Social Innovators

Social Innovators

10 CEPS students named finalists in New Hampshire Social Venture Innovation Challenge

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Ten students from the College of Engineering & Physical Sciences on three project teams have been named as finalists for the 2017 New Hampshire Social Venture Innovation Challenge, which will be help December 5 in Holloway Commons beginning at 8 a.m.

From a record-breaking pool of 96 teams, the eight finalist teams in each of the community and student tracks will present their ideas and answer questions from a distinguished panel of judges. The finalists will compete for $27,500 in cash prizes, plus in-kind prizes worth more than $40,500. Last year, a proposal led by Physics student Max Miller ‘20 won first place at the NH SVIC.

To attend the event, please RSVP if you plan to attend no later than Wednesday, November 27.

Students is CEPS competing in the finals include:

Community Composting Campaign - A community composting initiative created to help reduce the negative environmental impact of food waste in landfills.

Sonnet Agran-St. Pierre ‘19, Environmental Engineering

Tirthadeep Das ‘18, Civil Engineering

Blair Moffat ‘18, Civil Engineering

Megan Verfaillie ’19, Environmental Engineering

Jordan Parent ‘18, Civil Engineering

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Gardner

Cradled Systems – An initiative to recover waste methane traditionally routed to flares in the hydraulic fracturing process by developing an innovative vapor recovery unit.

Ahmed Alzawar ‘18, Chemical Engineering

Ty Kartiganer ‘19, Electrical Engineering

Matt Mroz ’19, Mechanical Engineering,

Joel Nkounkou ‘18, Electrical Engineering

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Ivaylo Nedyalkov

Doc – An initiative that combines a cloud based video chat platform, biomonitoring hardware, and predicative modeling to bring accessible healthcare to underserved people.

Omkar Waghe ‘19, Computer Science

Faculty Advisor: James McIlroy


The public keynote will be given by studio art alumna Clara Miller ’71, director and president of the Heron Foundation. The Heron Foundation works to empower and lift people and communities out of poverty. Miller is widely recognized as one of the most innovative and influential people in the social change field. Notably, and most radically, under Miller’s leadership, Heron broke down the traditional divisions within philanthropic foundations between the grantmaking and investing teams, bringing social and financial proficiency together and positioning Heron to push forward the practice of impact investing. Heron also committed to putting the entire corpus into impact-screened investments, harnessing the entirety of the Foundation’s assets for mission purposes. Read more about Clara Miller. Paul College alum, and President of the N.H. Community Loan Fund, Juliana Eades, will introduce Ms. Miller.

The winners of the 2017 NH SVIC will be announced following Ms. Miller’s keynote.

Chemical Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Mechanical Engineering