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Students from the United States take top honor at prestigious Stockholm Junior Water Prize
August 31, 2017
Team from Bangladesh awarded Diploma of Excellence for their water
RYE BROOK, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 31, 2017--
Xylem Inc. (NYSE:XYL), a leading global water technology company
dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues,
congratulates Rachel Chang and Ryan Thorpe of the United States, the
winners of the 2017 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP), the most
prestigious international student competition for water-related
research. The award was presented during the 21st SJWP
ceremony at the annual World Water Week celebration in Stockholm.
Ms. Chang and Mr. Thorpe, both of Manhasset, N.Y., developed a project
entitled, “A Novel Approach to Rapidly and Sensitively Detect and Purify
Water Contaminated with Shigella, E. Coli, Salmonella and Cholera.” The
system created by the students has applications in both developing and
developed regions of the world.
H. R. H. Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden presented the winning
students with the top prize of $15,000 and a prize sculpture, and their
school will receive a $5,000 grant. Xylem has been the founding global
sponsor of the SJWP international competition since its inception 21
years ago. Today, the competition draws entries from students in more
than 30 countries around the world.
“As we work to solve some of the world’s greatest water challenges, we
are truly inspired by the impressive work of all the SJWP finalists and
congratulate each of them,” said Patrick Decker, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Xylem. “Year after year, participating students
develop innovative approaches to treating and managing our finite water
resources. We are proud to support the Stockholm Junior Water Prize, and
hope the students’ experiences here will inspire them to continue their
water-related studies. In doing so, they will help to advance our global
progress toward a more sustainable environment.”
The Diploma of Excellence was awarded to Aniruddah Chowdhury, Arnab
Chakraborty and Rituraj Das Gupta of Bangladesh for their innovative
project entitled, “Reinvention of Photocatalysis using Doped TiO2 in
Industrial Grey Water Treatment.” Their work centered on developing a
less expensive but more effective method of treating colored water in
textile effluent. This team will receive an award of $3,000.
The international SJWP is presented each year to students between the
ages of 15 and 20 for outstanding water-related projects that focus on
topics of environmental, scientific, social or technological importance.
Winners from 33 countries competed for the international honor in 2017,
which was awarded by an international jury of water professionals and
The prize is administered by the Stockholm International Water Institute.
Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology company committed to
developing innovative technology solutions to the world’s water
challenges. The Company’s products and services move, treat, analyze,
monitor and return water to the environment in public utility,
industrial, residential and commercial building services settings. With
its October 2016 acquisition of Sensus, Xylem added smart metering,
network technologies and advanced data analytics for water, gas and
electric utilities to its portfolio of solutions. The combined Company’s
nearly 16,000 employees bring broad applications expertise with a strong
focus on identifying comprehensive, sustainable solutions. Headquartered
in Rye Brook, New York with 2016 revenue of $3.8 billion, Xylem does
business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading
The name Xylem is derived from classical Greek and is the tissue that
transports water in plants, highlighting the engineering efficiency of
our water-centric business by linking it with the best water
transportation of all – that which occurs in nature. For more
information, please visit us at www.xylem.com.