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  • Berkeley - Blender Bike

    ESW Berkeley has been working to build community and sustainability in the engineering space on our campus. We recently built a blender bike which we have used to make smoothies at engineering events. We have made these smoothies zero waste, and vegan, by buying produce without packaging, and cutting and freezing it ourselves, as well as making our own oakmilk. We have also partnered with other organizations on campus in order to give out the smoothies in reusable mugs. ...

  • Berkeley - Floating Wetlands [Concluded]

    This project aimed to reduce the amount of toxic algae growth on a local Oakland Lake. Lake Temescal is a wonderful greenspace surrounded by freeways and houses, that the community is able to use for recreation and gatherings. However, the lake itself is closed multiple times a year due to toxic algae growing on the lake due to excess nutrients. ...

  • Berkeley - Hoover Elementary School Victory Garden

    Welcome to H.O.P.E.S.: Hoover Outreach Program for Education and Sustainability.

    This is a community partnership project that began with an ESW Build Day grant in the 2017/2018 school year. Since then, this UC Berkeley ESW group has been building chicken coops, learning about food justice, and growing with the elementary school kids and surrounding community. We've made multiple community connections from this partnership and partake in outreach in various community-led build days, as well as experiential environmental education. ...

  • Berkeley - Rainwater Harvesting/Rain Garden

    Rainwater harvesting system and rain garden/bioswale built on a building on the UC Berkeley campus. The tank and gutters for the system were installed a few years ago, and the project is being finished up with the addition of a rain garden/bioswale, as well as a community art day to decorate the tank. ...

  • Berkeley - Recycling 3D Printed Waste

    This project aims to build a circular, sustainable design cycle for makerspaces and users of 3D printers on campus that create a lot of waste during the "rapid prototyping" and design phases.

  • Berkeley - Repair Cafe

    This is a recent partnership with a local organization called Transition Berkeley. We received $10,000 to create a culture of repair in our community and provide the appropriate educational tools and physical resources to do so.

  • Berkeley - Tiny Houses

    This project has many campus partners. It recently became its own entity called SHAC: Sustainable Housing at Cal.

  • Brown University - Converting Plastic to 3D Printer Filament

    In this project, we are building a machine to recycle 3D printer filament, following the design described in Aubrey et al. 2018. We hope to use our finished project to recycle used 3D printer filament from the currently operating Brown University 3D printers. ...

  • Cal Poly SLO - Compost Collection Bin

    Our Earthworm Composting Bin uses its intuitive design to enable users to participate in and learn about the decomposition of food waste. Pre-filled with earthworms at the bottom, a student need only to pour food scraps into the top of the bin to initiate the process. The worms will digest the added material and travel upwards as they do. Via a see-through acrylic wall, students can view how fresh trash at the top of the bin becomes the organic mulch at the bottom. Our design also includes a series of removable shelves that allow only the earthworms to travel through them. This allows usable compost to be separated from unprocessed material and then removed through an opening at the bottom. The Earthworm Composting Bin is a device to both teach and enact environmental stewardship for everyday people....

  • Cal Poly SLO - Fog Scrubber Project

    With the recent drought in California and the threat of more to come, alternative ways to capture fresh water are high in a list of demands. While desalination is not currently an efficient process, the sea does offer another resource - fog. In many coastal areas, it is very common to see huge banks of fog roll out of the sea and onto the land. Even in extremely arid regions, fog is a common occurrence. Plants, insects, and trees have already identified this resource, and have developed various ways of “scrubbing” their own fog....

  • Cal Poly SLO - Micro-Plastic Cleanup

    The project is currently in a research stage to try an identify the best ways of measuring the amount of plastic accumulation in beach sand. As there is very little existing documentation, the team is working through creating their own procedures. Eventually, this may lead to a more efficient way of sifting through beach sand to remove microplastics. ...

  • Cal Poly SLO - Oscillating Water Column

    This project is exploring using ocean waves to create energy through a change of pressure. A preliminary prototype was constructed and tested and was valuable in creating new design and material adjustments

  • Carnegie Mellon Enviromenstrual Week

    An educational campaign to spread awareness both about sustainable menstrual habits and period poverty.

  • Carnegie Mellon Tech Garden

    Developing image-recognition technology to run a garden sustainably. The technology would identify when to water each plant.

  • Carnegie Mellon Zero Waste Dinner

    For this project, organizers would work with a university dining area for an event that produces minimal waste. The goal is to encourage participants to consider their environmental impact as it relates to waste production.

  • Conoy Creek Cleanup

    ESW-Etown organized a creek cleanup through the borough and local municipal waste facility. We walked down a mile stretch of the most urbanized part of the Conoy Creek and picked up almost 1000 pounds of trash! Interesting items included an old computer monitor, part of a car engine, and a steak knife....

