Indian American-led Start-Up SoftWorthy Receives National Science Foundation Innovation-Corps Teams Award

On August 5, Indian American-led startup SoftWorthy announced that it had been named an honoree of the National Science Foundation Innovation-Corps Teams Award. SoftWorthy is a US-based Saurabh Kewlani-led startup. 

A native of New Delhi, Kewlani is part of a project that has received the NSF I-Corps Teams Award. He serves in a leadership role at SoftWorthy, which received the award by NSF for coming up with an innovation that will help design reliable, next-generation electronic devices, 

SoftWorthy was founded in 2020. Led by a team of Indian engineers trained at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, the company develops scientific computing and data analysis tools to address some of the most complex engineering problems that the industry faces today. 

Kewlani is one of the main contributors to the project and guides the team in handling IT systems and IT security issues.  

As part of their project, SoftWorthy develops state-of-the-art computational methods for ‘stochastic modelling, design simulation and sensitivity analysis’ of electronic devices such as printed-circuit-boards. 

“We are honoured to receive the NSF I-Corps Teams award. PCBs have become an essential foundation of today’s electronic products and industrial technology, and the algorithms developed by our team will eventually lead to more robust, failure-resistant PCBs that can operate in uncertain environments,” Kewlani was quoted as saying in a statement. 

“These algorithms will also reduce the PCB design-time due to the advanced innovative techniques used. The team believes the research algorithms will have a wide-ranging impact in a multitude of fields undergoing a technological revolution. The commercialization efforts will provide key breakthroughs in transportation and energy domains, and the NSF I-Corps Teams program will be a great step in this direction for us,” he added. 

SoftWorthy’s project was supported by the MIT Venture Mentoring Service I-Corps Flex program before it received the NSF I-Corps Teams award. The company is also working on performing better medical device design simulations. 

“It has been a great privilege to contribute my training in IT systems towards a social cause that will help others in need. The next-generation diagnostic devices developed using our simulation tool can play a crucial role in rapid short-term response to control spread of infections, and enhance long-term access to primary healthcare, thereby significantly improving public well-being, particularly in resource constrained settings,” Kewlani said. 

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