University of California, Riverside

Kawai Tam



Student Design Competition Awards


Dr. Tam and CEE faculty provided mentorship, supervision, and consultation to sophomore, junior and senior design students in the following awards and grants. These projects have also provided numerous opportunities to students at all levels to gain research experience and networking opportunities, including freshman students. A summary of the awards can be found at http://www.cee.ucr.edu/undergrad/sdesign.html. The individual awards are listed below with the titles of the projects and the team members.

2017 WERC/IEE Environmental Design Contest - First Place Award in Open Task ($2,500) and the Terry McManus Outstanding Student Award ($750)
2016 EPA P3 Phase 1 award ($15,000)
2016 World Water Forum College Grant ($10,000)

Project title: Nitreatr- Effectively Removing Nitrates from Water Resources

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In photo (L to R): Christian Urena, Thania Flores, Stephen Boggs, Dr. Kawai Tam (faculty co-advisor), Hira Yoshihara-Saint, and Keith Frogue.
Not in photo: Faculty advisor Dr David Jassby. 
Hira Yoshihara-Saint was the recipient of the Terry McManus Award.

2017 Entrepreneurial, Proof-of-Concept and Innovation Center (EPIC) - First Place Presentation Prize ($1,000) in the Start-ups for Innovators Workshop

Project title: Titania Coatings

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In photo (L to R): Jesse Mendoza, Eric Lin, Damini Bhana, and faculty advisor, Dr. Kawai Tam

2017 Husk-to-Home team awarded Green Campus Action Plan ($4,000) grant. 

Team consists of Barbara Aguirre, Ivan Dang, Akshay Gadkari, Mark Hsu, Edgar Palmes, Michael Pfaff, Riya Sanghvi, and Keanu Valibia.

2017 Honorable Mention for AIChE Award at the National Sustainable Design Expo
2016 EPA P3 Phase 1 Award ($15,000)

Project title: Three-Phase Ammonia Air Scrubber Recycles Water 

2016 Team consists of Steven Jimenez, Steven Rhyans, Tammy Schwinegruber, and Peter Van 
2017 Team consists of Joanna Collado, Kayla Ross, TJ Turner, and David Zendejas 

 

2017 EPA P3 Phase 2 Award ($75,000), 
2016 First Place Superior Sustainable Design Award at the EPA National Sustainable Design Expo/ First Place Team Award at the 2016 Spring Green Expo Eco-Innovators Showcase,
Second Place in the 2016 BIG IDEAS @Berkeley Contest ($7,500),
2016 Green Campus Action Plan ($4,000)

Project title: Husk-to-Home -  A Sustainable Building Material for the Philippines

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In top photo (L to R) Team Husk-to-Home: Dennis Jones, Brandon Leu, Colin Eckerle, Jacqueline Ortega, Jose Corbala-Delgado, Brian Rojas-Lerena and Kevin Li. 
Right photo: Jacqueline Ortega and Colin Eckerle representing Husk-to-Home at Big Ideas @ Berkeley Award ceremony.
Spring Green Expo photos at http://www.mwdh2o.com/DocSvcsPubs/SpringGreenExpo/GreenExpo2016/Eco_Innovators_Showcase_Winners.html.

2016 World Water Forum College Grant ($10k) and Second Place Team Award at the 2016 Spring Green Expo Eco Innovators Showcase

Project title: Sustain-a-Drain - An Advanced Storm Drain Indicative Maintenance Process

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In photo (L to R) Team Sustain-a-Drain: Karim Masarweh, Diego Novoa, Taljinder Kaur, Kenneth Orellana, Franklin Gonzalez and Johny Nguyen.
Spring Green Expo photos at http://www.mwdh2o.com/DocSvcsPubs/SpringGreenExpo/GreenExpo2016/Eco_Innovators_Showcase_Winners.html.

2016 WERC / IEE Environmental Design Contest - Second Place in Open Task ($750) and First Place Peer Review Award ($250)

Project title: Titania Coatings - Smog-reducing coating

resized crop WERC 2016  
In photo (L to R) Faculty advisor, Kawai Tam, Team Titania: Jesse Mendoza, Nic Alves, Chris Connors and Eric Lin.

