WASHINGTON, D.C. — A team of five Gonzaga University engineering students captured a $90,000 grant in a national engineering competition in the nation’s capital this week for developing two methods to improve the health of Zambian women and children and a plan to distribute the devices in the African nation.
One of the students’ breakthroughs involves development of a simple ventilation system for kitchens in rural dwellings that uses electricity generated from thermoelectric cells that are driven by the waste heat from cooking fires. Their second development is a ceramic water filter made with local materials to remove contaminants from drinking water in the home.
The students won the award in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 8th annual People, Prosperity and the Planet competition April 21-23. The competition encourages college students to design environmental solutions that aim for a sustainable future, encourage economic growth, and use natural resources more efficiently.