PI Marc Compere
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.The Summer 2014 purifier will be installed at the Dayspring Missions orphanage in Croix des Bouquets area, a suburb east of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. It will provide up to 6000 gallons of water a day with the water being used by the orphans, distributed to three local church communities, as well as being sold to the community to generate income and filter replacement costs.
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.
- Learn more about research projects in the Daytona Beach College of Engineering and its Department of Mechanical Engineering
More on Project Haiti
- Project Haiti Blog
- Official Embry-Riddle Press Release
- 2012 P3 Award Winner Portable Solar Water Purification System for Public Use during Disaster Recovery
- Project Haiti on Facebook
- Embry-Riddle students bring clean water to Haiti children — Daytona Beach News-Journal
- Our 2012 EPA P3 Entry was a Portable Solar Water Purification Backpack for Disaster Releief. It won the $90k EPA Phase II award, the US Army's NetZero Water Award, and the Student's Choice Award at the 2012 National Sustainable Design Expo
- Dr. Compere teaches two water courses:
- ME595J, Practicum in Water Purification is a lab based, hands-on course that provides students with practical experience in testing for water-borne pathogens, water purification methods, and solar power systems
- HON350, Emerging Trends in Global Water Supply and Demand is a humanities survey course raising awareness of water as the new high-value commodity. This course highlights the major issues in the water-energy nexus, water-food nexus, and water-climate nexus.
- An American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) SouthEast Regional conference paper on the 2012 unit and trip is available here.
- Graduate student team leader: Mr. Yung Wong, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Undergraduate student team leader: Mr. Kyle Fennesy, email@example.com
- Faculty Advisors: Dr. Marc Compere at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Yan Tang, email@example.com
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07/01/2010 to 10/15/2016