March 5, 2008
UI Engineers for a Sustainable World invited to national competition
A team of 15 students from the University of Iowa chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) has received a $10,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA Phase I grant will allow the students to design a sustainability promoting concept or product and travel to Washington, D.C. to present their design at the National Sustainable Design Expo April 20-22 in the National Mall.
The competition, formally known as the 4th Annual People, Prosperity, and the Planet (P3 Awards) competition, is sponsored by the EPA and held in conjunction with the Design Expo. The UI group is one of 64 student groups from 56 universities competing for additional funding of $75,000 to continue their projects.
The UI project is "Design and Testing of a Point of Use Electrolytic Chlorine Generator for Drinking Water Disinfection in Poor Countries." Craig Just, UI associate research engineer in the College of Engineering Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and ESW advisor, said that the UI project aims to develop a handheld bleach generator that uses simple salt water as an input for use in Mexico, Haiti and other countries. Feedback and design improvement suggestions from the local communities that use the device will be incorporated after the prototypes are tested in March 2008 by rural inhabitants near Xicotepec, Mexico.
In 2006, the UI ESW chapter was honored when the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) invited Just to represent the group at an international conference at UNESCO world headquarters in Paris to help establish an international ESW organization.
ESW is a nonprofit organization with a network of more than 3,000 professionals and students working to reduce poverty and improve global sustainability. The UI chapter, composed of students and professionals, works with Rotary International District 6000, which provides local contacts in foreign lands as well as logistical and financial support. Further information about UI ESW can be found at http:// www.uiesw.org.
EDITORS: Student team members are listed alphabetically by hometown. Listings include year in school and major course of study for each student, with Iowa participants listed first and those from other states and countries following.
Ames: Michael Schaefer, senior, civil and environmental engineering
Marlton: Philip Frystak, junior, civil engineering (structural)
Joplin: Tom Rhoads, junior, civil engineering
Danli (El Paraíso): Leda Lozier, Kirkwood Community College student, Spanish and education
Montego Bay: Richard Meggo, graduate student, civil & environmental engineering
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