Engineering undergraduate student wins youth engineering contest

Water in plastic bottles

Kathryn Lundgren, a senior in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, won the Incredible Youth Student Engineering Contest hosted by OMEGA Engineering.

The project she submitted was a reusable dye-based sensor to help advance the use of solar disinfection in developing countries. The ultimate goal of the project was to reduce the number of waterborne diseases. The sensor adjusts for weather, water turbidity and bottle characteristics. The dye then changes color when treatment is complete—and the color change is reversible so the users can reuse it every day for about a year.

Lundgren is part of the Billion Bottle Project—a team of Case Western Reserve students that is developing the sensor. Learn more.