2015 Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development - First Place ($43k)

Project title: NOx-Out: Selective Catalytic Reduction System for Emission Control of Small Off-Road Engines

odebrecht award with dean  
In photo (L to R) Faculty advisor, Kawai Tam, Team NOx-Out: Anna Almario, Alyssa Yan and Priyanka Singh, and Dean Reza Abbaschian at the award ceremony in Miami, FL.

2015-2016 Phase 1 EPA P3 student design competition ($15k)

Project title: Rice Husk: A Sustainable Building Material for the Philippines

werc pres day
In photo (L to R): Chris Yang, Lamees Alkhamis, Kawai Tam (advisor), Colin Eckerle, Jeniene Abugherir and Joel Sanchez
Not in photo: Advisors: Michael Rust and David Kisailus

2015-2016 Phase 1 EPA P3 student design competition ($15k)

Project title: Sustain-a-Drain: A Novel Indicative Hydrocarbon Filtration System

spring green SaD
In photo (L to R) Kenneth Orellana, Franklin Gonzalez, and Karim Masarweh
Not in photo: Team members: Johny Nguyen and Diego Novoa; Advisor Kawai Tam

2015 Eco Innovators Showcase - Spring Green Expo - First Place Award

Project title: UCR Device "NOx-Out" Harmful Emissions from Small Off-road Engines

first place spring green crop
In photo: Priyanka Singh, CAO Gilbert Ivey of MWD, Alyssa Yan, Anna Almario, and Kawai Tam (advisor) 
Not in photo: David Cocker and Phillip Christopher (advisors)

2015 Product and Manufacturing System Design Contest - Second Place Award ($300)

Project title: Integrated Appliance System (IAS)

 IAS 2
Team: Sergio Morales, Anna Tatyanich, Julianne Rolf, Patrick Tan, and Julie Nguyen 
Not in photo: Kawai Tam and Mark Matsumoto (advisors)

2015 Phase 2 EPA P3 National Sustainable Design Expo - Honorable Mention Award

Project title: NOx-Out: Selective Catalytic Reduction System for Emission Control of Small Off-road Engines

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Team: Jonathan Matson, Priyanka Singh, Alyssa Yan, Kawai Tam (advisor), Anna Almario, Wartini Ng, and Timothy Chow
Not in photo: Brian Cruz, and David Cocker and Phillip Christopher (advisors)

2015 WERC / IEE Competition, First Place Award ($2,500) and the Intel Environmental Innovation Award ($2,500)

Project title: Rice Husk: A Sustainable Material for the Philippines

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Team: Chris Yang, Joel Sanchez, Colin Eckerle, Jeniene Abugherir, Lamees Alkhamis, and Kawai Tam (advisor)

2014-2015 Phase 1 EPA P3 student design competition ($15k)

Project title: NOx-Out: Selective Catalytic Reduction System for Emission Control of Small Off-road Engines

NOx-Out team 2
Team: Wartini Ng, Timothy Chow,  Kawai Tam (advisor), Jonathan Matson, and Brian Cruz
Not in photo: David Cocker and Phillip Christopher (advisors)

2014-2015 Phase 1 EPA P3 student design competition ($15k)

Project title: Technology for the Reduction of Particulate Matter Emissions for Residential Propane BBQs

BBQ team 1     
Team 1: Kyle Russell, Kawai Tam (advisor), Dennis Nguyen, Elizabeth Mende, Justin Tao and Gregory Brinley. Not in photo: David Cocker (advisor)
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Team 2: Andrew Madrigal, Alonso Mejia, Kalyn Situ, Kawai Tam (advisor), Brian Luck and Matthew Tayag. Not in photo David Cocker (advisor)

2014 Eco Innovators - Spring Green Expo - First Place Award

Project title: Heating attic air for space heating and dryer applications using solar thermal energy


