Four graduate students competed in the DOW Sustainability Innovation Challenge Award (SISCA) and received second place for their entry. The team of Patrick Saboe, Bryan Ferlez, Yuexiao Shen, Mustafa Erbakan, and Dr. Manish Kumar as faculty advisor received $2,500 for their entry “Solar Energy Based Biomimetic Water Desalination and Purification.”
Criteria for the competition were based off of the goals that DOW has set out for 2015. The submissions had to feature interdisciplinary work and also a balance of social, environmental and economic success. The award recognizes students and universities for their innovation and research of sustainable solutions to the world’s most pressing social, economic and environmental problems.
Winning students have the opportunity to network with global sustainability thought leaders and peers along with their monetary award. The winners are also able to join a network of SISCA alumni and showcase their work with various external sustainability media.