CSEF Project Listings: 2018
Environmental Engineering

Junior Division

Nicole M. Abudayeh, Grade 8
Photocatalytic Water Purification
Advisor: Mr. Neil Orlina
School: Christ the King Catholic School, Pleasant Hill, Contra Costa County
Sam L. Allen, Grade 6
Biodegradable Fog Harvesters
Advisor: Mr. Daniel Jacobsmeyer
School: Mar Vista Elementary School, Aptos, Santa Cruz County
Raven J. Alvarez, Grade 7
Project CO2: Simulating Roadside Fires and Their Production of Carbon Dioxide
Advisor: Mr. Nick Dedini
School: Jacoby Creek Elementary School, Bayside, Humboldt County
J1104 — Honorable Mention
Jillian E. Avila, Grade 8
The Removal of Microplastics in Ocean Water Using Homemade Filters
Advisor: Dr. Craig Carlson
School: La Colina Junior High School, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County
Carlos J. Ayala, Grade 8
Cristian Hernandez-Salazar, Grade 8
Damian G. Lopez, Grade 8
3D Printed Water Filter
Advisor: Mr. Christopher Petriccione
School: Curtis Middle School, San Bernardino, San Bernardino County
J1106 — Honorable Mention
Danya Balagopal, Grade 8
Constructing a Sustainable, Low-Cost Herbal Biosorbents Filter to Remove Heavy Metals from Contaminated Groundwater
Advisor: Dr. Sean Wilmot
School: Oakwood School, Morgan Hill, Santa Clara County
Mokshitaa Dhamotharan, Grade 7
Kaitlyn H. Venator, Grade 7
An Alternative Water Filtration System
Advisor: Ms. Jennifer Lee
School: Cabrillo (Juan) Middle School, Santa Clara, Santa Clara County
Allyson Diosdado, Grade 8
Savanna M. Strawn, Grade 8
Getting Microplastic Beads Out of Our Oceans
Advisor: Ms. Marry Ward
School: Mira Loma Middle School, Riverside, Riverside County
Ryann O. Flach, Grade 8
The Effectiveness of Hydrophobic Soil in Increasing Water Capacity in Reservoirs
Advisor: Mr. Carl Gong
School: Washington Academic Middle School, Sanger, Fresno County
Pascale C.H. Fung, Grade 7
Comparing Plant Populations in Restored vs. Disturbed Areas at San Elijo Lagoon
Advisor: Mrs. Roxanne Hunker
School: Rhoades (The) School, Encinitas, San Diego County
Kian R. Ghasemi, Grade 7
Biogas Generation as an Alternative Energy Source and Study of Production Rates from Decomposed Waste Food Sources
Advisor: Mrs. Ruth Gramajo
School: Portola (Gaspar de) Highly Gifted Magnet Middle School, Tarzana, Los Angeles County
Chaarvi Goel, Grade 8
Modifying Storm Drainage Grates to Keep Our Oceans Trash-Free
Advisor: Mrs. Rita Armstrong
School: Los Cerritos Middle School, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County
Hannah K. Hessler, Grade 7
Declining Bee Populations: How to Pollinate if They Disappear
Advisor: Mr. Hector Santiago
School: Stockdale Christian School, Bakersfield, Kern County
J1114 — Honorable Mention
Tanisha Jha, Grade 7
Vishnu Potharaju, Grade 6
Help Save the Planet: Sort Trash Right at the Source
Advisor: <none acknowledged>
School: Stratford Fremont Middle School, Fremont, Alameda County, Thornton Junior High School, Fremont, Alameda County
J1115 — Second Place
Hemal B. Kurani, Grade 7
Smart Waste Management System
Advisor: Mrs. Nancy Messner
School: Sunnyvale Middle School, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County
Danielle E. Ligasan, Grade 6
Environmental Effects on the Biodegradability of the Plastic Bags, Paper Bags, and Newspapers
Advisor: Mrs. Amy Kidd
School: Villegas (Ysmael) Middle School, Riverside, Riverside County
Umair M. Mahmood, Grade 8
Investigating the Ingestion of Synthetic Polymers by Mealworms vs. Superworms
Advisor: Mrs. Roxanne Hunker
School: Rhoades (The) School, Encinitas, San Diego County
Divya B. Matta, Grade 6
Aerification: Sensors to Improve Indoor Air Quality with an Intelligent Ventilation Guidance System
Advisor: Mrs. Kelsey Witthoft
School: Bethany Elemantary School, Mountain House, San Joaquin County
J1119 — Honorable Mention
Kate E. Molinari, Grade 8
How the Conductivity and Salinity of Salt Water Affect Desalination: Discovering More Efficient Desalination Methods
Advisor: Mrs. Sarah McCorkle
School: American Martyrs School, Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles County
Isabella M. Moore, Grade 8
Oil Spills and Nanotechnology
Advisor: Mrs. Kimberly Miller
School: Goleta Valley Junior High School, Goleta, Santa Barbara County
Alexandra Q. Morris, Grade 6
Household Materials Save Environment
Advisor: Mr. Mark Huschle
School: Pacific Union School, Arcata, Humboldt County
Isaac M. Pitts, Grade 8
Plastic Eating Worms for a Healthier Environment
Advisor: Mrs. Johanna Gutcher
School: Beardsley Junior High School, Bakersfield, Kern County
Eshan Rachapudi, Grade 6
Plant Water Conservation
Advisor: Mrs. Heather Mackewicz
School: Challenger School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
J1124 — Honorable Mention
Harsha Rohan Rajkumar, Grade 7
Glaze the Glaciers: Polyphenol Coat to Reduce the Melting of Glaciers
Advisor: <none acknowledged>
School: Merryhill School, Milpitas, Santa Clara County
Rahul Ravi, Grade 8
Rely on Aquatic Plants to Reduce Global Warming
Advisor: Mrs. Retna Ravi
School: Hopkins (William) Junior High School, Fremont, Alameda County
Raina E. Sawyer, Grade 6
Weeding Out Erosion
Advisor: Ms. Carrie Adler
School: Pacific Elementary School, Davenport, Santa Cruz County
J1127 — Fourth Place
Sonia Swamy, Grade 6
AlgalPlast: Sustainable Bioplastic from Algae and Its Effect on Tensile Strength, Water Permeability, and Compostability
Advisor: Ms. Shalini D'Souza
School: Challenger School, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara County
J1128 — First Place
LeAnn Tai, Grade 7
Efficient Removal of Soil Contaminants Using Biodegradable Adsorbents
Advisor: Mrs. Lynn Okenwa
School: Orchard Hills Middle School, Irvine, Orange County
J1129 — Third Place
Vivian B. Tien, Grade 8
The Effect of Solar Energy on Water Filtration
Advisor: Mrs. Afsaneh Miller
School: Fairmont Private - North Tustin Campus, North Tustin, Orange County
Zackary G. Tuzar, Grade 7
Can Coffee Grounds Absorb Heavy Metals?
Advisor: Ms. Linda Rodriguez
School: Crocker (William H.) Middle School, Hillsborough, San Mateo County
Mari E. Ziegler, Grade 7
Biomimicry House
Advisor: Mrs. Katy Morehouse
School: Weimar Hills School, Weimar, Placer County

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