Student launches robotics company in Christchurch
A University of Canterbury PhD student has won an intern scholarship to the IBM research centre in the heart of Silicon Valley.
Steven Banerjee has received an IBM funded University of Canterbury BlueFern internship to spend up to six months at the IBM Almaden Research Labs in San Jose, California. It is one of IBM’s nine worldwide research labs and has made seminal contributions to computer storage systems and materials science and technology.
“This visit will help me in my start-up venture in Christchurch when I come back to New Zealand,” says Banerjee. “My plan is to develop the world’s first micro/nano robotic desktop-sized factory for manipulating objects that are tens to hundreds of times smaller than a speck of dust.
“I want to create this first-of-its-kind tiny factory that will have applications from drug research and discovery to the 3D printing of molecules. It will have downstream benefits to the New Zealand economy working out of Christchurch with angel investors from Silicon Valley and New Zealand. This would be a win-win scenario not only for New Zealand but also globally.”