College Freshman Makes Forbes World-Changers List

At 17, one of the youngest awardees

By Justin Hinton
|  Wednesday, Dec 28, 2011  |  Updated 9:58 AM CDT
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High School Student Wins EPA Award

Param Jaggi

Param Jaggi makes Forbes' "30 World-Changers Under 30" List.

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High School Student Wins EPA Award

A North Texas student has won an award from the Environmental Protection Agency for his invention, which cleans up car exhaust that would normally pollute the air.
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Param Jaggi first captured local attention earlier in the year when he won an award for sustainability from the Environmental Protection Agency at the Intel International Science Fair.

Jaggi was a senior at Plano East High School then. Now, the 17-year-old Austin College freshman is capturing national attention with the same invention-- The Algae Mobile 3.

The algae-filled device which turns carbon dioxide car emissions into oxygen earned Jaggi a spot on Forbes Magazine's "30 World-Changers Under 30" list in the Energy category.

He first came up with the idea in 2008 while he was sitting at a stop light. The invention has won him more than $8,000 over the years.

The young inventor has applied for a patent and says you'll be seeing a lot more from him in the coming years. He won an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. next year to present the "Algae Mobile" at the nation's largest science and engineering expo.

More: Forbes 30 Under 30 List

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