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The goals of Project Haiti are to provide Haitians with clean drinking water, to expose our college students to another culture, and to give them a hands-on experience using their engineering skills to directly help people. Many Haitians living in the tent cities after the earthquake deal with chronic intestinal sickness from contaminated water. Our solar water purifier is designed to provide clean drinking water for 500 adults per day.
This project is an ideal intersection of humanitarian aid and engineering. Our students designed and built Embry-Riddle’s solar powered water purifier for delivery to a Haitian tent camp. They learned how to use solar panels, batteries, pumps, and filters to construct a purifier that runs entirely from the sun. Now that it is completed, our students have become better engineers and they have learned a global perspective and the satisfaction of helping people in a developing country.
Dr. Compere is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. His background is in physical systems modeling, hardware-in-the-loop control systems, mechatronics, and hybrid-electric vehicle dynamics. His current work is focused on the water-energy nexus, water purification, reducing diesel emissions, and solar powered air conditioning.