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EPA Recognizes Environmental Innovation at Science Competition for High School Students / Param Jaggi Wins Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award

Release Date: 05/13/2011
Contact Information: Mollie Lemon lemon.mollie@epa.gov 202-564-2039 202-564-4355 Dale Kemery (News Media Only) kemery.dale@epa.gov 202-564-7839 202-564-4355

WASHINGTON - Out of more than 1,500 young scientists and engineers competing in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, Param Jaggi was named the winner of EPA's 2011 Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award. A senior at Plano East Senior High School in Plano, Texas, Param is being recognized for his outstanding project, the Algae-Mobile 3: Bioactive Energy and Carbon Dioxide Filtration in the Exhaust of a Car. Inspiration for his project struck when Param was at a red light, looking at an idling car in front of him. His efforts support improving air quality and Americans’ health through the use of clean energy technologies.

"This science fair is an amazing gathering of bright young scientists and engineers," said Paul Anastas, assistant administrator of EPA's Office of Research and Development. "EPA is proud to recognize student innovators such as Param for using science to create a greener, more sustainable future."

EPA’s award provides funding for the winning student and a chaperone to participate in and display the student’s project at EPA’s P3: People, Prosperity, and the Planet Student Design Competition for Sustainability in 2012. P3 is an annual event that brings together young environmental innovators and scientists to showcase their designs for a sustainable future.

The science and technology fair is a pre-college competition to which students advance from several levels of local and school-sponsored, regional, and state fairs showcasing their independent research. The Society for Science & the Public, a non-profit organization dedicated to public engagement in scientific research and education, founded and runs the fair.

More information about EPA’s involvement in the science and technology fair: http://www.epa.gov/research/scievents/isef/

More information about P3 People, Prosperity and the Planet Student Design Competition: http://www.epa.gov/p3