Kenji Yoshino ’11
Kenji Yoshino ‘11 graduated from Grinnell with a chemistry degree. His plan had been to wait a year, go to graduate school, and wind up with a PhD. In the summer after his senior year, he designed Try This at Home!, a series of informal science education presentations funded through the Sarah Boyer ‘08 Community Service Fellowship. That experience as well as his Fifth-Year Technical Internship with the Department of Theatre and Dance helped make a doctorate-free future a recognizable possibility.
While completing a post-baccalaureate fellowship tutoring at Grinnell’s Science Learning Center, Yoshino created the device that would become the seed of his current entrepreneurial venture. Billed as the $10 Smartphone Microscope, Yoshino’s invention transformed any smartphone into a digital microscope using only $10 of materials from a hardware store (Ace Hardware in Grinnell, in the case of the very first model).
In 2015, he returned to hometown of Hamilton, NY to use his smartphone microscope as the centerpiece of a small business focused on educational outreach in area schools. After joining a local entrepreneurial incubator and establishing a network of mentors, Yoshino grew his business into Infinite Scope Corporation. In 2017, Yoshino began focusing his efforts on redesigning his microscope. The result is Eureka, an open-source 3D-printable digital microscope. This downloadable design will be released Nov. 17.