Senior Creates Life-Saving Program and Gets Recognized by Local News

Samuel Safdari

Solender and his family pose with the cast of NBC Washington news.
Solender and his family pose with the cast of NBC Washington news.

Eric Solender 4  Many people are excited about the new software program developed by Eric Solender, a 17 year old senior, which may potentially save lives. The program determines whether or not the patient in question has a concussion or not.

Solender drew inspiration for his program after he suffered from a concussion while playing basketball 3 years ago. His concussion was so severe that doctors even considered opening up his skull to make room for the brain swelling.  Because of this incident, Solender wanted to use his computer programming and computer science skills to help out people with similar problems.

Solender has always tried to expand his knowledge of computer science, taking his cue from since his dad who is a programmer. He has taken Computer Programming and Programming Concepts, as well as interning at Circle Back Inc., a tech start-up in Virginia, and attending a camp headed by UMBC’s Computer Science professor.

“Children’s National Hospital saved my life, and I wanted to do something that would help out other kids in my situation,” said Solender.

Having had the idea for the program at the end of his junior year, he proceeded to work prodigiously on it throughout the summer.

“I probably spent around 2 or 3 hours every day during the summer on it,” Solender said. “I also made a lot of trips down to the Hospital, where I asked for advice from doctors to help with it [the program].”

One of the more exciting aspects of this program is that its concepts can be used on a broader scale than just concussions. Cognitive Neurology, which is what Solender’s program uses, can be applied to Epilepsy, Autism, and Migraines as well as a large range of different conditions and diseases, which is why so many doctors at the hospital very excited at the program’s potential.

Solender is in the process of obtaining a patent for the program right now, having already obtained a preliminary one until the paperwork goes through, and plans to use the program to advance the health and wellness of society.

In the future, Solender plans to someday be the CTO (Chief Technical Officer) of a web company and make more exciting new developments in the field of computer science just like the one he has had this year.

His efforts have also not gone unnoticed. His program has gained much publicity in the Medical as well as the Computer Science field, so much so, in fact, that reporters from the Today Show, and some local TV stations are coming to interview him.

Solender hopes that this publicity will allow him to spread the knowledge of his program to the community and better enable society to address this health risk.
To see Solender and his program showcased on NBC Washington News, click here