Team: Ryan Shoeman, Samantha Mak, Christian Alcaraz, Kawai Tam (advisor), and Julianne Rolf

2014 Phase 2 EPA P3 National Design Expo - Honorable Mention Award

Project title: Test Protocol for Evaluating Smog Reducing Roof Tiles



Team at the 2014 Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, DC: Edwin Rodriguez, Carlos Espinoza, Jessica Moncayo, Louis Lancaster, Kawai Tam (advisor), Chun "Jimmy" Liang, Kelly McCoy. Not in photo: David Cocker (advisor)

2013-2014 Proof of Concept Technology Commercialization Award (>$33k)

Project title: Enhancements to the NOx-Out Selective Catalytic Reducer to Reduce Lawn Mower Emissions
              
Team: Wartini Ng, Timothy Chow, Jonathan Matson and Brian Cruz.
website:  http://www.nox-out.com/

2013-2014 Phase 1 EPA P3 student design competition ($15k)

Project title: Test Protocol for Evaluating Smog Reducing Roof Tiles

 smog tile team

In photo: William Lichtenberg, Calvin Cao, Duc Nguyen, Vincent Chen and Carlos Espinoza
Not in photo: David Cocker and Kawai Tam (advisors).

2013 Phase 2 EPA P3 National Design Expo – Honorable Mention Award

Project title: Pasteurization Using a Lens and Solar Energy (PULSE) Method

 PULSE national design expo

In photo: Jung Joon Park, Jason Farag, Kawai Tam (advisor), Jing Yang, Christopher Quach, and Steven Ochoa
Not in photo: Erika Aragon, Maria Sanchez, Jeffrey Tsai, Henry Yang and Mark Matsumoto (advisor).

2013 Spring Green Expo - Honorable Mention Award

Project title: Pasteurization Using a Lens and Solar Energy for Water Availability, Reclamation and Development (PULSE forWARD)

Honorable Mention Spring Green Expo

In photo: Erika Aragon, Jing Yang, Henry Yang, Jeffrey Tsai and Maria Sanchez.
Not in photo:JJ Park, Steven Ochoa, Chris Quach and Jason Farag.

2013 WERC competition, First place award in Task 1 ($1,750) and First place Peer Review Award ($500)

Project title: Selective Catalytic Reduction Retrofit for Lawn Mowers
Team NOx-Out wins the First Place award for their Task and wins the inaugural Student Peer Review Award!
                      NOx Out polos photo
In photo: Risa Guysi, Holly Clarke, Rosalva Chavez, Joshua Callihan, Jonya Blahut and Kawai Tam (advisor),
website:  http://www.nox-out.com/

2012-2013 Phase 1 EPA P3 student design competition ($15K)

Project title: Pasteurization Using a Lens and Solar Energy (PULSE) Method

                              pulse team
In photo: Jung Joon Park, Estevan Ochoa, Jason Farag, Kawai Tam (advisor), Christopher Quach and David Ye He. Not in photo: Mark Matsumoto (advisor). 

2012-2013 Southern California World Water Forum College Grant, MWD ($10K)

Project title: Pasteurization Using a Lens and Solar Energy (PULSE) Method

                        MWD 2012
In photo: Jung Joon Park, David Ye He, Estevan Ochoa, Jason Farag, Christopher Quach and advisor, Kawai Tam (in front). 
Not in photo: Mark Matsumoto (advisor).  

2012-2014 Phase 2 EPA P3 Award ($90K)

Project title: Heating attic air for space heating and dryer applications using solar thermal energy

                     EPA P3 Phase 2 award

In photo: Lek Kadeli (EPA), Jesse Lozano, Kawai Tam (advisor), Ariana Villanueva, Etinosa Agbonwaneten, Kenny Chau, and Stephen Opot. Not in photo: Mark Matsumoto (advisor), Nhat Nguyen. 

