Dec. 8, 2014
- CEMS graduate student Md Ai Mehedi won a $10,000 grand prize in the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA) competition held December 4, 2014 at the University of Minnesotaâ€TMs Institute on the Environment in St. Paul. Mehedi's winning project, â€œRare Earthâ€"Free Permanent Magnets,â€? described a new process for making magnets out of iron and nitrogen that obviates the need to use rare earth elements that are integral to standard magnets used for applications such as motors and generators, but that depend upon extraction processes that are energy intensive, technologically challenging, environmentally hazardous and threatening to human health and agriculture. Mehedi is advised by Distinguished McKnight University Professor Jian-Ping Wang in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.
CEMS graduate students Christoph Krumm and Katherine Vinter were runners-up in the competition, each receiving $2,500.
Related Link: http://environment.umn.edu/education-leadership/sisca-challenge/