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Carey Senior Takes Gold in International Science Competition

H. Frank Carey High School senior Maira Khan represented her school and country at the International Sustainable World Engineering Energy Environment Project Olympiad (ISWEEEP) at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas in early May.  

ISWEEEP seeks to bring together the world’s best and brightest high school STEM-focused students in a collaborative and engaging environment. It is the largest science fair event of its kind worldwide. This year’s event brought together hundreds of students from more than 60 countries, who presented their projects geared at improving the world’s environment, preserving Earth’s natural resources, and establishing medical breakthroughs.  

Maira’s research titled “Optimization of a Photovoltaic Electrolyzer System Via Novel Power Loss Modeling and Wastewater Decontamination” focused on creating a more efficient solar-based energy system that the average consumer could utilize. She further demonstrated that her approach could also be used to purify wastewater during this process. After presenting to nearly 20 judges who were scientists, professors and doctors in the field, Maira was awarded the gold medal for the energy category – the highest achievement given at this prestigious fair and only awarded to the top 10 percent of finalists. The award comes with a monetary prize and an invitation to participate in trips to scientific labs across the globe, such as this year’s trip to a research facility in Africa.

The H. Frank Carey family is extremely proud of Maira and wishes her the best of luck in her future endeavors as she enters Harvard University in the fall.  Congratulations to Maira, her family, and her research teacher Mr. Charles Bewick on this outstanding honor!