LIVINGSTON, NJ — After spending a large portion of his senior year at Livingston High School completing an 18-page research paper that he submitted to several competitions, 18-year-old Steven Rosenstark recently emerged as the third-place winner in a prestigious clean technology competition that spanned 40 countries.

Admiring Rosenstark’s “dedication to addressing environmental and climate change consistent with this year’s competition theme, ‘Toward a Greener Tomorrow.’” Livingston Mayor Al Anthony and members of the township council honored him on Monday for this accomplishment.

Rosenstark was selected from more than 500 entries among nearly 1,200 registrants to vie for $60,000 in monetary prizes in the 2019 Spellman High Voltage Electronics (SHVE) Clean Tech Competition, which is the world’s only outcome-based, STEM-focused research and design challenge that inspires pre-college youth to pursue STEM studies and careers.

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His project, entitled “Multifunctional Reactive Electrochemical Membrane (REM) Filtration of Industrial Dye,” was submitted in the competition’s “Resource Preservation” category and earned a $5,000 cash prize for Rosenstark's innovative solutions to environmental challenges and climate change.

To “put it as simply as possible,” Rosenstark described the goal of his project as “using electricity for water purification.”

“My project focused specifically on a hot pink dye called Rhodamine B that is generally used for textile and plastic production as well as some food products,” said Rosenstark, who was the only member on his competition team and whose father, Michael, served as his team leader. 

“We do some environmental cases in my law office [and] I represented people from Patterson that were getting bladder cancer from aniline dyes and azo dyes, so to come up with something that is actually clean technology is amazing,” Anthony said of Rosenstark's project solution. “I’m just blown away.”

A full feature about Rosenstark’s project and his competition experience can be read HERE.