Downingtown East Grad Wins National ‘Invent a New Future Challenge’

Vamshi Voruganti, an up-and-coming innovator from Exton and Downingtown East, topped 3M’s national Invent a New Future Challenge and will soon compete internationally.

He’s already engineered an award-winning reputation for innovation, and now Vamshi Voruganti is inventing a new future for himself on the international stage.

The Exton native and Downingtown East High School graduate is now a junior at Penn State, and he recently topped the entire field of national finalists in the 2017 3M Invent a New Future Challenge.


“The national round was one of the most impactful experiences of my college career,” Voruganti said. “Meeting and competing against inspiring student-leaders from across the country helped me grow immensely as a professional in a very short amount of time.”

Voruganti will now put his industrial engineering studies and inventive mind to the test against top students from 12 countries who will engage in 3M’s ultimate business simulation case challenge that tests problem-solving, leadership, and teamwork skills, while helping students gain invaluable business insights and experience.

“I am very excited for the global round because I think it will be an opportunity to be exposed to different cultures and to learn more about diversity in the world,” Voruganti said. “I can’t wait to represent Penn State and the United States this July!”


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