  • Cornell Bike Charger

    Cornell Bike Charger focuses on creating a stationary bike that converts the energy for rotating the bike's wheels to electrical energy to charge a phone. This project was inspired by the great usage of bikes on campus. We are currently nearing the end of the project and are implementing voltage regulators to prevent phone damage. We hope to develop a fully-functioning model by the end of the project, to be placed as an interactive exhibit in an environmentally conscious dorm on campus (known as Eco House)....

  • Cornell Carbon Emissions Reduction

    The end goal of the Carbon Emissions Reduction project is to create a usable app / website that will serve as a resource for homeowners, specifically in Ithaca, to find new technologies and means of reducing their carbon footprint. We have begun this project by analyzing data on the gas and electricity usage of a sample of homes around Ithaca and comparing this data with qualitative data gathered from visiting the homes and speaking with the owners. We are currently coming out of the research phase and are working on finding the most effective means of putting our findings into a usable platform....

  • Cornell CIRENAS Anaerobic Digestors

    CIRENAS is an eco-lodge in Costa Rica that aims to educate people about sustainable development and environmental conservation by allowing visitors to experience their sustainable ways of living. One of CIRENAS's practices is collecting wastewater in a large tank and using it as fertilizer. CIRENAS is interested in turning this system into one that produces methane via anaerobic digestion to power their kitchen, and they report that there is currently no methane being produced despite the system being closed off to the atmosphere. Our team's goal is to analyze the feasibility of successfully anaerobically digesting CIRENAS's wastewater, and to explore possible problems that could be inhibiting the production of methane. This project will (hopefully) culminate into an on-site visit to CIRENAS during which our team members can investigate what is causing CIRENAS's anaerobic digestion to fail by running tests which we'll design beforehand. Afterwards, we'll report our findings to CIRENAS and propose solutions to increase their methane yield....

  • Cornell Emergency Solar Backpack

    Our goal for this project is to give people affected by natural disasters options to power necessary communication devices sustainably. On top of this, the use of solar panels helps to provide reliable electricity during times of instability. The project will also focus on looking at additional features that can maximize the functionality of the backpack, such as flotation, location, and tracking devices. We would ultimately like to make our backpack as cheap and accessible as possible. Currently our design is complete and our circuit construction is underway, which will just leave testing and the assembly to the backpack....

  • Cornell Green Warriors Collaboration

    The Green Warriors program is a program through the Cornell Cooperative Extension that teaches incarcerated youth about sustainability and trains them in related skills that are applicable once they return to their hometowns. Cornell’s Chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World helps this program by designing lessons and helping to build demonstrations for the instructors. Previous lesson examples include a green energy week challenge, which looked for ways to save energy around their detention center and a “build your own circuit” kit centered around solar energy. The team also visits the Finger Lakes facility for semi-annual graduation ceremonies and hosts youth on tours of Cornell University. Currently the team is working with Environmental Engineering professors to design more lessons. This is an ongoing project....

  • Cornell Hydrothermal Processing/Liquefaction Reactor

    Working as a part of the Tester Lab under the oversight of Dr. Kui Wang, we are using a reactor within an environment that we designed in Snee Hall to place post- digestate waste from the Ithaca Area Wastewater Treatment Facility (IAWWTF) under high temperature and pressure to produce useful biosolids and liquids....

  • Cornell Osprey Wind Turbine

    The goal of this project is to develop a prototype of a new design of wind turbine that can fold in on itself and store itself inside an underground compartment. This kind of dynamic wind turbine could be used in places where they don’t want the wind turbines exposed all the time, like only operating the wind turbines at night time. At the time the semester ended, our model had some functional motion mechanisms. None of the motion mechanisms have been motorized as of yet....

  • Cornell Small-Scale Hydropower in Cascadilla Creek

    The hydroturbine subteam of the Cornell ESW chapter is working to create a hydropower system on the order of 1 kW in a creek adjacent to Cornell's campus. Hydropower has a storied history at Cornell, and the terrain in the area presents many opportunities for it. We wanted to install a small hydropower system in some way, and found a location where there was an infrastructure need in terms of lighting for a bridge on a popular walking path. We currently are in the process of testing and revising our design, with the end goal being a functional system sometime next year. This system would be operational during every season but winter, and would provide lighting for a bridge, along with a charging port for phones and real-time flow data from the creek. ...

  • Cornell Solar Desalinator

    The end goal of the project is to design and create a prototype of a solar-powered water desalinator and filter. The design will be easy to construct and made of readily available materials to enable more people to have access to clean drinking water. Currently, materials have been identified and the dimensions have been chosen so that initial assembly can begin as soon as possible. ...

