Project Examples

Waste & Storm Water Technology for Candelaria, Honduras

Course: 14.570 - Waste Water Treatment & Storm Water Management
Semerter: Fall 2005
Instructor: Bill Moeller
Partner:Mesoamerican Development Institute (MDI)

Brief Description:

Students studied a technology of their choice in great depth, including the strengths and liabilities of their chosen technology relative to that location, etc. Each student completed a report to be read by local folks (after translation.) that would serve as a format for any developing country.

Full Description:

MDI representatives presented information to a previous class about MDI in general, as well as a particular regarding Cedral, Costa Rica, and the analysis that they were looking for from the UML students. Students were requested to develop a list of questions that MDI president, Raúl Raudales, could ask this and any other village anywhere in the world regarding: geography and hydrology, while designing coffee cooperatives for his coffee drying small business.

During this semester, students studied a technology of their choice in great depth, including the strengths and liabilities of their chosen technology relative to that location, etc. Each student completed a report to be read by local folks (after translation.) that would serve as a format for any developing country.

Learning objectives met by the S-L project:

  • To deepen the students’ knowledge of waste water and storm water technologies
  • To practice writing a technical report for a non-technical audience
  • To realize the complexities of a real customer, especially in dealing with a location about which little information is available.

Community objectives met by S-L project:

  • To provide a model to MDI about the types of work UML students can deliver.