Air quality monitor wins CSM Mining Inovation Challenge

The winning team consisted of Arjumand Aivi, Micaela Pedrezas, Daniela Machnik and Michelle Pedrezas under EPICS Mentor, Leslie Light.
The winning team consisted of Arjumand Aivi, Micaela Pedrezas, Daniela Machnik and Michelle Pedrezas under EPICS Mentor, Leslie Light. | Contributed photo

An air quality monitor that is able to detect pollutants with multiple sensors has been selected as the winning project of the Colorado School of Mines Mining Innovation Challenge.

The winning team consisted of Arjumand Aivi, Micaela Pedrezas, Daniela Machnik and Michelle Pedrezas under EPICS Mentor, Leslie Light.

The Innovation Challenge has teams of students working with prototype projects and pitches for a panel of judges. They looked at the quality of the presentation, prototype, its viability in the market, impact and levels of innovation. The winning team was awarded $20,000 in order to further develop the prototype.


Two other teams, Recon and Low-Caution, were awarded $5,000 apiece. Team Recon consisted of Zachary Brand, Robert Jones, John Meyer and Michael Bowman. Team Low-Caution consisted of Zachary Doom, Luke Brown, John Kater and Kenneth Graff.

This stage was preceded by the selection of 10 finalists that were awarded $2,000 to prepare presentations and prototypes for the final round.


This competition was sponsored by Newmont Mining to facilitate development of technology to make the industry safer, more ecologically and economically conscious. 

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