  • Cornell Solar Oven

    The Solar Oven Project's goal is to rebuild the solar oven in Bovay Lab. The solar oven was originally constructed in 2010, and has been subject to a significant amount of wear and tear. Continuous use involving a wide variety of materials and chemicals has brought down the quality of the solar oven’s effectiveness. Our goal is to build an updated version of the oven. We are planning to coat the interior with thermal paint, to reconstruct the exterior of the oven with improved insulation materials and work to improve on the software it is connected to make it more realistic to a sunny day in Ithaca. Our ultimate intention with this project is to provide a cleaner, safer, and more effective oven for ESW project testing and solar power simulating....

  • CU Campus Greenhouse Aquaponics

    Clarkson's on campus project for this year was the design and implementation of an educational aquaponics system in the new greenhouse. This project will be completed next semester once the greenhouse is finished due to the pandemic. It will house tilapia fish in a clear tank with a small growing system above to demonstrate how aquaponics works....

  • CU Uganda Projects

    Clarkson has been working with a town in Kinyamaseke, Uganda for years. This years project was to create a design for a permaculture garden for a primary school that utilizes harvested rainwater. The rainwater harvesting plans were completed and a design for a garden was determined. The goal was to travel with several club members to Uganda to implement these projects, however, due to the pandemic, travel has been postponed until further notice. Funds have been provided to the community and school via our club to continue to support environmental progress, including the installation of a well that will be utilized by the future permaculture garden and next year project of an aquaponics system. Next year, the garden and rainwater harvesting systems will be implemented....

  • Environmental Education

    ESW-Etown held an hour-long session at a local elementary school to a group of second graders on recycling/upcycling. A group of Education/OT majors in the club taught the students environmental education and had a workshop that included yogurt cup turtles....

  • ESW Bike Blender

    This project harnessed the energy provided from pedaling a bike to power a functioning blender. A rotor was attached to the wheel of a stationary bike. As the wheel spun, the rotor powered the impeller of the blender. We demonstrated the functionality of our project by making milkshakes for a group of spectators. As the world looks to decrease its reliance on fossil fuels, this project demonstrated how simple devices can be used as sustainable sources of energy....

  • ESW Biofuel Synthesis

    This project utilized waste vegetable oil(WVO) from the campus dining hall facilities. The goal in mind was to produce 30 L of biodiesel through a transesterfication process that would be compatible with an array of internal combustion engines, including farming equipment, There were five broad steps: collection, filtration, heating & settling, titration, and calculation. As crude biodiesel was purified, glycerin was created as a by-product. Completed biodiesel was tested against ASTM D6751 standards....

  • Fenner Nature Center Green Roof

    The ESW-MSU chapter started working to design a green roof on a building at Fenner Nature Center for Build Day, but could not complete it due to COVID and not being able to access the site or building materials. The project began in Fall 2019 and was going to be finished in Spring 2020, but will be finished next year. The building was hand built by a previous employee and has other sustainable components and they wanted to add a green roof to educate visitors on their benefits....

  • Georgia Tech Sustainable Cosmetics

    In this project, we aim to educate Georgia Tech students on the dangers that the Cosmetic Industry incurs on public health and the environment. We focus on researching harmful ingredients in popular products and hard to recycle cosmetic products and we determine how people can look for safer and more sustainable products. We organize events to promote proper recycling for cosmetic products and to bring in owners of sustainable cosmetic companies in Atlanta to talk to students about their processes. We are also in the process of creating a database of harmful ingredients to make it easier for students to know which products they should avoid....

  • Georgia Tech Tumbling Composter

    For the past year, we have had increasing trouble with our composting system, which was basically two big plastic tubs filled with worms and potato skins. The composting system lives in harmony in our greenhouse with our hydroponics system. For starters, the plastic lids are cracking, it is difficult to mix food scraps into the dirt, and it leaks worms. Yes, you read that correctly. There are holes in the bottom of the tubs through which a few particularly valiant worms ventured. While cleaning the greenhouse one day, I discovered a settlement comprised of a tub collecting periodic drops from a leaky hose and the descendants of said worms, who seemed to be enjoying themselves more than their cousins in the composter. Anyway, that's besides the point. While home for quarantine, I decided that I would repurpose and old drum that belonged to our club. With the help of some other members of our team, we designed, fashioned, cut, welded, grinded down, re-welded, and painted ourselves a new composter. It was made mostly out of repurposed materials we had on hand, save the latches and paint. It rotates to make mixing easy and mess-free and had no worm exit points incorporated in the design. It is expected to serve Georgia Tech ESW's composting needs for years to come. Be sure to look for us in Composter Fashion Monthly....

