ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Kunal Sangani of Fayetteville, N.Y., was named the U.S. winner of the 2012 Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) — the most prestigious international competition for water-related research — during a ceremony this past weekend in Boston, Mass.
Sangani’s project, “Modeling and Environmental Analysis of Hydraulic Fracturing in Upstate New York” was top among 49 state SJWP winners at the national competition held in Boston June 14-16. His study examined various aspects of hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, on groundwater resources in upstate New York and presented a model for understanding its potential environmental impacts on the natural environment and groundwater resources.
“Kunal’s paper and the SJWP competition in general continues to reinforce my belief that the future of America’s water is in good hands,” said Mohamed F. Dahab, chair of the SJWP Review Committee. “The level of research and creativity presented by the young men and women who participated was simply outstanding.”
Sangani received $3,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Stockholm, Sweden, where he will compete against national winners from more than 30 countries for the international honor during World Water Week, Aug. 25-30, 2012.