The aquaponics laboratory, which combines fish farming with hydroponics, showcases the technology and methods for the development of a sustainable food supply for use here on Earth and a future Mars colony.
Our indoor lab, which focuses on research in energy conservation and new crop production techniques, is complemented by an outdoor solar-powered hydroponic garden designed and built by students. It uses nutrient-rich waste from the indoor system along with rainwater to increase crop yields.
This lab is used as part of several student and faculty research projects in the Department of Civil Engineering, as well as several courses in the B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering.