Hannah Herbst is 16 years old and has a passion for learning, solving problems, and helping others. She is currently fully dual enrolled at Florida Atlantic University while being a sophomore in high school. She is pursuing her undergraduate degree in computer engineering. Hannah created an ocean energy probe prototype that seeks to offer a stable power source to developing countries by using untapped energy from ocean currents. This innovation was inspired by Hannah's desire to help her nine-year-old pen pal living in Sub-Saharan Africa, where many people live in energy poverty with sporadic or no access to electricity.
Hannah competed in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, and was awarded the title of “America's Top Young Scientist” in 2015. Hannah has delivered speeches and keynote addresses at the Social Innovation Summit, National Science Olympiad Competition, Discovery Education Leadership Conference, and the United Nations STI Forum. She has a passion for educating others using STEM, and has exhibited her research at the 2016 White House Science Fair, United State of Women, and Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. In her spare time, she enjoys competing in Science Olympiad and First Tech Challenge. Hannah highly values volunteering, and spends countless hours working with aspiring elementary and middle school science fair competitors.