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Kawai Tam



In the News


Husk-to-Home Team Creates Sustainable Rice Husk Particleboards

A team of undergraduate Chemical and Environmental Engineering students called Husk-to-Home won a First Place Award in their Task and the Overall top award of the Intel Environmental Innovation Award at the Institute of Energy & Environment Design Contest in Las Cruces, NM on April 1, 2015. Their work on manufacturing sustainable particleboards from rice husks and non-formaldehyde adhesives are featured in the following media outlets.

Featured on UCR Today 
http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/29153

Featured in Gizmag
http://www.gizmag.com/rice-husk-particleboard/37730/

Smog-busting Roof tile Project featured

A team of undergraduate students have won a Phase 1 award and Honorable Mention Phase 2 award from the EPA P3 competition for their work on titanium dioxide coated roof tiles to reduce NOx gases in the air.

Featured video on the Weather Channel
https://docs.google.com/a/weather.com/file/d/0B8erbqR_lm1pVkhiLXhDYUtsTDA/edit?pli=1

Featured on UCR Today
http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/22621

Featured in the LA Times
http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-smog-busting-roof-tiles-20140605-story.html

UCR NOx-Out team creates prototype to reduce lawn mower emissions.

Project is featured in the UCR Today website with a video

http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/14660

NOx-Out project story featured in several media reports:

http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/riverside/riverside-headlines-index/20130517-ucr-students-invent-smog-cutting-device-for-mowers.ece (Front page of the Press Enterprise)

http://www.scpr.org/news/2013/05/21/37359/uc-riverside-engineering-students-build-emissions/ (featured on KPCC / NPR L.A radio station)

http://industryedge.nationalhardwareshow.com/2013/05/students-invent-device-to-reduce-a-lawnmowers-harmful-emissions (Industry Edge bulletin)

http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/15450/20130513/air-pollution-lawn-mower-asthma-green-engineering-environmental-protection-agency.htm (Medical Daily)

http://phys.org/news/2013-05-greener-lawnmower-students-competition-device.html (Phys Org bulletin)

PULSE (Pasteurization Using a Lens and Solar Energy) 

PULSE project on pasteurizing water and Dr. Kawai Tam are featured in the Desert Sun newspaper in the Innovation section.
http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2012312220026
Dr. Kawai Tam is featured in the UCR Alumni magazine (pages 22-23). The road to winning...

http://magazine.ucr.edu/2012/fall/

Dr. Kawai Tam's story of being the first generation in her family to attend college

http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/9366 

PULSE team featured on UCR Today for two grants.

A team of Environmental Engineering UCR students have won two grants for their work on the Pasteurization Using a Lens and Solar Energy (PULSE) method to treat water inexpensively for the benefit of underdeveloped nations. The team won a $15,000 Phase 1 EPA P3 award and will travel to Washington, D.C. for the 9th Annual Sustainable Design Expo to compete for EPA P3 Phase 2 awards and a $10,000 World Water Forum College Grant sponsored by a consortium including the Metropolitan Water District, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Water for People, Los Angeles Sanitation District, and Friends of the United Nations. 

http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/6960 (UCR Today)
  

Solar Thermal Closet Dryer Team wins Phase 1 and Phase 2 awards!

A team of former Chemical and Environmental Engineering alumni traveled to Washington, D.C. for the 8th Annual Sustainable Design Expo (April 2012) and wins the Phase 2 EPA P3 award for the first time in UCR history. Their project included the design of a solar thermal closet to dry clothes, space heating and humidification of a home.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW5oQG8tajU&feature=youtu.be (video by UC Office of the President)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwPcA2NgSaM (interview by Charter Local Edition Headline News)
http://www.pe.com/local-news/local-news-headlines/20120520-riverside-former-students-receive-clothes-dryer-study-grant.ece (Press Enterprise)
http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/4938 (UCR Today)
http://yosemite.epa.gov/opa/admpress.nsf/0/67080215612D011E852579EA0077EDA3
http://www.energymatters.com.au/index.php?main_page=news_article&article_id=3180  (coverage of technology on ABC news!)

Sustain-a-Drain projects wins top awards

A team of Chemical and Environmental Engineering UCR students (called Sustain-a-drain) wins two major awards at the International Waste-management, Education and Research Consortium (WERC) environmental design contest in April, 2012 on their project entitled "Storm Drain Filter Insert and Indicator".  Sustain-a-drain won First Place in their Open Task and won the Intel Environmental Innovation Award. Their technology has been installed in the storm drains of Fleet Services in UCR.

http://ctv4.criticalmention.com/playerpage/player?shareid=31853&partnerToken=ff8080812dee8920012e0addd1a83e89&clientId=0   (NBC news!)

http://www.pe.com/local-news/riverside-county/riverside/riverside-headlines-index/20120511-riverside-ucr-team-wins-international-environmental-design-competition.ece (Press Enterprise)
http://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/5235    (UCR Today with links to videos in this article)

Solar Thermal Dryer Closet Teams heads to D.C.

