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Greenwich Students Honored As Finalists At Science Fair

Andrew Mellert and William Gorman
Andrew Mellert and William Gorman Photo Credit: Contributed

GREENWICH, Conn. – Greenwich-area students Andrew Mellert and William Gorman were honored as finalists for their project, “Soil Remediation – Removing Contaminants by Means of Thermal Desorption,” at the 68th annual Science and Engineering Fair at Quinnipiac University Saturday, March 19.

eesmarts™, an Energize CT program administered by Eversource and The United Illuminating Company, sponsored the special award categories of alternative/renewable energy for middle and high school students, future sustainability for high school students and sustainable resources and practices for middle school students.

Mellert and Gorman’s project was awarded third place in the high school future sustainability category. The purpose of their project was to create a small scale, cost-efficient apparatus that uses low-heat thermal desorption to remove contaminants from polluted soil. They concluded that the low-temperature desorption process, although seemingly more efficient in both cost and energy, was inconclusive due to the availability of similar high-temperature processes. They received $300 and a trophy for their achievement in the category.

The Connecticut Science and Engineering Fair is open to students in seventh through 12th grades across the state who compete for more than 600 spots each year. The objective of the fair is to attract young people to careers in the science and engineering industry, while also developing critical thinking skills. The fair is supported by several academic and industrial organizations throughout the state, with money directed to the awards, operations and various educational activities.

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