Presentation on theme: "T HE D EVELOPMENT AND I NTEGRATION OF H UMANITARIAN E NGINEERING C URRICULUM IN AN E NGINEERING T ECHNOLOGY P ROGRAM Aaron Brown Duane Swigert Metropolitan."— Presentation transcript:
T HE D EVELOPMENT AND I NTEGRATION OF H UMANITARIAN E NGINEERING C URRICULUM IN AN E NGINEERING T ECHNOLOGY P ROGRAM Aaron Brown Duane Swigert Metropolitan State University of Denver
MSU D ENVER E NGINEERING T ECHNOLOGY Civil Engineering Technology ProgramCivil Engineering Technology Program - Extended major with two concentrations. Electrical Engineering Technology ProgramElectrical Engineering Technology Program - Major, extended major with three concentrations, two minors, three certificates. Mechanical Engineering Technology ProgramMechanical Engineering Technology Program - Extended major with two concentrations, minor.
W HY H UMANITARIAN E NGINEERING ?
Humanitarian engineering is research and design to directly improve the wellbeing of marginalized or under-served communities. The main purpose is to increase the quality of life for those that don’t have the necessary means to do so themselves. This is done through smaller scale infrastructure projects such as water pumps, hydroelectric power generation, solar heating, water filtration, and much more.
A LARGE GAP REMAINS BETWEEN TODAY’S TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES AND THE NEEDS OF THE WORLD’S MAJORITY Population Benefitted Engineering Focus 0% 100% GAP WATER & SANITATION ENERGY SHELTER HEALTH EDUCATION RESILIENCY TO CRISES 10% 90% “The majority of the world’s designers focus all their efforts on developing products and services exclusively for the richest 10% of the world’s customers. Nothing less than a revolution in design is needed to reach the other 90%.” Dr. Paul Polak, International Development Enterprises
1.2 billion lack clean water 2.4 billion lack adequate sanitation 2.4 billion are at risk with malaria 29,000 children die from hunger daily 1.1 billion overfed vs. 1.1 billion underfed Why Humanitarian Engineering? 1.2 billion lack adequate housing 1.6 billion have no access to electricity 4.2 billion are unable to read 1.8 billion live in conflict zones, in transition, or in situations of permanent instability
The nature of humanitarian engineering projects offer a unique opportunity to teach students through an approach that integrates theory with a practical hands-on experience
SERVICE LEARNING combining classroom instruction with meaningful community service
H UMANITARIAN E NGINEERING C OURSE C OSTA R ICA - W INTERIM 2013
S TUDENTS DESIGNED AND BUILT A SIMPLE SOLAR WATER HEATER USING LOCALLY SOURCED AVAILABLE MATERIALS INTENDED FOR INSTALLATION ON A LOCAL SCHOOL
T IRED, HUNGRY, HAPPY
P ROJECTS C OURSE Westwood community solar furnace project Assistive technology project Solar water filtration project
S OLAR F URNACE The emerging field of alternative energy provides opportunities to develop new technologies to meet societal needs through a different paradigm. Opportunity to help communities with simple/sustainable/inexpensive technologies Engages students on a local service learning activity
S OLAR F URNACE D ESIGN Array of soda can towers (other options/materials can be substituted based on availability) Enclosed in insulated box Polycarbonate screen (can be substituted with other materials (i.e. glass, shower curtains, acrylic) based on availability and budget Mixing manifolds at top and bottom Solar or AC powered fan
H OW IT WORKS
Uses computer fans (range is CFM). These fans were found on ebay for $3 a piece and costs approximately 2 cents a day to run. The system is scalable and flexible.
T ESTING This design had a maximum output temp of 170°F (from 70°F Input) during testing.
S TUDENTS INSTALL DEMONSTRATION U NITS
Public radio's live midday news program Soda Can Solar Furnace Helps Cut Heating Bills
A SSISTIVE T ECHNOLOGY Collaboration with Assistive Technology Partners of Colorado Mission: to empower individuals with disabilities to achieve their highest potential through the use of assistive technology, by providing exemplary clinical services, consultation, education, research and innovative technology development.
S OLAR W ATER F ILTRATION Students are designing a water filtration system that can be used in developing communities