Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2014

2014 Patrick H Hurd Sustainability Award Winner Miriam Demasi accepts the award from Dr. Andy Miller
2014 Patrick H Hurd Sustainability Award Winner Miriam Demasi accepts the award from Dr. Andy Miller

EPA Recognizes Environmental Innovation at World’s Largest Science Competition for High School Students/Miriam Terese Demasi wins EPA Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award and will participate in National Sustainable Design Expo in 2015

The Intel® International Science and Engineering Fair® Exit (Intel ISEF) , is the world's largest international pre-college science competition. It is the premier global science competition for students in grades 9–12. Each year more than 1,700 high school students from over 70 countries, regions, and territories display their independent research and compete for more than $5 million in awards.  

Since 2009, EPA has exhibited and shared information about environmental protection with the ISEF participants and visitors. EPA encourages the young innovators to apply science to environmental challenges and recognizes one student whose work demonstrates a commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship with the EPA Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award.

In 2011, the Sustainability Award was renamed in honor of Patrick Hurd, who managed the effort behind the first EPA Sustainability Award. Read his Science Wednesday blog post Science is Cool and Verle Hansen's blog post Among the Stars to get an idea of what ISEF is like.

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 2015. P3 is an annual event that brings together young environmental innovators and scientists to showcase their designs for a sustainable future.

Miriam Terese Demasi is the winner of the 2014 Award for her project to develop a sustainable, affordable and environmentally-sound building material for earthquake-prone areas in the developing world to use in place of adobe. EPA judges selected Demasi from over 1,700 ISEF finalists participating in Los Angeles, CA May 12-16, 2014. 

Patrick H. Hurd Sustainability Award Winners
2014
Miriam Demasi
Safe and Sound Housing: Lime/Fly Ash Papercrete as a Substitute for Adobe in Seismically-Active Regions in Developing Nations
Miriam Demasi
2013
Jacquel Rivers and Arne Nipales
Total Solar Strategy for the Tohono O'Odham Nation
Jacquel Rivers and Arne Nipales
 
2012
Thabit Pulak
Home-Based Arsenic Bio-Sand Water Filter
Thabit Pulak
2011
Param Jaggi
The Algae-Mobile 3: Bioactive Energy and Carbon Dioxide Filtration in the Exhaust of a Car
Param Jaggi
2010
John Charles Boykin
Can Recycled Plastics be Used to Reduce Landfill Waste, Help Improve the Infrastructure of Buildings, Roads, Highways and Bridges and Reduce Greenhouse Gas? Exit
John Boykin
2009
Ryan Cherian Alexander
Energy COOL: An Echo of Humming Wind? Exit
Ryan Alexander