and quantifies hotspots of emissions in the city. Recognizing that the burden of a changing climate will fall on healthcare first and that our vulnerable populations will be left most susceptible, I hope to highlight how climate solutions are key to a healthy, livable and more just world.

About the Millennium Fellow

Siona Prasad is passionate about using technology to positively impact people’s lives. Currently a junior at Harvard studying computer science, Siona believes that technology has an immense potential to fight medical challenges, combat environmental crises and improve overarching public health systems. Her current research initiatives range from the development of high-sensitivity stethoscopes for cancer diagnosis and iPhone-based imaging techniques for detecting surgical site infections to large-scale technologies aimed at improving city-wide environmental and public health. In the long-term, she aspires to become a physician-scientist — improving patient care while maintaining a commitment to medical, environmental, and public health innovation.