Change the World Challenge Winning Submissions–Fall 2008
The Ecolizer Exhaust System

Air pollution, along with global climate change is a growing concern that threatens the well being of not just North Americans, but the entire human race. Caused largely by hydrocarbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels, even advances in clean burning engines and power plants have not off–set the growth of the industrial world’s emission output. While much attention has been paid to the efficiency and emissions of consumer motor–vehicles, little effort has been put into lawn and farm equipment exhaust, which makes up a surprising large percentage of overall emissions.

By equipping or integrating a new exhaust system devised by these students, consumers can greatly reduce the level of toxins released by their equipment. The device, which is low cost and low maintenance, can be fitted to any fuel burning engine, and could lead to improved quality, reduced effects of acid rain, and reduced levels of smog world–wide.

Submitted by:

Michael Cieszko
Joyce Chow
Kate Cooke

Alex LeBlanc
Rachel Neiman
Ricky Willems

Brain Saver

In life threatening situations–heart attack, smoke inhalation, drowning you must first save the brain from damage by oxygenating it. This student designed a portable, easy to use medical rescue device that pumps oxygenated blood to your brain and can be administered by emergency medical personnel, keeping the patient alive long enough to be transported to a hospital.

Submitted by:

Lorenz Kraus

Water as a Fuel Source

This student has identified many new and valuable applications of an existing, older technology. His idea uses a far more efficient method of splitting water into its component gases to provide an oxyhydrogen fuel gas for use in internal combustion engines, welding torches, cooking stoves, etc. Water from almost any source can be used.

Submitted by:

Eric Pulvino


Roofs of concrete houses in the tropics can reach temperatures of 180°F, making it impossible for air conditioners to remove the incoming heat. Based on engineering fundamentals, a specialized, yet easy–to–install, insulation system, devised by these students, deflects solar radiation from these roofs. The CO2 emission reduction from every device installed is equivalent to removing one car from the road. In Puerto Rico alone, the market has over one million potential customers, with revenues of over $250M.

Submitted by:

Jose Lebron
Sheilla Torres-Nieves
Kyle Gosh

Solar Powered Autonomous Landmine Detector

Landmines are directly responsible for over 24,000 deaths per year. In addition, landmines block civilians from resources, including water and fertile land, contributing to global hunger and poverty. These students developed an inexpensive method of using a swarm of autonomous, solar-powered robots to eliminate the human risk involved in land mine detection and greatly expedite the land mine removal process across the globe.

Submitted by:

Peter Carnevale
Katie Francour
J.P. Hennessey
Kyle Moise
Joe Diluzio
Chris Kerr

High–Tech Cane for the Visually Impaired

This student has designed a high–tech cane equipped with GPS so users can vocally input addresses of interest and the cane will lead them to the location. It is also equipped with an ultrasonic ranger to sense objects all around the user and comes equipped with a panic button in case the user is in distress.

Submitted by:

Sarah DiNovo

21st Century Fire Suppression System

Conventional sprinkler systems have an extremely high installation cost and cause excessive amounts of damage. In addition, conventional sprinkler systems typically cannot directly detect fire, monitor changes, or control the system’s response. The technology identified by these students provides an autonomous, feasible solution to help solve all these problems.

Submitted by:

Ryan Clapp
Erik Kauntz
Andrew Paoletta
Jake Pyzza

A New Approach to Ultrasonic Clothes Washing

Clothes–washing represents nearly a quarter of the United States water usage and a fifth of all energy use. In the U.S. alone, this equates to more than one hundred billion gallons of water per day, and two hundred billion kilowatt hours of electricity.

The proposed solution is a new approach to clothes cleaning. Using ultrasonic cleaning, centrifugal filtration, and ultraviolet sterilization, clothes can be cleaned using less than half the water, one tenth the electricity, and little to no detergents. To the consumer, the device will appear the same, and function in a similar manner; the only apparent difference will be the money saved.

Submitted by:

Ricky Willems