A team from Georgia Tech has won the Grand Challenge Award from the American Society of Civil Engineering’s Innovation Contest with a concept that could change the way engineers detect microplastics in water.
The award is the latest accomplishment for the recent Tech graduates, who began working on their innovative device called River Recon as a senior design project and are now in the process of filing a patent for their prototype.
Elisabeth McDonnell, a fifth-year environmental engineering major, is just days away from graduating, but also from leaving the country for at least two years. In January, she will be heading to Sierra Leone to work for a company called Water4, which empowers local communities to lead projects that bring them clean water.
Covid-19 forced the academic year to be completed remotely, but it didn’t stop hardworking students from showcasing their impressive senior design projects. The spring 2020 design teams gave their presentations virtually in lieu of the Capstone Design Expo that typically marks the end of the semester for graduating seniors.
A team from Georgia Tech took the No. 2 spot at the Water Environment Federation’s international student design competition. The team, comprised of spring 2019 environmental engineering graduates, earned second place with their entry—the first time a team from Georgia Tech has ever entered the competition.
Three environmental engineering students were selected for the 2019 Millennium Fellowship, a joint leadership development program of the United Nations Academic Impact and the Millennium Campus Network, a global student network committed to advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.