  • Grassroots Ecology Map Project

    We are developing an interactive map using JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and MapBox to display data about water at various sites in the Palo Alto area. This project is a collaboration with the nonprofit organization Grassroots Ecology.

  • Green House

    A group of senior engineers that are all a part of ESW-Etown are creating a recreational greenhouse that will be used by students, professors, and the community. The total budget for the greenhouse is $6000 and so far the club has raised about $4000 for the project. Some of the materials have been purchased/donated, however, due to COVID, the project has been postponed until next semester....

  • Green Jay Challenge

    ESW-Etown received funding through the school to host five informational seminars about environmental problems and how we can try and solve them. We gave $100 worth of prizes out at every event. Two of the events had guest speakers and the other three included a short documentary and a discussion afterward,...

  • HEAT

    HEAT is a project focused on creating more energy efficient homes in the neighborhood surrounding the University of Pittsburgh’s campus. We received funding to distribute pipe insulation, faucet aerator, shower head, window and door insulation, light bulbs, and power strips. This project consisted of outreach at the local food pantry where sessions were held to teach community members the benefits of creating a more energy efficient home. The sessions were held on Tuesdays and Fridays where we were able to distribute energy efficient items. During these sessions there was also an educational aspect where people learned about the economic and environmental benefits....

  • HMC - Hydroponics

    This project was to try and build a proof of concept for a hydroponics projects on campus.

  • HMC- Solar Smoothie Cart

    We were creating a solar smoothie as a way for students at Mudd to use their technical and management skills to collaboratively create a device that is not only sustainable but can help raise awareness and morale within the campus.

  • Hoop House

    ESW-Etown is working with dining services to create a 10x25 ft hoop house that they can use to grow their own vegetables. This project is being run by a group of sophomore engineers that received $2000 to complete the project. As of now all of the materials have been bought, however, due to COVID this project has been postponed until next semester....

  • Hydroponics System

    This project is mainly collaborating with the FABE Department at Ohio State to build a cyclic system that will have minimal inputs and allow for the growth of plants by recycling water through the plant beds and using fertilizer to grow the plants. We hope to research fertilizer produced by compost, rather than artificial fertilizers, and compare the growth rates and quality of crops grown under different conditions. This project is probably the furthest along and centers on environmental engineering principles....

  • NU - AutoAquaponics

    AutoAquaponics

    NU AutoAquaponics' goal is to build a fully automated, remote monitored and controlled farming system in our club office that efficiently outputs both fish and plants without human labor for at least one month while minimizing the use of water and electricity. We are achieving this by using a network of sensors and computers to automatically regulate the light, nutrient, and water input of the system. These data will then be transferred to a server to allow for real-time access. There is also an extensive plumbing portion to our design that aerates both the plants’ roots and the fish tank while ensuring the efficient transport of key chemicals. Overall, we are striving to automate as much of the farming process as we can to make growing fish and plants possible without human presence....

  • NU - Pura Playa

    Pura Playa, a project of ESW-NU, works to bring plastic waste reduction and recycling to campus through engineering, outreach, and activism efforts. Our desire to make a campus-wide impact started with the design and branding of educational flyers on plastic water bottles, which are now permanently featured at 20+ water bottle refilling stations around campus. We routinely engage with students, both engineers and non-engineers alike, to ensure we can reach as many of the general and interdisciplinary sustainability communities on campus as possible. You’ll see us around campus and in residential communities delivering our message on plastic waste in interactive and thought-provoking ways....

  • NU - SmartTree

    Insufficient work places with outlets continues to be a major problem to students living and studying on Northwestern’s campus. Further, renewable energy installation thus far has been limited to a few sites, despite its prominence in Northwestern’s Strategic Sustainability Plan (SSP). The SmartTree project group aspires to address these distinct areas in its creation of Northwestern’s first mobile, solar-powered charging and work station. ...

  • Peru Engineering in Archeology

    ESW has partnered with Professor John Rick of the Department of Archaeology at Stanford in continuing the Engineering for Archaeology program in Chavín de Huántar, a UNESCO heritage site. We have three projects currently underway: structural engineering, AR/VR reconstruction, and robotic exploration. The first team is structural analysis focused - we look for ways to preserve the integrity of the site while maintaining its accessibility. The second team focuses on creating a VR experience showing what the site might have originally looked like. The third focuses on using technology for archaeological exploration (i.e. robots)....

  • Purdue University - Smoothie Bike

    ESW at Purdue University is in the process of creating a bicycle powered blender to bring an exciting view on sustainability to students and faculty across campus.

