In the first annual Entrepreneurial Impact Competition, the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering celebrated innovation and recognized two student teams with $5,000 prizes for their ideas to detect microplastics and disinfect drinking water.
When Victoria Lynn first visited campus as a sophomore in high school and set her eyes on Tech Tower, she instantly knew that Georgia Tech was her dream school. Lynn joined the robotics team in her junior year of high school, helping her discover her passion for engineering and further confirming that Tech was where she belonged.
Following an open call for entries from students in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, four finalists were selected for the final round of the first annual Entrepreneurial Impact Competition on Friday, March 19th at 4:30 p.m.
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.