Solar thermal closet website: https://sites.google.com/site/solarthermalclosetproject/



Team at the 2014 Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, DC: Kenny Chau, Christian Alcaraz, Stephen Opot, Samantha Mak, Kawai Tam (advisor), Julianne Rolf, Jesse Lozano, Ariana Villanueva, and Ryan Shoeman. Not in photo: Etinosa Agbonwaneten

 2012 WERC competition, First place award ($2,500) and the Intel Environmental Innovation Award ($2,500)

Project title: Storm Drain Filter Insert with Indicator
Team Sustain-a-drain wins the First Place award for their Task and wins the grand prize Intel Environmental Innovation Award!
                    Sustain a drain with Trophies  intel judging
In left photo: Thomas Kwan, Sarah Bates, Elizabeth Horstman, Shanin Quazi and Kawai Tam (advisor), Not in photo: advisor Mark Matsumoto.  In right photo: Sustain-a-drain presents to the Intel judges.

Sustain-a-drain website:  http://sustain-a-drain.wikispaces.com/

2011-2012 Phase 1 EPA P3 student design competition ($15K)

Project title: Heating attic air for space heating and dryer applications using solar thermal energy

                             epa p3 dryer group photo
In photo: Kawai Tam (advisor), Jesse Lozano, Etinosa Agbonwaneten, Kenny Chau, Ariana Villanueva, Stephen Opot, and Nhat Nguyen. Not in photo: advisor Mark Matsumoto

EPA website: http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/display.abstractDetail/abstract/9580/report/0

2010-2011 Phase 2 EPA P3 student design competition - Student Choice Award

UCR team is selected to present to EPA VIP delegates at the National Sustainable Design Expo and is awarded the Student Choice Award.
Project title: Grid-independent Electricity Generation for Remote Areas based on a Unitized Regenerative Hydroxide Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell System.

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Left photo: Kawai Tam (advisor), Christian Contreras, Joon Bok Lee, Jason Skovgard, and Marcus Chiu with Student Choice Award.
Right photo: All members of the Phase 2 team; Kawai Tam and Yushan Yan (advisors), Christian Contreras, Trevor Vandergrift, Marcus Chiu, Steven Chavez, Joon Bok Lee, Gregory Hammar, and Jason Skovgard.

More about the project can be seen in the educational YouTube video created by the team:
http://www.youtube.com/user/batmandude8#p/a/u/0/MejuLnSy5Sw

2011 WERC competition, First place award ($2,500) and Terry McManus Outstanding Student Award ($750)

Project title: Effect of magnetic fields on ionic solutions
UCR Team achieves historic high scores for combined written paper, oral presentation, poster presentation and bench-scale prototype demonstration in the 21-year history of the WERC competition.

WERC 2011

Pictured left to right: Alfred Liu, Andrew Mikkelson, Kawai Tam (advisor), James Gutierrez (recipient of the Outstanding Student Award), Cindy Brito, and Caleb Stanton

2011 Hydrogen Student Design Contest - Honorable Mention Award

A team of UCR students placed second and received an Honorable Mention Award in competition with an international field of 54 universities from 19 countries in their design for a residential hydrogen fueling system. The winning team included chemical engineering students of Marcus Chiu, Christian Contreras, Joon-Book Lee and Jason Skovgard and a MBA student, Joshua Goins.

hydrogen design contest
Pictured left to right: Marcus Chiu, Joon-Bok Lee, Kawai Tam (advisor), Christian Contreras and Jason Skovgard. Not in photo: Josh Goins and advisor Yushan Yan.

2011 American Public Power Association - Demonstration of Energy-Efficient Developments (APPA-DEED); Student Research Internship grants ($4K/award)


Two teams of UCR students have each won the APPA-DEED awards for their proposed research in energy-efficient research developments. Only ten awards are given out each year across the nation. The proposed work will be done in collaboration with the Riverside Public Utilities agency.

Project 1:Grid-independent Electricity Generation for Remote Areas based on a Unitized Regenerative Hydroxide Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell System.
Awardees: Marcus Chiu, Christian Contreras, Joon-Bok Lee and Jason Skovgard.