  • RHIT - Garden Irrigation Project

    The RHIT Garden Irrigation Project is an additional step after we completed our rainwater collection system. This irrigation system will be connected to our rainwater barrels and fed to the gardens raised beds. Automation of the pump and watering will also be considered....

  • RIT Biomimicry

    Developing a biomimic design for the Biomimicry Design Institute Challenge. The working design concept was to mimic prairie dog burrowing tunnels for building ventilation. Due to COVID-19 we were not able to finish design development.

  • RIT Bug Hut

    As of spring 2020, the structure and electrical components have been designed and materials had been selected. The team spent the semester checking past decisions and completing further calculations. Unfortunately, after the closure of campus due to Covid-19, RITESW has decided not to continue the project at this time....

  • RIT Campus Cleanup

    As we have done the last couple of semesters, we are working on removing macroscopic pollution from RIT’s campus. Our plan this semester was to clear trash from Bailey Woods (nearby the solar panel field). Last semester we were able to pull 400+ pounds out of a large plot on Jefferson Rd. After a month and a half of planning, getting cleared through EHS and FMS for a pickup date, and many ambitious volunteers ready to go, our plans were cut short due to COVID-19. Our plan is to continue where we left off and surpass our initial goal of 100-200 lbs next semester. We will continue this project until the major dumpsites around campus are cleared. ...

  • RIT Haiti Arborloo

    Rural Haiti has been facing a sanitation and waste management issue. With no plumbing or running water, permanent outhouses are being built as bathroom facilities - however, it is difficult to relocate the waste, the latrines are at risk of destruction from natural disasters, and most importantly they are expensive to fabricate, resulting in half-assembled facilities that are useless to the population. The Arborloo team is currently designing an inexpensive and sustainable solution to these problems. An Arborloo is a moveable latrine that sits on top of a shallow pit that holds the waste. It will be fabricated with materials found easily within Haiti and designed to be built by the people in Haiti. Some key design features include the ability to remove the arborloo once the pit is full (and plant a tree in its place), collapse the arborloo when high winds are approaching (avoiding structural damage), and upgrade/replace parts as the family earns more money for a higher quality latrine. ...

  • RIT RegCon Design Challenge

    Our goal was to produce a project proposal and video for the ESW Conference in April. The project we arrived at was a retrofit of an ecoswale and permeable asphalt to the edge of K lot. This retrofit would filter water runoff from the parking lot as it reaches the stream behind the lot. The project was chosen as a finalist at the conference, and we hope to continue the project....

  • RIT Solar Composting

    We are working closely with RIT to build a solar composting facility on campus. Our team is responsible for designing and budgeting the solar power portion of the project. We have been working really hard to make a system that will last a long time but also be cost-efficient. We're very excited about the process we have made so far and we are continuing to finish up this project by the end of the spring 2020 semester. ...

  • RIT SolaRIT

    We were focused on getting the SolaRIT, ESW's mobile power cart, in working condition by rewiring the electronics and making it a resource that other clubs and organizations could rent out and use for their activities. We were unfortunately interrupted in the middle of building, so all our materials are currently waiting to be installed....

  • Solar Panel Bus Stop

    ESW is proud to announce that our Solar team has placed in the 2018-2019 Smart Campus Challenge to implement their Solar Charging Bus Station outside the bus stop in front of the Union. Next year, the bus stop will actually be upgraded with solar panels on top, outlets underneath the seats, and a monitor that displays information about sustainability and resources for students to act green. This project is in full swing, and supports more than just engineering majors. In order to implement this bus stop effectively, this project involves web design and marketing....

  • Solar Powered Smoothie Cart

    ESW's way of raising awareness for renewable energy through a fun and effective fundraising method. Students get the satisfaction of a fresh smoothie being served to them with the help of solar energy. The portable smoothie can be placed in a location on campus for students to visit and enjoy a refreshing treat and learn about sustainable practices and ESW!...

  • Stanford Repair Cafe

    Repair Café is an international project to reduce waste by bringing people together to fix broken items for free.

  • Stevens Institute of Technology Guitar String Bracelets

    We recycled broken guitar strings from our local community guitar store and made them into bracelets.

  • Stevens Institute of Technology Recycled Candle Making

    We recycled old glass bottles and made candles with them. The bottles were cut using a tool to score the bottles and then they were thermally shocked by heating and then placing them in ice to break them along the score. An eco-friendly wax was melted and poured into the bottles, and the wax dried with wooden wicks sticking out of them. ...

  • Stevens Institute of Technology Solar Smoothie Cart

    Designing and fabricating a smoothie cart with blenders powered by solar power. One blender is powered via a bike that a smoothie enthusiast can ride.

