Professor Abul Hussam who is at
KOMO tv reported:
The National Academy of Engineering announced Thursday that the 2007 Grainger Challenge Prize for Sustainability would go to Abul Hussam, a chemistry professor at
George Mason Universityin . Hussam's invention is already in use today, preventing serious health problems in residents of the professor's native Fairfax . Bangladesh
After moving to the
in 1978, Hussam got his citizenship and received a doctorate in analytical chemistry. The Centreville, Va., resident has spent much of this career trying to devise a solution to the arsenic problem, which was accidentally caused by international aid agencies that had funded a campaign to dig wells in Eastern India and Bangladesh. United States
The filter removes almost every trace of arsenic from well water.
About 200 filtration systems are being made each week in
, for about $40 each, Hussam said. More than 30,000 have been distributed. Kushtia, Bangladesh
Hussam said he plans to use 70 percent of his prize so the filters can be distributed to needy communities. He said 25 percent will be used for more research, and 5 percent will be donated to GMU.
The 2007 sustainability prize is funded by the Grainger Foundation of Lake Forest, Ill., and the contest was set up to target the arsenic problem. Among the criteria for winning was an affordable, reliable and environmentally friendly solution to the arsenic problem that did not require electricity.