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Presidentís IQP Award Winners Announced

Student projects resolving water issues in a Thai village and reducing landfill waste in Puerto Rico took top honors in this yearís Presidentís IQP Awards. The awards recognize the best projects that examine a problem at the intersection of technology and society. In all, President Berkey and a panel of distinguished judges recognized five projects for student work performed in the corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors around the world.

The two projects that tied for first place involved designing an irrigation system for a center for abused children in Thailand (see page 12), and developing a sustainable waste management system for McNeil Consumer Healthcare in Puerto Rico.

There was also a tie for second place. Students worked with the Department of Infrastructure, Water, and Technical Services in Windhoek, Namibia, to assess a pilot study for a pre-pay water metering system in the cityís informal settlements as a solution to nonpayment. The other team developed a low-cost robotics outreach and educational program in conjunction with the Worcester Public Schools as a way to teach basic engineering and programming principles, and encourage high school students to pursue an education in engineering or science.

Third place went to a team that helped to preserve the nautical traditions and maritime heritage of Venice, Italy. The students worked with Arzanŗ, an organization specializing in the study and conservation of historic Venetian boats.

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