Project 2: Converting Campus Waste Streams into Locally Used Energy Products through Steam Hydrogasification and Methane Reformation.
Awardees: Michael Bagtang, Phillip Brendecke, and Stephanie Stasiuk.

2010-2011 Phase 1 EPA P3 student design competition ($10K)

Project title: Grid-independent Electricity Generation for Remote Areas based on a Unitized Regenerative Hydroxide Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell System.

HEMFC group close up    expo display HEMFC

Left photo: Yushan Yan (advisor), Jason Skovgard, Joon Bok Lee, Christian Contreras, Marcus Chiu, Kawai Tam (advisor)
Right photo: Students showcasing components of the electrolyzer and fuel cell system at the 2011 National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, D.C.

EPA website: http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/display.abstractDetail/abstract/9201/report/0

2010-2011 Phase 1 EPA P3 student design competition ($10K)

Project title: Converting Campus Waste Streams into Locally Used Energy Products through Steam Hydrogasification and Methane Reformation

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Left photo: Josh Comfort, Thinh Vo, Douglas Duchon, and Phillip Brendecke.
Right photo: Michael Bagtang, Phillip Brendecke, Douglas Duchon, Alex Duchon, Stephanie Stasiuk, Kawai Tam, and Joey Pichette at the 2011 National Sustainable Design Expo; not in photo: advisors Joseph Norbeck and Chan Seung Park. 

EPA site: http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/display.abstractDetail/abstract/9212/report/0
More on the project can be found on the team's website:
http://www.trashtodieselandgas.com/

2010 WERC competition, Second place ($1K)

Project title: Reduction of Direct Greenhouse Gas Emissions from an Open Pit Copper Mine
More contest photos:http://picasaweb.google.com/iee.nmsu

   

Left photo: Alfredo Armendariz (Regional administrator of the U.S. EPA for Region 6), Kawai Tam, Kyle Pease, Dylan Switzer, Mina Ghabbour, Robert Bonderer, Bryan Goldsmith, Ricardo Jacquez (Dean of Engineering at NMSU)
Right photo: Team presenting to judges at New Mexico State University’s Pam Am Center

2009-2010 Phase 2 EPA P3 student design competition – Honorable Mention

Project title: Using Waste to Clean Up the Environment: Cellulosic Ethanol, the Future of Fuels
http://www.epa.gov/ncer/p3/project_websites/2010/2010awardwinners.html#honorable
http://newsroom.ucr.edu/news_item.html?action=page&id=2311

  

Left photo: Anthony Turgman, Josh Garong, Kawai Tam, Vu Nguyen, Christine Kwon, Paul Anastas (Assistant Administrator for R&D at EPA). Not in photo: Advisors Jian Shi and Charles Wyman.
Right photo: Team presenting to judges at the National Design Expo in Washington, D.C., April 2010 

2009-2010 Phase 1 EPA P3 student design competition ($10K)

Project title: Using Waste to Clean Up the Environment: Cellulosic Ethanol, the Future of Fuels
http://www.epa.gov/ncer/p3/current/index.html
http://www.pe.com/politics/goad/stories/PE_News_Local_W_epa24.4863e9b.html

                                       

Left photo: Christine Kwon and Josh Garong conducting experimental work.
Right photo: Anthony Turgman, Vu Nguyen, Jian Shi (post-doc), Josh Garong and Christine Kwon. Not in photo: Advisors Charles Wyman and Kawai Tam; original member: Bin Yang.  

EPA website: http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/display.abstractDetail/abstract/9003/report/F

2009-2010 Phase 1 EPA P3 student design competition ($10K)

Project title: Concentrated Solar Distillation as a Means to Purify Saline/Brackish Water
http://www.epa.gov/ncer/p3/current/index.html

freztech 2009-2010 Phase I solar project winner








 



Left photo: Team presenting to judges in Washington, D.C., April 2010.
Right photo: (left to right): Wesley Chen, Luke Chen, Alexander Chen, Chris Salinas, Elizha West, John Johnson, and Kawai Tam. Not in photo: Parham Javadinajjar and advisor Mark Matsumoto.

