Environmental Health Engineering Graduate Student Wins CRIDC Innovation Competition

The winning technology is a disinfection system that solves problems with access to clean drinking water

Mo Jarin, a doctoral student at the Georgia Tech School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the winner of the 2022 Innovation Competition Conference on Career Development, Research and Innovation for its VoltaPure water disinfection technology.

Mo Jarin, a doctoral student at the Georgia Tech School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is the winner of the 2022 Innovation Competition Conference on Career Development, Research and Innovation for its VoltaPure water disinfection technology.

Mo Jarin, a doctoral student at the Techn Georgia School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, won the Innovation Competition at the Career Development, Research and Innovation Conference for her VoltaPure water disinfection technology.

Jarin, who holds a degree in environmental engineering, received a cash prize of $ 1,000 for her efforts.

The annual event is sponsored by VentureLab, which helps Georgia Tech researchers explore market opportunities and create startups based on their work.

In her three-minute speech, Yarin explained that more than 800 million people worldwide do not have constant access to clean drinking water due to the high cost of treatment plants, difficulties in transporting chemicals and the effects of carcinogenic by-products of disinfection.

“Due to the current trend of water disinfection, focusing on alternative solutions to standard chemicals such as chlorine, we are excited to continue exploring market opportunities for VoltaPure,” Yarin said. “I am proud and very grateful to have had the opportunity to present to a jury with experience – and especially to women entrepreneurs – about our ongoing progress in the commercialization of VoltaPure.

The new VoltaPure coaxial electrode copper ionization cell provides excellent water disinfection while ensuring a safe low-level copper concentration.

“Moe has provided compelling evidence of the commercial potential of its VoltaPure water disinfection technology,” said VentureLab CEO Keith McGregor. “Her idea illustrates why the Innovation Competition is a great opportunity for Georgia Technical School research students to think about what it might take to start a business based on their work.”

To better understand the potential of her technology, Jarin has already participated in Georgia Tech’s first founding program and conducted an audit of the CREATE-X Startup Launch program. She also received a $ 50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Innovation-Corps program to attend a seven-week training camp on empirical education to gain insight into her startup’s industry. She is advised by Xing Xie, Associate Professor of Carlton S. Wilder at the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Strong contenders

Two other student presenters were selected second and each will receive $ 500. Nathan Zavanelli, who received a doctorate in mechanical engineering / bioengineering, and was advised by Wong-hon Yo at the George Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, explained the benefits of his “smart patch” for assessing sleep apnea. The disease affects more than 900 million adults worldwide, but is most often left undiagnosed.

Amirta Warsaw Anbuchejian Sindhana, a master’s student in computer science at the Technical College of Computing, advised by James Reg, spoke about how her technology uses machine learning and machine vision to help applicants view and improve their nonverbal communication skills.

LaVonda Brown, a graduate of the Georgia School of Technology and founder of the EyeGage startup, worked as a judge with Nami Vedire, Director of Platform and Operations Engage, incubator for startups focused on businesses related to Georgia Tech.

VentureLab will provide ongoing support, appealing to all competitors to offer them advice and assist them in implementing programs and grants that support the transition from laboratory success to market success.

Students, faculty, and staff at Georgia Tech who are interested in these opportunities to further commercialize their own research may contact VentureLab through its website. venturelab.gatech.eduor by email info@venturelab.gatech.edu.

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