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AguaClara wins cash prize at Tech Awards gala

AguaClara, Cornell's water treatment and technology development program, has won a $50,000 cash prize in association with the 2011 Intel Environment Award.

The civil and environmental engineering team, which researches and designs gravity-powered drinking water treatment plants, received the prize during the Tech Awards gala Oct. 20 in Santa Clara, Calif. The engineering team had previously been named one of three Intel Environment Award laureates, recognized for applying technology to the benefit of humanity.

"This award is well-deserved recognition of six years of collaborative work by the AguaClara team at Cornell and Agua Para el Pueblo," said Monroe Weber-Shirk, senior lecturer in civil and environmental engineering and leader of AguaClara.

Agua Para el Pueblo (APP) is AguaClara's Honduran nonprofit partner organization. According to Weber-Shirk, the $50,000 will go to APP to support ongoing work in developing AguaClara technologies.

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