Mine Water Geothermal Project Wins Award

by Allison Mills
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