What is ZOWA?

We are an independent group of undergraduate researchers, called the ZerO Waste Anteaters (ZOWA), who are passionate about technology-based zero waste management. We are recruiting volunteers who want to work on our zero waste project called ZotBins and make a difference for the environment. ZotBins is a smart waste bin system that collects data to help make waste management more efficient and to promote zero waste.

Team Members



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Team Lead

Marissa Lafreniere

Computer Science

Undergraduate Class of 2022

Spirit Trash: Clean Recyclables

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Team Lead

Grace Choe

Computer Science

Undergraduate Class of 2021

Spirit Trash: Sparkling Water Can

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Webmaster

Palak Gajera

Computer Science

Undergraduate Class of 2021

Spirit Trash: Plastic Wrap

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Waste Recognition Lead

Tedi Sr Zadouri

Computer Science

Undergraduate Class of 2021

Spirit Trash: Paper Bag



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Waste Recognition

Alpine Tang

Computer Science

Undergraduate Class of 2022

Spirit Trash: Plastic Bottle

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Waste Recognition

Xiangbo Gao

Buisness Information Science

Undergraduate Class of 2022

Spirit Trash: Pencil Shavings

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Web & Mobile Lead

Dev Popat

CompSci & Engineering

Undergraduate Class of 2022

Spirit Trash: Juice Box

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Web & Mobile Lead

Joseph Chung

Computer Science

Undergraduate Class of 2021

Spirit Trash: Boba Tea Cup



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Web & Mobile

Bhavani Panda

Computer Science

Undergraduate Class of 2021

Spirit Trash: Banana Peel

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Web & Mobile

Sakshi Patil

Computer Science

Undergraduate Class of 2023

Spirit Trash: Pizza Box

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Embedded Systems Lead

Patrick Nguyen

Computer Science

Undergraduate Class of 2022

Spirit Trash: Apple Core

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Embedded Systems

Aishwarya Bhandari

Computer Science

Undergraduate Class of 2021

Spirit Trash: Taco Bell Wrapper



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Embedded Systems

Sharifa Jesmin

Informatics

Undergraduate Class of 2023

Spirit Trash: Plastic Fork



Research Advisors



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Professor
Sharad Mehrotra

Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at UC Irvine

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Professor Nalini Venkatasubramanian

Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at UC Irvine

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PhD Candidate
Primal Pappachan

Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at UC Irvine

Spirit Trash: Paper



Mentors



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Lab Engr. @ Microsoft

Owen Yang

CompSci & Engineering

Undergraduate Class of 2020

Co-Founder, Team Lead, Hardware Lead

Years Active: '17 - '20

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SWE @ Amazon

Jesse Chong

Computer Science

Undergraduate Class of 2021

Team Lead, Web & Mobile Lead, TIPPERS

Years Active: '19 - '21



Alumni



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Post-Doc @ UC Irvine

PhD Roberto Yus

Donald Bren School of ICS

Mentor and Advisor

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Years Active: '17 - '18

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SWE @ Amazon

Joshua Cao

Computer Science

Undergraduate Class of 2020

Co-Founder, Team Lead

Years Active: '17 - '20

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Engr. @ Northrop Grumman

Kathy Nguyen

Electrical Engineering

Undergraduate Class of 2020

Hardware & Electrical

Years Active: '18 - '20

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Cyber Engr. @ Raytheon

Anthony Luu

Computer Science

Undergraduate Class of 2020

Waste Recognition

Years Active: '19 - '20



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Grad @ UC Davis

Mohammed Haque

Computer Engineering

Undergraduate Class of 2020

Hardware & Electrical

Years Active: '19 - '20

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Undergrad @ UC Irvine

Marawin Chheang

Software Engineering

Undergraduate Class of 2021

Web & Mobile, UI/UX Design

Years Active: '19 - '21

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Undergrad @ UC Irvine

Martin Gomez

Computer Engineering

Undergraduate Class of 2022

Hardware & Electrical

Years Active: '19 - '20

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Undergrad @ UC Irvine

Andy Tran

Computer Engineering

Undergraduate Class of 2022

Hardware & Electrical

Years Active: '19 - '20



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Grad @ UC Davis

David Pham

CompSci & Engineering

Undergraduate Class of 2020

Systems Design

Years Active: '19 - '20

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Undergrad @ UC Irvine

Ching-Ting Tsai

Computer Science

Undergraduate Class of 2022

Systems Design

Years Active: '19 - '20

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SWE @ Raytheon

Danny Tran

CompSci & Engineering

Undergraduate Class of 2020

Systems Design

Years Active: '18 - '19

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Engr. @ Northrop Grumman

Sidney Lau

CompSci & Engineering

Undergraduate Class of 2020

Web Developer

Years Active: '18 - '19



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SWE @ SOLV

Diego Torres

Computer Engineering

Undergraduate Class of 2019

Hardware & Electrical

Years Active: '18 - '19

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Grad @ UC Irvine

Derek Feng

Computer Science

Undergraduate Class of 2020

Co-Founder, Systems

Years Active: '17

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Full-Stack Engr. @ Codazen

Marshall Nguyen

Computer Science

Undergraduate Class of 2020

Co-Founder, Web Developer

Years Active: '17

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