Western Washington UniversityCommunications and Marketing
DATE: April 15, 2013 2:52:08 PM PDT
WWU Team Receives Honorable Mention in Environmental Innovation Challenge

Contact: Cara Omoto, omotoc@students.wwu.edu

BELLINGHAM – A group of five Western Washington University students were awarded Honorable Mention in the University of Washington’s Environmental Innovation Challenge on April 4.

Western’s team was the first non-UW team to place in the completion, and split the prize of $2,500 between them.

Teams were asked to create innovative clean technology solutions.  Teams had to create a business summary, design and create a working prototype, and the team then presents the final project to 115 judges. 

Western’s team created a solar-charged lantern and USB charging station called The SunScroll. The prototype uses prototype solar collecting technology created at Western’s Advanced Materials Science and Engineering Center by Professor David Patrick and his team.

The challenge brings students from different academic areas together to create these projects.

Western’s team was made up of Cara Omoto of Shoreline and Nate Anderson of Oakdale, Minn., who are both working toward master’s degrees in Business Administration; Christian Erickson of Lake Stevens and Kelsey Scharnhorst of Poulsbo, who are both majoring in Chemistry; and Anna Perrella of Bellevue, who is majoring in Industrial Design.

For more information contact Cara Omoto at omotoc@students.wwu.edu.

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