  • STORM

    STORM stands for students taking on runoff management. This project consisted of a build day where a rain garden was planted behind a dorm on campus. The plants consisted of beauty berry, ninebark, elderberry, and hydrangea. All of the plants chosen were native to the Pittsburgh region. On build day approximately 10 people attended to shape and plant the rain garden....

  • Succulent Sale

    ESW-Etown held a succulent sale and raised about $800 for the club. The succulents were potted in upcycled yogurt cups, cans, or any other cup-like material. Used coffee grinds from the campus coffee store were used as soil for the succulents.

  • Tap Water Microplastics

    We identified and categorized microplastics in images of tap water samples taken along the pipe from Hemlock Lake to the University of Rochester Goergen Hall tap. This is part of a study into the applications of a nanoporous-membrane water filter at McGrath lab at the University of Rochester....

  • TCHO Biochar

    As an organic chocolate company based in the bay area, TCHO Chocolate is commonly known for their high quality, ethically sourced chocolate that can be found in Salt & Straw Ice Cream. TCHO’s current sustainability focus is in Ghana, through the Cacao Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG). Here, farmers grow and harvest the cacao pods, extract the beans, and ferment them before sending the product off to companies such as TCHO. In this process, cacao husks are discarded once the beans have been extracted. This results in a large waste of biomaterials that are usually discarded. Working with TCHO and CRIG, this team will repurpose cacao husks to produce biochar, an organic substance that can act as activated carbon in water filters. This project would involve testing the effectiveness of the husks as biochar water filters, as well as developing a mechanical system to produce the biochar and then filter the water through. As part of this the team will also explore how the water from the filter can be used. Ideally this solution will be implemented across Ghana to bring cleaner water to cacao producing areas....

  • Tree Planting

    ESW-Etown worked alongside a local MS4 agent to organize a tree planting along a FEMA purchased a land plot. We helped plant over 400 tree saplings and shrubs in an area that will mitigate flood damage.

  • UB - Biofuels Project

    Biofuels are traditionally thought of as direct substitutes to our modern, combustible fuels. The Biofuels Project at the University at Buffalo has taken a different perspective, looking to create a biological solar panel.

    The team is specifically refining a fourth generation biofuel, which produces energy without destroying biomass. The system uses the algae Chlamondius Rienhardi to produce hydrogen gas using only simple salts and sunlight. Chlaymydomonas Rienhardi can produce hydrogen gas in a oxygen and sulfur-deprived environment. Therefore, the team performs sulfur and oxygen deprivation during experiments....

  • UB - Solar Boat Project

    Over the course of two years, a team of about 10 active members worked on creating and designing a solar drone boat.

    The purpose of this boat was to monitor and collect data about the water in the campus lake. The boat would be powered by solar panels, and it would be fitted with different sensors. These sensors measured data including pH levels, BOD concentration, and temperature. ...

  • UB - Underclassmen Design 19'-20'

    Underclassmen Design features a team of students who are freshman and sophomores looking to get a hands on experience in engineering. This year, the students decided to create a biodigester.

    A biodigester is a tank which digests, anaerobically, without air, organic material and produces methane gas for cooking, lighting and heating etc....

  • UBC Biodeisel lab

    We are continuing our work to update and refit our biodiesel lab, which has fallen into disuse under previous executive teams. we are considering several directions, the most promising being to refit it to produce bioplastic precursors, or as a fermentations lab....

  • UBC Build Day - Living wall

    We want to build a combination bench and living wall on the UBC campus using reclaimed lumber and indigenous flora. Approval from the campus architect and all relevant campus authorities has been gained, COVID-19 shut the project down in our faces, since we could not come to campus to build the project. we are hopeful that we may be able to complete it in the future....

  • UBC Denman Green Rainwater Harvesting

    We are completing a feasibility study and designing a rainwater collection and purification pilot project to be put in place to serve the Denman Green low-income housing development. We are working in partnership with the Denman Housing Association, a Non-profit organization created with the goal of improving living conditions for underserved residents of Denman Island...

  • UC Merced Hydroponic Greenhouse

    UC Merced has a greenhouse hydroponic farm on campus. The project goal is to provide produce for on campus food distribution services. Hydroponics is essentially soilless farming. This agricultural technique reports to have 90% water retention. In comparison, conventional agriculture (soil-based farming) has 10% water retention. The chapter is attempting to grow leafy greens and herbs. The dimensions of the hydroponic farm is 20 ft by 4ft. ...

  • UCI Airborne Wind Turbine

    The Airborne Wind Turbine project seeks to create a method of harnessing energy from jet streams present at high altitudes. This project tackles one of the main downfalls of wind as a source of power since wind is an intermittent source of energy due to geographical restrictions and seasonal fluctuations with the currently used wind turbine systems. The ability to reach much higher altitudes by creating an airborne system can provide non stop energy production. ...

