Project Examples

Mechanical Engineering Capstone

Course: 22.423 - Capstone
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project, Kenya Village, and Assistive Technology

Partnership Description: Within this capstone course, four separate student projects emerged in partnership with the Village Empowerment Peru Project, a Village in Kenya and Assistive Technology for one Individual with Disabilities. Two groups of students worked on two different project designs for the Village Empowerment Peru Project, a motorcycle ambulance and lanterns/ headlamps. One student worked on a solar-based design project for a chicken farm located in a village in Kenya. While a fourth student worked on a partnership project focused upon special needs of an individual child with disabilities.

Project Description: The Motorcycle Ambulance Design for Peruvian remote villages was developed and the design idea discussed with remote health clinics in Peru during June 2006. However, the motoambulance design will need further development. Lanterns and headlamp devices for the Village Empowerment Peru project were developed and delivered during June 2006. The page-turner assistive technology design for a child with disabilities, also needs further development. A student from Kenya developed a solar design for a chicken farm in Kenya which resulted in a report and helpful recommendations for the village.