A non-governmental organization co-run by FSE graduate student Rodrigo Pizzaro has won a Tech Museum award in recognition of its "innovative work benefiting humanity". The NGO, Fundacion Terram, is an integrated salmon-seaweed cultivation project based in Santiago, Chile which attaches algae to a salmon-net pen to absorb nutrients from the salmon to clean the environment. This technology reduces the demand for natural seaweed using an environmentally and socially integrated approach. "The Tech Awards are an incredible honor, recognizing individuals and organizations whose ideas and execution of those ideas are changing the world", said Rodrigo Pizarro, ex Terram CEO and current IPER grad student, and leader of the project team. "We are proud to be among those recognized for their contributions, and will continue to develop solutions that improve the overall well being of people worldwide."
Sponsored by The Tech Museum of Innovation, one of the country's premier science and technology museums, and presented by Applied Materials, Inc., The Tech Museum Awards honor individuals who are applying technology to benefit humanity and spark global change. Fundacion Terram was selected from hundreds of nominations sent from 68 countries. "The Tech Awards are an opportunity to showcase how technology and innovation are addressing global challenges", said Peter Friess, President of The Tech. Fundacion Terram has made remarkable contributions toward significantly improving the human condition.