Hiya Shah has again received an award for a smartphone app that provides homeowners with real-time water quality information.
Shah, a senior at Amador Valley High School, was one of four U.S. high school students to receive a Cutler-Bell Prize in High School Computing for 2021-2022 from the Association for Computing Machinery and the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) last week. . The award winners will be honored in June at the annual CSTA conference in Chicago. Each of the four winners will also receive a $10,000 cash prize to be applied to their tuition in the fall.
The Cutler-Bell Prize was created in 2015 by David Cutler, a software engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation, and Gordon Bell, an electrical engineer and researcher emeritus at Microsoft Research.
High school students apply for the award by submitting a project that uses modern technology and computer science. A jury selects the winners based on ingenuity, complexity, relevance and originality of their projects.
Shah’s project, “Maji: Water Security”, was a mobile application that determines the real-time water quality of a home’s water pipes using machine learning and building a water quality database, with the aim of reducing the health consequences of poor water quality.
Her project also included a youth-led outreach campaign and a bio-inspired process to filter chemicals known as polyfluoroalkyls (PFAS) from drinking water.
Last fall, Shah also received a President’s Environmental Youth Award from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for her “Maji” app and is currently working with the EPA to make it available to homeowners on the iOS App Store.
Shah’s project also won the 15th District Congressional App Challenge last year, which was sponsored by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Council on Environmental Quality.