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Penn Engineering Graduates Develop a Device to Reduce Ocean Microplastic Pollution

May graduates Sarah Beth Gleeson, Shoshana Weintraub, and Julia Yan won the 2022 President’s Sustainability Prize for their innovative work at Penn’s School for Engineering and Applied Science. The three will spend the next year developing Baleena, a device that traps microfibers in laundry machines to reduce microplastic pollution in the ocean.

With dedicated lab space at Pennovation Works and continued mentorship from our team at Penn Center for Innovation, they will focus on refining and testing the product so that it can be used by the general public to reduce pollution.

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