 EPA website: http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/display.abstractDetail/abstract/8989/report/F

2009 WERC competition, Terry McManus Outstanding Student Award ($1K)

http://www.werc.net/2007_results.htm

WERC 2009 team photo

Left photo: Team in front of the UCR demonstration booth.
Right photo: Kawai Tam, Tyler Colyer, Breanne Bornemann (recipient of award), Mihir Desai, and Troy Ezeh

2008-2009 Southern California World Water Forum College Grant, MWD ($10K)

Project title: Silica Removal from Inland Brackish Water
http://www.mwdh2o.com/mwdh2o/pages/news/press_releases/2009-05/World_Water_Forum.pdf

  

Left photo: Matthew Graham (center) and Ruddy Argueta (in back) present to Congresswoman Grace Napolitano at the Southern California World Water Forum held at the Metropolitan Water District headquarters in L.A. Not in photo: Ricardo Torres and Javier Aceves.
Right photo: Original members of the team including Tongzhou Wang, Brian Hawkinson and Dewi Nilasari

2008 1st prize in the undergraduate student poster/paper competition at the annual Air & Waste Management Association conference, Portland, OR, June 24, 2008 ($800)

Project title: Power Plant NOx Treatment Using Bacterial Denitrification

                                             

Undergraduate team: Lindsay Yee, Nichola Kinsinger, Christina Zapata and Quoc-Hung Phan. Also in photo Sudeep Popat, the poster presentation winner in the graduate category. Not in photo: advisors Marc Deshusses, Yushan Yan and Kawai Tam

2007-2008 Phase I EPA P3 student design competition ($10K)

Project title: Zero Waste Biodiesel: Using Glycerin and Biomass to Create Renewable Energy
http://www.epa.gov/ncer/p3/project_websites/2008/index.html
published in UCR UG journal: http://ugrj.ucr.edu/journal/volume2/SeanBrady.pdf

                                           

In photo: Christopher Salam, Quoc-Hung Phan, Charlie Brady (front), Sean Brady and Gregory Leung at the National Design Expo in Washington, D.C. Not in photo: Advisors Joe Norbeck and Kawai Tam

2007 WERC competition, U.S.D.A. Teamwork award for innovative use of agricultural waste for value added products ($1K) & Terry McManus Outstanding Student Award ($1.5K)

Project title: Zero Waste Biodiesel: Using Glycerin and Biomass to Create Renewable Energy

  

Left photo: Kawai Tam, Sean Brady, Charlie Brady, Christopher Salam and Gregory Leung (recipient of Terry McManus Award) at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, NM. Not in photo: Advisor Joe Norbeck
Right photo: Manning the booth at the WERC competition

2007 1st prize in the International student design competition hosted by Intelligen ($1K)

Project title: Commercial production of anti-cancer agent paclitaxel

                                       

In photo: Nirav Patel and Shaena Stewart. Advisor: Kawai Tam

2005-2006 Phase I EPA P3 student design competition ($10K)

Project title: Rainwater Harvesting: A Simple Means of Supplementing California's Thirst for Water
http://www.epa.gov/ncer/p3/project_websites/2005/2005_phase_1_project_websites.html

                                  

In photo: Roland Cusick, Temi Ogunyoku, and Greg Guillen at the National Design Expo in Washington, D.C. Not in photo: Andrew Chin, Steven Gebelin and advisors Mark Matsumoto and Kawai Tam

2005-2006 Southern California World Water Forum College Grant, MWD ($10K)

Project title: : Rainwater Harvesting: A Simple Means of Supplementing California's Thirst for Water

Left photo: Roland Cusick, Benita Horn (Educational / External Affairs at MWD), Temi Ogunyoku, and Greg Guillen at the check presentation at the MWD headquarters in L.A.
Right photo: Greg Guillen, Temi Ogunyoku, Kawai Tam and Andrew Chin Not in photo, Steven Gebelin and advisor Mark Matsumoto

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