The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF) is proud to announce that two of the top high school winners from the CCEF-sponsored Alternative/Renewable Energy category at the 2011 Connecticut Science Fair moved on to compete and win in international science and sustainability competitions.

Bridget Oei

In the Connecticut competition, Bridget Oei, a ninth grade student from East Catholic High School in Manchester, Connecticut, won first place for her project “Applying the Principles of the Tesla Engine to Design and Construct a Prototype of a Bladeless Wind Turbine.” Ryota Ishizuka, an eleventh grade student from Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut, won second place for his project “Optimization of a Microbial Fuel Cell Structure to Drive a Bioelectrochemically-Assisted Wastewater Treatment Reactor.”

As a result of their successes, Bridget Oei and Ryota Ishizuka were selected to compete at the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering and Environment Project Olympiad (I-SWEEEP), which was held May 4-9 in Houston, Texas. Ryota was a silver medal winner in the energy category and Bridget was a bronze medal winner in the energy category.

I-SWEEEP aims to create an educational platform for high school researchers in which they present their innovative projects to take on today’s challenges in energy, engineering and environment. The contest is organized by the Cosmos Foundation, a non-profit educational organization in Houston with a mission to establish college preparatory K-12 schools focusing on math, science, engineering, and computer technologies in an effort to provide a world-class education to public. This year’s competition included 470 top projects from 70 countries and 43 U.S. states.

Ryota Ishizuka

Ryota also competed in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest pre-college science fair, held in Los Angeles, California. Ryota received a certificate of honorable mention in the International Council on Systems Engineering – INCOSE category.

CCEF would like to congratulate Bridget and Ryota on their hard work and contributions to the world of clean and renewable energy. Your achievements in these highly competitive events demonstrate that the future is very bright thanks to Connecticut’s young innovators!

To follow the activities of the winners at the International Science and Engineering Fair, click here.

To follow Bridget’s diary of her trip to I-SWEEEP, click here.

Jocelyn Anastasiou
Project Associate, Education & Outreach

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