Team NOx-Out Wins Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development
BCOE's NOx-Out team placed first in the Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development
competition for its development of a lawn mower attachment that reduces air pollution.
The team, led by Dr. Kwai Tam and researchers Alyssa Yan, Priyanka Singh, and Anna
Almario, competed nationally to be named a top three finalist and was awarded first
place ahead of Duke University and the University of California, Berkeley.
The project, titled "NOx-Out: Selective Catalytic Reduction System for Emissions Control
of Small Off-Road Engines," focused on teh development of a device that drastically
reduces air pollutant emissions from lawn mowers. Unlike automobiles, most lawn mowers
do not contain catalytic converters, which transform air pollutants to less harmful
A test run at BCOE found that the device could reduce carbon monoxide by 87 percent
and nitrogen oxides by 67 percent. More recent improvements have increased the capture
of particulate matter from 44 percent to 93 percent.
Husk-to-Home Team Wins EPA P3 Phase II Award
Colin Eckerle, Jose Corbala-Delgado, Brandon Leu, Kevin Li, Jacqueline Ortega, Brian
Rojas-Lerena, Dennis Jones
Chemical and Environmental Engineering & Business Administration
BCOE's Husk-to-Home team has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) to build housing in the Phillipines using a termite-resistant composite
material created from waste rice husks. The product, which the students believe could
be used for furniture in the United States, will last longer, be environmentally friendly,
and cost less when compared to comparable alternatives.
New App Connects Students and Tutors
Sultan Khan and Haasith Sanka
Computer Science and Engineering
At a recent hackathon, two undergraduate computer science students created Scholarly,
an on-demand tutoring service that connects students with nearby tutors. The app earned
them a first place win at the world's largest education hackathon, HackingEDU. Described
as the "Uber for Tutors," Scholarly users can view tutor profiles, set meeting locations
and get help with their studies with a click of a button.