Congratulations to all of our awards winners! We celebrate your commitment to your research, particularly in this challenging time, and your noteworthy contributions and achievements. We can’t wait to see where your research goes from here!
Bioplastics is an inspiring example of promoting sustainable practices in art and design through the integration of scientific research, utilizing biodegradable materials to replace traditional plastics that are harmful to the environment. Through studying and classifying these materials by their flexibility, degradation, and application, this research is opening up possibilities for real world impact on numerous modes of making and creating.
Sonic Bloom is an innovative and interactive solution to plant care for those that enjoy plant life in our homes, but might not possess a green thumb. By creating a visual and auditory element for the user through a circuit board and corresponding app, plant owners become more aware of the health of their plants and, by extension, their understanding of the natural environment.
The Impact Award has two winners this year, as the Office of Research & Strategic Partnerships saw two compelling projects, with impressive impact within the Pratt community and beyond.
Start-Up Power Award
The Wing Guard is an ingenious solution to health and hygiene concerns at temporary and transient food establishments, like wet or farmer’s markets. By mimicking the dragonfly’s visual, sonic, and motional characteristics, the device repels flies from landing on food, thereby preventing the spread of disease. This device could be easily produced and marketed, and is a very timely solution for concerns regarding the spread of infectious disease.
People’s Choice Award
More than 300 people voted and this year’s winner is Fashion and Identity: Representation, Self-Esteem, and the Muslim-American Narrative from Shireen Soliman, who was a 2019-2020 Seed Grantee. We’re so thrilled that Shireen and her team were selected this year, as they continued to foster community and identity among young Muslim women—in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic—and empowered them to be their most authentic selves.
Congratulations again to all of our winners!