Undergrads win top prize at international challenge

Monday, June 5, 2023

An undergraduate design team of 12 students was awarded a top prize at a recent international carbon removal competition in New York.

The team, Engineers Without Borders Waterloo, received first-prize in the most detailed category at the 2023 OpenAir Carbon Removal Challenge at New York University. Each year, this challenge calls for students to create new processes, approaches and prototypes to remove carbon from the land, waters, or air.

Their submission, a device entitled Viridian, traps and stores carbon dioxide emissions using a moisture-swing sorbent, while also growing microalgae using the enriched water by-product.

The Engineers Without Borders Waterloo design team comprises of students Anjiya Sharif, Hussein Hassanali, Laurel Pierroz-Wong, Kami Feng, Katherine Nguyen, Caleb Moore, Francisco Jao, Minji Lee, Sophia Caleca, Sonali Patel, Druthi Padamati and Peter Song.

Presenting Viridian at the 2023 OpenAir Carbon Removal Challenge

Team members from Engineers Without Borders Waterloo present their prize-winning submission Viridian at the 2023 OpenAir Carbon Removal Challenge.