On April 11-13, a team of nine Michigan Tech students participated in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Sustainable Design Expo as a part of the P3 program for People, Prosperity and Planet in Washington DC. The team won the AIChE Youth Council on Sustainable Science and Technology P3 Award. This award was given to one of 40 teams by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Institute for Sustainability and SustainUS, a nonprofit organization of young people advancing sustainable development and youth empowerment in the United States. The award recognizes the team that has the most interdisciplinary and community engaged project that will have a significant impact on reducing resource use locally, regionally, nationally or globally and that can benefit youth.
The team also earned an Honorable Mention P3 Award from the EPA.
The team includes the following students and was mentored by Jay Meldrum (director of the Keweenaw Research Center) and Richelle Winkler (assistant professor in social sciences):
- Edward Louie, MS environmental and energy policy
- David Anna, BS mechanical engineering
- Krista Blumberg, BS chemical engineering
- Andrew Garrod, BS mechanical engineering
- Melissa Michaelson, BS anthropology
- Dana Savage, BS chemical engineering
- Nicolette Slagle, MS environmental engineering sciences
- Theresa Tran, BS science and technical communication
- Kayla Warsko, BS chemical engineering
(This article originally appeared in Tech Today. Writer: Allison Mills)