She discovered the same concept applies to detecting landmines in war zones.
Her project earned her a 2012 Intel Talent Search finalist spot, as well as recognition as one of magazine’s Top 10 High School Inventors of 2012.
Marian notes that her parents’ work in geology inspired her project.
She told MSNBC: “Years ago, they got connected with an international group of scientists working on a project called RASCAN, developing a holographic radar device for detecting land mines.” Marian added: “I met all of these scientists and talked with them about their work and the land mine issue.
Along with his parents, the teenager runs a nonprofit — Jacob’s Place — to help kids with autism.