â€śThese award entries are snapshots of what the future could look like if we handed the reins to these emerging leaders. I have no doubt that we will continue to see great things from these students,â€ť said Gilberto Neves, president and CEO of Odebrecht USA.
The projects were judged by a panel of experts in fields ranging from construction to chemistry, and engineering to sustainability. The criteria included technical contribution, reasoning and depth, real-world applicability, and adherence to Odebrechtâ€™s multifaceted view of sustainability as a synergy of economic development, social development, environmental balance, political participation, and cultural diversity.
A team from Johns Hopkins University took second place; Jay Hyug Choi, Sangkyun Cho, and Victor Hyun submitted â€śPegasus (Paper for Education, Growth, and Sustainability)â€ť with advising professor Erica Schoenberger. For their concept of a small-scale papermaking machine for students in third-world countries, the team won $7,000, as well as $4,000 for their professor and $4,000 to the university.
Third place went to North Carolina State University students Monica Golike, Richard Figueroa, and Nicole Santos, who submitted â€śRecyclability of Oil Contaminated Cardboardâ€ť with advising professor Melissa Pasquinelli. Their paper exploring new ways to recycle the 1.2 billion pizza boxes used in the U.S each year won the students $5,000, with $2,500 going to the professor and $2,500 going to the university. All may enter the process to become Odebrecht Young Partners or Braskem Associates; several students have already applied.
Florida International University representatives Susan Jay and Andres Tremante were also present to receive a special recognition, as three separate groups submitted entries that ranked on 4th, 5th, and 6th place consecutively.<< previous 1 2