Hia Shah has received another award for a smartphone app that gives homeowners real-time water quality information.
Shah, a senior at Amador Valley High School, was one of four U.S. high school students last week to receive the Cutler-Bell High School Computing Award for 2021-2022 from the Association of Computing Machines and the Association of Computer Science Teachers (CSTA). The award ceremony will take place in June at the annual CSTA conference in Chicago. Each of the four winners will also receive a cash prize of $ 10,000, which will be credited to college in the fall.
The Cutler-Bell Prize was founded in 2015 by David Cutler, a software engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation, and Gordon Bell, an electrical engineer and honorary researcher at Microsoft Research.
High school students are vying for the award by presenting a project that uses modern technology and computer science. The jury selects the winners based on the ingenuity, complexity, relevance and originality of their projects.
Shah’s “Maji: Water Security” project was a mobile application that real-time determines the quality of water in home plumbing through machine learning and creating a water quality database, in order to reduce the health impacts of poor water quality. .
Her project also involved an information campaign led by young people and a bioinspired process of filtering chemicals known as polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) from drinking water.
Last fall, Shah also received the President’s Environmental Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for his “Maji” app and is currently working with the EPA to make it available to homeowners in the iOS app store.
Shah’s project also won the 15th District App Challenge last year, which was sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Council on Environmental Quality.