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Early Career Achievement Award is Mark Huerta, who graduated with a bachelor of science degree in engineering in 2013 and a master’s in biomedical engineering in 2015. Huerta is a co-founder and director of project development for 33 Buckets, an organization that provides safe water for people in underdeveloped countries through the use of a multi-layer, gravity-fed filtration system to remove arsenic and disinfects water.
33 Buckets began in 2010 as an engineering student project at ASU and is now a limited liability corporation. It now serves thousands of people in three countries, Bangladesh, the Dominican Republic and Peru. The organization recently established the non-profit 33 Buckets Foundation and plans to expand its reach into more countries.
33 Buckets, a finalist for the Pritzker Prize Emerging Environmental Genius Award, was featured in an Arizona State University commercial that aired during Super Bowl LI in Arizona.