The 2021 Jack Rosen Competitors
Electric Aviation Canada
Daniel Byskal, 1st year Environment, Resources and Sustainability graduate student.
Net-Zero Electric Training Aircraft
- Team Electric Aviation Canada addresses consequential environmental problems associated with the immense amount of fuel used during standard aircraft training for airline transport pilots.
- Electric Aviation Canada proposed solution is the implementation and integration of electric training aircraft into the standard licensing requirements for pilots. This initiative provides zero carbon emissions, a lower capital acquisition cost, and lower operating costs while saving 30+ tonnes of CO2 per license.
University of Waterloo
Yusof Ghiasi, 1st year Geography and Environmental Management graduate student.
Global Water Future
- The environmental problem that Team University of Waterloo addresses are the manual methods used for measuring soil water content over small and medium-sized farmlands. These practices are both labour intensive and time-consuming.
- University of Waterloo’s proposed solution is to use reflected GPS signals to study the reflectivity of the soil to retrieve soil water content values. The hope is that GPS-Reflectometry will become an affordable alternative for huge-cost soil moisture monitoring systems currently applied at farmlands.
Elijah Birley, 2nd year Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student
Eden Graham, 2nd year Planning undergraduate student
Jocelyn Bretzlaff, 2nd year Health Studies undergraduate student
Elise Wilts, 2nd year Therapeutic Recreation undergraduate student
Conserve 2 Preserve
- The environmental problem that Beyond Energy addresses is the high demand for non-renewable fossil fuels.
- Beyond Energy’s proposed solution is to reduce fossil fuel by decreasing household energy use, specifically water heating. Conserve2Preserve is a small, easy-to-use temperature-reading device that will monitor and notify the person of the current water temperature from anywhere in the house.
- By fostering a combination of awareness and mindfulness regarding water temperature, this device has the potential to significantly reduce household energy.
Ashoke Mohanraj, 4th year Environment, Resources and Sustainability undergraduate student
Shaishav Joshi, 1st year Master of Accounting graduate student
- Spirulina Solutions is a social enterprise aimed at addressing eutrophication and malnutrition by harvesting cyanobacteria and converting it into a nutrient-dense and affordable spirulina supplement.
- The goal is to turn a complex socio-ecological issue into an efficient, profitable and sustainable venture that helps consumers gain affordable and convenient access to spirulina supplements.
Kayleanna Giesinger, 1st year Masters of Sustainability Management, SEED graduate student.
Multi-Criteria Decision Making for Sustainable Economic
- Team Re-Source addresses the problem of using Economic Development (ED) for poverty eradication. Though successful in increasing incomes and expanding opportunities. There is concern that it comes at the expense of social and environmental sustainability.
- Re- Source’s proposed solution is Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM), a tool to provide a more holistic decision-making resource for communities that acknowledge the interconnectivity of economic indicators with social and environmental outcomes.
Marco Aurelio Moran Ledesma, 1st year Ph.D. Systems Design Engineering graduate student
Ana Carolina Esteves Dias, 1st year V2V Global Partnership, SEED graduate student
Valeria Mendoza De La Luz, 2nd year MES Sustainability Management graduate student
VR Digital Coast Manager
- The problem that MAV addresses is the unsustainable management of coastal areas.
- Team MAV proposes to implement “VR Digital Coast Manager”, a virtual reality-based interactive platform that allows planning professionals to explore and simulate the impact of their decisions and actions on coastal areas.
Circular Harvest Farm Co. Ltd.
Kyle Born, 4th year Environment and Business undergraduate student
Chadd Bauman, 4th year Environment and Business undergraduate student
- The environmental problem that team Circular Harvest Farm Co. Ltd addresses is the loss of nutritional value of fresh herbs and leafy greens due to international shipping, traditional methods of pesticides, and chemical fertilizers.
- The proposed solution is to leverage vertical hydroponic technology to grow and provide fresh crops year-round using less water, a smaller amount of land and zero pesticides.
Matthew Mawdsley, 4th year Aviation undergraduate student
Noah Rawlinson, 4th year Aviation undergraduate student
Christopher Brukner, 4th year Aviation undergraduate student
Mental Health in Aviation
- Team Status addresses social sustainability by destigmatizing mental health in the aviation industry through normalization, discussion, and empowerment.
- The solution is, Status, an app specifically designed for pilots to help eliminate mental health issues in the field.
Sara Ford, 1st year Sustainability Management graduate student
Tatianna Brierley, 1st year Sustainability Management graduate student
Bharvjit Parmar, 4th year Environment and Business undergraduate student
Using Blockchain to Promote Sustainable Cobalt Mining
- Team Cryptic Cobalt addresses issues around the lack of transparency and ethical behaviour in the cobalt mining industry.
- The proposed solution developed by Cryptic Cobalt is to implement a distributed ledger technology (DLT) called blockchain to ensure transparency and ethical supply chain practices.
Liahm Ruest, Masters in Rhetoric graduate student
Alexander Racher, 4th year Environment and Business undergraduate student
Nicholas Jelich, 4th year Science and Business undergraduate student
- The problem team Prokaryo address is the use of chromium tanning in the production of leather. The primary issue with tanning is the pollution of leftover chemicals and hazardous waste.
- Team Prokaryo's proposed solution is the creation of genetically engineered bacteria to produce a leather-like textile that uses less land, water, and energy than both traditional leather and current plastic alternatives.
Isabella Daneyko, 2nd year Biomedical Engineering undergraduate student
Haya EL-Merheby, 2nd year Environment, Resources and Sustainability undergraduate student
- Team Decomp addresses the problem of plastic waste pollution and the greenhouse gas emissions associated with it. Plastic waste takes 400-1000 years to decompose, and as it sits in landfills, it releases harmful greenhouse gases, such as ethylene and methane.
- The proposed solution is to use Decomp, an organic plastic waste disposal solution that utilizes bioreactor technology to create and maintain the optimal growing conditions for plastic degrading microbes.