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.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT VASUNDHARA MACHERLA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
University of Pennsylvania | Pennsylvania, United States | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 9
" Collaboration and a growth mindset fuel innovation and exploration. By learning from others and finding meaningful connections, I hope to strive towards improving myself and my goals. I am excited to immerse myself in this opportunity with an open mind and welcome new thoughts while working with others.” "
Millennium Fellowship Project: TemPower
More than 3 million people die from vaccine-preventable diseases each year. Approximately 1.5 million of these deaths are in children less than 5 years old, one death almost every 20 seconds. Sadly, many of these deaths are due to failures along the vaccine cold chain in poor and developing countries. Health workers transport vaccines from local health centers to villages on a motorcycle or on foot, carrying a smaller volume container known as a vaccine carrier. The vaccine carriers are filled with ice packs and lack the ability to keep vaccines cold for enough time or the ability to fine-tune the internal temperature. Using novel metal-energy harvesting technology developed by Penn researchers, we invented a vaccine carrier powered by aluminum sheets.
About the Millennium Fellow
Vasu Macherla is a junior at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing a dual degree in Chemical Engineering and Business Analytics. She is from a suburb near Chicago and has moved seven times before throughout the United States. Vasu aspires to improve the quality of human life through various initiatives including her current startup targeting vaccine delivery in developing countries and helping host Penn’s Sustainability Challenge. Through this goal, she is excited and ready to learn and contribute towards various United Nation’s Sustainability Goals.