Adrith Kurlagunda wins the 2024 California Stockholm Junior Water Prize


Adrith Kurlagunda, 2024 California Stockholm Junior Water Prize Winner

The California Stockholm Junior Water Prize is sponsored by ARUP

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) announces the state winners of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize.

Adrith Kurlagunda, a sophomore from Irvington High School, is the first-place winner in California for his project “Novel Solar Water Purification System Using Fresnel Lenses.”

Adrith is a member of the High School Science Olympiad Varsity team and Science enthusiast. He is a recipient of several awards for his work on water purification systems including the prestigious National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Award, Water, Wastewater, or Recycled Water Research Award from the Alameda County Water District and several Alameda County Science and Engineering Award. He is an avid soccer player and a member of the Norcal 07 Newark Elite Soccer team.

Adrith will represent California in the U.S. SJWP event held in Colorado in June.

Additionally, CWEA recognizes a second and third place winners in their local competition:

  • Aditya Shivakumar second place recipient “PiDAR and PROMPTCUE: Leveraging A Novel Conditional Generative AI Pipeline to Adaptively Tackle Marine Plastic Pollution, Starting with Surgical Masks”
  • Easan Hamkins third place recipient “Exploring BOD Estimation via Electroactive Biofilms Enhancing Water Contaminant Assessment Through Microbial Fuel Cells”

U.S. SJWP competition held at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado, June 20-23. Winners move on to the International SJWP competition held at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, August 23-27.

The Stockholm Junior Water Prize is a highly esteemed youth competition dedicated to water-related research. Its primary mission is to nurture students’ interest in water issues and careers. The competition welcomes projects focusing on diverse aspects of water, including enhancing water quality, resource management, protection, and advancing drinking water and wastewater treatment methods.