A team of Chemical and Environmental Engineering UCR students win a $15,000 Phase 1 EPA P3 award and will travel to Washington, D.C. for the 8th Annual Sustainable Design Expo to compete for EPA P3 Phase 2 awards. Their project on utilizing hot attic air and solar thermal collectors for reducing heating and clothes drying in a model home in the community of Victory Gardens in Moreno Valley, CA has potenital to reduce ~16% of the household energy use throughout the year.

http://www.pe.com/localnews/riverside/stories/PE_News_Local_D_hotair09.30a437b.html (Press Enterprise)
http://newsroom.ucr.edu/2659 (UCR Today)

Student Choice Award at EPA Design Expo

Two teams of UCR students travel to Washington, D.C. for the 7th Annual Sustainable Design Expo to compete for EPA P3 awards. UCR team wins the Student Choice Award for their innovative design of a hydrogen fuel cell and water electrolysis system using hydroxide exchange membranes.

http://www.pe.com/localnews/politics/stories/PE_News_Local_D_ucrepa16.29c7319.html (Press Enterprise)

First Place Award with highest scores in event history

A team of UCR students wins first place with the highest scores in the 21-year history of the International Waste-management, Education and Research Consortium (WERC) environmental design contest on their project entitled "Effect of magnetic fields on ionic solutions". The UCR environmental engineering student team member also wins the Terry McManus Outstanding Student Award.

http://newsroom.ucr.edu/news_item.html?action=page&id=2604 (UCR Today)

Novel hydrogen fuel cell - water electrolysis system

A winning team of UCR students has been recognized for the third time for their innovative design of a hydrogen fuel cell and water electrolysis system using hydroxide exchange membranes.

http://www.pe.com/localnews/politics/stories/PE_News_Local_D_fuel17.274fe15.html (Press Enterprise)
http://www.pe.com
http://www.earthtechling.com/2011/02/fuel-cell-college-crew-winning-awards/
http://www.solartoday-digital.org/solartoday/201104/?pg=11#pg11 (UCR Today)

Rain Harvesting Project wins two awards!

The winning U.S. EPA P3 Phase 1 and Southern California World Water Forum team for the project “Rainwater Harvesting: A Simple Means of Supplementing California's Thirst for Water “ are featured in the following articles.
http://www.wateronline.com/article.mvc/Rooftop-Rainwater-Collection-Project-Gets-Reg-0001?VNETCOOKIE=NO
http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/article_39383941-694b-5d24-b5b3-50c53de53f80.html
http://newsroom.ucr.edu/news_item.html?action=page&id=1219 (UCR Today)
http://www.nationaldriller.com/Articles/Industry_News/f8e0ef9660a69010VgnVCM100000f932a8c0

Energy Fuel Pellets from Waste Glycerin

The winning U.S. EPA P3 Phase 1 team for the project “Zero Waste Biodiesel: Using Glycerin and Biomass to Create Renewable Energy” are featured at the following website. Their work was also published in the UCR Undergraduate Research Journal. http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/sustainability/documents/ucrnews.pdf
http://ugrj.ucr.edu/journal/volume2/SeanBrady.pdf

Two Phase 1 awards from the EPA P3 contest

The two winning U.S. EPA P3 Phase 1 teams for the “Concentrated Solar Distillation as a Means to Purify Saline/Brackish Water” and ” Using Waste to Clean Up the Environment: Cellulosic Ethanol, the Future of Fuels” projects are featured in the following.

http://www.pe.com/politics/goad/stories/PE_News_Local_W_epa24.4863e9b.html (Press Enterprise)
http://newsroom.ucr.edu/news_item.html?action=page&id=2195
http://newsroom.ucr.edu/news_item.html?action=page&id=2311
http://www.cert.ucr.edu/ (halfway down the site)
http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/article/23224

Global Climate Change Workshop

Dr. Tam co-organizes the first Global Climate Change Workshop held at CE-CERT for high school students from the Riverside Unified School District. The agenda and presentations are available at http://www.cert.ucr.edu/gcworkshop.html.

Radio Broadcast on Green Power Report

Dr. Tam is part of a radio broadcast on the Green Power Report on Educating Riverside students at all Levels. You can listen to the 30 minute broadcast on 11/17/2008 entitled, “ Educating Riverside Students at All Levels”.
http://www.riversideca.gov/utilities/comm-gp-gpreport.asp

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