by Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa, USA, The Review
29 June 2011
Maharishi School student Atreya Dey continues to garner major awards for his ground-breaking research on a new method for water purification. And classmate Raph Burne was recognized for research on building insulation.
Mr. Dey's awards include winning 4th place and $500 in the Environmental Management category at the prestigious Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles—a competition that included 1,500 winners of regional science fairs around the world.
His research also won the top Iowa award in the U.S. Stockholm Junior Water Prize—and the right to represent Iowa at the national competition in Chicago later in June.
And he garnered a gold medal and $1,000 in the environment category at the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project Olympiad in Houston, while Mr. Burne brought home a bronze medal and $400 in the engineering category.
Mr. Dey has developed a method for extracting pollutants such as heavy metals and organic compounds from water using biobased ferrite nanoparticles. Mr. Burne studied the potential of honeycomb cardboard to replace traditional materials that are used to construct walls.
Mr. Dey said a highlight at the Intel science fair in Los Angeles, the world's largest high school science research competition, was meeting Nobel laureates as well as Bill Nye of "The Science Guy" fame and hundreds of like-minded youth passionate about science.
Mr. Dey also recently presented his research on removing organic compounds and heavy metal pollutants from water at the 93rd annual Iowa Water Environment Association conference in Coralville.
At the conference, the Water Environment Federation presented a plaque to Mr. Dey.
The featured speakers included Ephraim King, director of science and technology at the federal Environmental Protection Agency, and Roger Lande, director of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
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