  • UCI Closed Loop Shower

    The goal of the Closed Loop Shower Project is to provide the capability to conserve more fresh water by instantaneously filtering the water during a shower and pumping it back to the shower head. Thus, creating a closed loop that reuses up to 90% of water and uses less energy because water does not need to be continuously heated. ...

  • UCI Rocket Heater

    The goal of this project is to establish safer long term heating solutions for less developed countries by optimizing the "rocket mass heater" concept for particular regions. The rocket mass heater is a more efficient version of a regular wood furnace heating system that is both safer to use and results in a less polluted chimney exhaust. ...

  • UCI Solar Electric Bike

    The Solar Electric Bicycle project's aim is to create an electric bike powered by solar panels. The electricity produced can give the user many utilities such as charging electric applicants on the move, or for other uses to improve bike performance such as assisted pedaling. ...

  • UCI Sustainable Homes

    The sustainable homes project seeks to combat homelessness by building tiny homes out of recycled plastics. The project currently is engineering building blocks/ bricks by shredding, melting and remolding collected recycled plastics into an ideal brick shape that can be used to create houses. ...

  • UCSD Automated Renewables Monitoring Systems

    The Automated Renewables Monitoring Systems (ARMS) project is an effort to create low-cost, microprocessor-based power-weather correlation monitoring systems for various renewable energy sources. Using a few sensors, a Raspberry Pi, and the Internet-of-Things utility Cayenne, we aim to return concrete data on the true outputs and viability of various renewable energy generators on campus, and possibly pave the way for installing further such energy generators....

  • UCSD Bottles to Models

    UCSD Bottles to Models (B2M) was created with the vision to create a fully functional and self-sustaining process of transforming used plastic bottles to usable filament for 3D printers. Although our goals have changed over the years due to several factors, we have accomplished several objectives:...

  • UCSD CommUnity Garden

    UCSD's CommUnity Garden aims to:

    1. increase interest in STEM,
    2. encourage students to live sustainably, as well as
    3. foster community involvement while improving food quality in underprivileged areas.

    Our project has two sub-teams: Outreach team and Hydroponics team....

  • UCSD Green Buildings

    UCSD ESW students are working with Housing Dining Hospitality (HDH) to measure the carbon footprint of the Keeling Apartments, one of many student housing buildings, through measurement breakdowns of energy usage by appliances within the building. In addition, ESW students are working with the student population living in the Keeling Apartments to record daily student lifestyle choices that affect the energy usage of the building as a whole. Using these measurements, ESW will make recommendations to HDH regarding new appliance options or ways of handling current appliances in a way that will reduce the total energy usage, as well as make recommendations to the students in an effort to help make students more aware of their impact on the large-scale carbon footprint in a way that encourages them to make minor lifestyle changes when useful and able....

  • UCSD Green Fuel Cell

    The goal of the Green Fuel Cell Project (GFC) is to build a hydrogen fuel cell system that utilizes local resources and electrochemical reactions to produce an electrical/power source.

    Objectives of the GFC include:

    • Using materials that are greener and more cost-efficient than materials used in traditional combustion-based engines...
  • UCSD Personal Electric Vehicle

    UCSD ESW-Personal Electric Vehicle project explores the possibilities of designing and manufacturing any vehicle that is powered by electricity. Our current project is converting a regular bike into an electric bike with a regenerative braking system. Those who are time sensitive, live in inner-city, have public transit issues (public transit does not reach all communities or is far away), do not own a car, find biking to work or school exerting, or who suffer from anaemia will benefit the most from this project. The bike will cut down on commute time and money. Additionally, the bike will make lengthy rides on hilly roads at UCSD less tiresome. The project will encourage more people to switch to sustainable means of transportation. Our goal is to make an e-bike that is consistent enough for commuting....

  • UCSD Solar Car

    The goal of Triton Solar Car is to build a racing vehicle that is 100% powered by solar energy. Once we have the finished product we plan to apply to compete in solar car races. We have made models for all parts of the vehicle and are in the process of finishing the batteries and working on the schematics for the solar array....

  • UCSD Vertical Axis Wind Turbine

    As energy production transitions to renewable sources, two trends are on the rise:

    • Small scale energy production in interconnected microgrids
    • Increased grid battery storage capacity

    The Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) Project offers avenues of development for both of these burgeoning engineering opportunities. Using IoT capabilities, the VAWT allows for remote monitoring and maintenance, while also collecting data to optimize energy production as a standalone, microgrid. The energy produced is stored and used for charging phones, laptops, and micromobility devices....

