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Team Photo   Nimish Ramanlal
Seminole High School, Sanford, FL

Piano, tennis and computer programming

Mu Alpha Theta math society, Physics club, and Spanish honor society

Harvard-MIT Math Tournament (2006, 1st place individual, 1st place calculus, and 2nd place algebra); Florida Sunshine State Scholar (2006, top math and science student in Florida); US Math Olympiad (2003-2006); ARML (2005); Research Science Institute at MIT (2005); Davidson Fellow (2005); Siemens Westinghouse Competition (2005, regional finalist); Intel Science and Engineering Fair (2004 and 2005, 2nd place Grand Award in mathematics); American Mathematics Competition 10 (2004, perfect score).

I was born on May 5, 1988, in Singapore. I lived in Michigan for a while and then in South Carolina before moving to Florida. I was introduced to physics very early, learning about the concepts of fusion and relativity while still in middle school. Persistence is an attribute my parents say I possessed since day one.

My first major national competition was Mathcounts in middle school. Perhaps the most gratifying moment was hearing my name called from the top-ten list at the national Mathcounts competition. While I have since competed in numerous math competitions at the national, state and regional levels, physics has always had my interest.

In 9th grade I learned quantum mechanics and the basic concepts of quantum computing. Having immersed myself in the study of quantum computing and quantum information theory, in the 10th and 11th grades, I developed a Von Neumann-type architecture for programmable quantum computing and greatly increased the set of quantum search algorithms. In my endeavor, I was fortunate to benefit from the expertise of Professor Dan Marinescu of the Computer Science department at University of Central Florida.

I further expanded my knowledge and understanding of quantum information theory while attending the Research Science Institute at MIT at the end of 11th grade.