  • UMass Lowell Merrimack River Cleaning Device

    Taking inspiration from the "Seabin project" this project consists of making a device, nicknamed the "River Roomba" that will autonomously filter trash from the Merrimack River. The finished device will allow efforts to focus more on larger debris and trash, as this device will focus on smaller pieces of garbage. ...

  • UMass Lowell Wind Turbine

    This project consists of "updating" a wind turbine that our chapter already made. The turbine will be upgraded so that it can charge a cell phone with the power it generates.

  • University of Guelph - Hydroponics

    This year the hydroponics project experienced major transition.

    Location: The project was in the basement of the on-campus foodbank, but this year they needed that space for a different project. Our hydroponics project is now looking for a new on-campus location....

  • University of Guelph - Increase Membership and Attendance

    Unlike other universities and/or clubs, many students do not treat ESWGuelph as another course for which they must dedicate time to do work. In previous semesters, students sporadically attended meetings which made it difficult to continue projects as members were not very committed....

  • University of Guelph - Reusable Mug Campaign

    This project was done in collaboration with the University of Guelph (U of G) Chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

    The U of G engineering building has a coffee shop 'Tim Horton's' that sells coffee in disposable cups and lids. The engineering building also has many common spaces. Students and faculty purchase coffee and drink it while working in these common spaces, then dispose of the waste before leaving the building and filling the garbage and recycling bins with these coffee cups. ...

  • UT Austin - Precious Plastic Texas

    We are a group of like-minded student engineers who are trying to build a shredder, injection mold, and extrusion machine to recycle used plastic in order to reduce the amount of the plastic waste into our society.

  • UT Austin - Stormwater Filtration Project

    The Stormwater Filtration Project focuses on the portion of a manmade Waller Creek tributary running from Crestview Station along Airport Blvd to its confluence with the Creek at W Huntland Dr. The preliminary goal is to assess the impact of stormwater runoff from the surrounding area on the water quality of Waller Creek downstream by establishing routine and targeted monitoring of stormwater runoff quality and ambient surface water quality. The primary goals of this project are to allow engineering students to learn more about stormwater best management practices while engaging with their local community, expand the university’s network of community scientists, and develop a framework for implementing stormwater green infrastructure on a neighborhood scale. Civil and environmental engineering majors are preferred, but of course all majors are welcome. ...

  • UT Austin - UT Aquaponics

    Started in the Fall of 2014 with the help of the Green Fund Committee, UT Aquaponics is student based project that seeks to bring awareness to the future of sustainable food production. The focus of the team currently is to build a new aquaponics system that can sustains itself through sensors and solar panels. In the 2019-2020 year long semesters, the team has been working to restart the old system and preparing for the construction of a new system....

  • UT Austin- Negative Emissions Technology Project

    The Negative Emissions Technology Project is a team of undergraduate students who are interested in learning about and applying carbon removal methods to help reverse climate change. We currently have two ongoing projects.

    1. Our first project involves integrating a scaled down Direct Air Capture unit (using Metal Organic Frameworks) with an HVAC unit to capture CO2 from a concentrated source. We hope to convert this CO2 to electricity and fuel that can power the building using photovoltaics . We are still in the initial stages of this project and are currently assessing the feasibility of this idea in terms of energy and cost....
  • UW - Madison Project Beehive

    Bees occupy an important role in our local ecosystem, and with a dwindling worldwide population the UW-Madison chapter of ESW saw the possibility to help our local ecosystem. We are working along side another community organization, FH King Gardens, to build a Langstroth beehive that will sit on the garden grounds. This project allows our members the opportunity to use their skills as engineers to help not only the environment, but also our community. ...

  • UW - Madison, Project Water

    Project water is a research based project. Our research includes the following topic areas: green streets, water runoff, economics of green streets, urban planning, and vegetation types of green streets including salt-tolerant plant species. Our research is based on UW’s Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management Master Plan and we will be focusing on Observatory Drive, a popular street on campus. This street is also close to Lake Mendota, so it is important to mitigate flooding and stormwater from entering the lake. We plan to conduct a pilot study with a goal of understanding the economic and environmental impact of implementing green streets in our urban landscapes. ...

  • Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotube durability Test

    The purpose of this project is too construct a 2 axis solar tracker that concentrates roughly 1666in^2 of light onto a square inch coupon of Vertically Aligned Carbon Nanotubes from Surrey Nanosystems. The purpose of this is to see how well the material maintains its thermal and optical properties after extended exposure to high intensity radiation on the visible light spectrum. ...

  • Zorzal Cacao

    We are creating a data entry system for the cacao supply chain process

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