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Peru Related Projects

Many service-learning projects were done in conjunction with the Village Empowerment Peru Project. 

The Yanacaca Bridge, Peru Project

Course: 14.431 Foundation & Soil Engineering
Semester: Fall 2007
Instructor: Sam Paikowsky
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project - Village of Yanacaca, Peru

The project is to design a bridge so that trucks can pick up their crops on the other side of a river. The design project was aimed at obtaining this goal by designing and constructing a bridge that will be feasible under local conditions and that will be economically viable, promising the communities to always act after consultation, to act with a serious consideration of each step and in partnership with the people affected, to know whether or not the technology is suitable for the area. The students were divided into eight groups each assigned with one alternative.

LED Luminosity-Cost Optimization - Peru

Course: 16.208 - Basic EE Lab II
Semester: Spring 2007
Instructor: Alan Rux
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project (VE)

Off-grid remote villages in the Peruvian Andes rely on renewable energy to power light sources. Since power is limited, LED devices have been employed for various tasks as a way to save energy. Subsistence farmers can harvest more of a ready crop by harvesting into the night by use of headlamps. Headlamps using LEDs have been used for night farming and VE is working to help develop microenterprises for local manufacture and rentals. Representatives from VE presented the students with a slideshow and discussion about the conditions in the Peruvian villages and the need for their experimental results.

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Troubleshooting Huayash Water Pumping and Filtration System Using a CR10X Data Logger - Peru

Course: 25.401 – Interdisciplinary Engineering Capstone Design
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Project

The primary goal of the project was to use the collected data to detect the root cause of the pump failure in a purified water delivery system in Huayash, Peru. Once the root cause was found, the expectation was to eliminate the defect by repairing or replacing the faulty part and or to incorporate a control device in the system.

Transfer of emails and Files via Radio Modems and PCs in Peruvian Clinics and WiFi Prototype - Peru

Course: 16.499 Interdisciplinary Engineering Capstone II
Semester: Spring 2006
Instructor: John Duffy
Partners: Village Empowerment Peru Project

Three students worked on capstone designs that were implemented in Peru during June 2006. Students developed designs for a WiFi prototype to be installed in Peruvian health clinics in order to enhance communication and electronic file transfers between remote clinics and the main Hospital in Huarmey. Transfer of emails and files via transceiver radio modems and PC’s in the Peruvian clinics provided communication support that has served to save lives in these remote villages.

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Design Playground Rides for Children with Disabilities in Villages in Peru

Course: 25.200 – Community-Based Engineering Design Project I
Semester: Spring 2006
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Peru Playgrounds

Two students worked on assessing and re-designing playgrounds for villages in Peru as part of the Village Empowerment project (http://energy.caeds.eng.uml.edu/Peru/index.shtm), the college has been working with a volunteer clinic in the town of Huarmey, which provides therapy for folks with disabilities. The goal of this project was to analyze and design two rides to be built with local materials for children with disabilities. The group worked with the instructor to choose specific children from a client list and developed more specific objectives and an approach.

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Design of a Water Irrigation System for a Farm in the Rural Community of Laguna, Huarmey, Peru

Course: 22.342 - Convective Processes
Semester: Fall 2008
Instructor: Eugene E. Niemi, Jr
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

The students redesigned an earlier irrigation system, in which the size of the piping system in the design was found to be too large, and therefore too expensive. The new design specifications had restricted pipe sizes to fully suit the site requirement. The goal of the irrigation system was to increase the crop production and to bring convenience to the life of people in the rural community of Laguna, Huarmey, Peru.

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Design of Small Hydropower System for Village of Paty, Peru

Course: 22.342 - Convective Processes
Semester: Fall 2007
Instructor: Eugene E. Niemi, Jr
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

The objective of this project is to produce approximately 500 W of electricity (preferably more) for a four-hour period during the early evening for the village of Paty in Peru, utilizing a small hydropower system. (This would amount to about one light bulb per home.) This course requires a piping system design project, therefore this project was a good fit, since the students of this course were able to: specify the piping system’s overall length, the pipe diameter and material, number of elbows, tees, valves, unions, etc., calculate the head loss in the system and total head delivered to the turbine, the turbine’s specifications and cost analysis.

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Water System Design for Muchipampa, pERU

Course: 22.342 - Convective Processes - Handout
Instructor: Eugene E. Niemi, Jr
Partner: Village of Muchipampa, Peru

A water system design project was focused upon the design of a water delivery system to provide 1 gallon per minute from a spring fed source to each of six homes spread over a distance of 500 meters in Muchipampa, Peru. The students of the Convective Processes course were to identify a pump, estimate pipe length, diameter, material and cost.

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Water System Design for Yanacaca, Peru

Course: 22.342 - Convective Processes - Handout
Instructor: Eugene E. Niemi, Jr
Partner: Village of Yanacaca, Peru

The students were given the challenge to design a water delivery system to carry water from a spring to 15 homes in a remote village in Peru. The design challenges included piping and pump selection, water routing plans, selection of valves and fittings, and calculation of flow rates for various valve open configurations.

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Drip Irrigation System for a Farm in Laguna, Peru

Course: 22.381 - Fluid Mechanics
Semester: Fall 2007
Instructor: Majid Charmchi
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru - Project Village of Laguna

The students used concepts such as conservation of mass, the Bernoulli Equation and fluid principles (such as friction factors and head losses) to determine the flow of water required from the system and the necessary diameters of the drip holes to each tree. Twelve students participated in this project: some presented various design solutions, and some took the initiative to use Matlab to create a program where a user can change different parameters, making the program available to “aid in the development of irrigation systems for other plantations”.

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WiFi Communication System - Peru

Course: 16.499 - Interdisciplinary Engineering Capstone II
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

Students from the Interdisciplinary Engineering Capstone II course developed designs for a WiFi prototype to be installed in Peruvian health clinics in order to enhance communication and electronic file transfers between remote clinics and the main Hospital in Huarmey.

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Design of a motoambulance for remote villages in Peru

Course: 22.423 - Capstone
Semester:
Spring 2009
Instructor:
John Duffy
Partner:
Village Empowerment Inc, and health clinics in remote villages in Peru

The goal of this project was to design a motorcycle ambulance that can safely transport an injured person to the nearest hospital. This motorcycle ambulance should be able to transport through rough terrain and manage tight turns and be a relatively comfortable ride. A full scale prototype was designed and manufactured for a relatively low cost with materials available in rural Peru. The analyses performed indicated that the model have satisfactory performance as far as frame construction, engine power, brake and suspension systems, and safety.

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Development of a wind driven/ human powered water pumping system for small farm irrigation in Peru

Course: 22.423 - Capstone
Semester: Spring 2009
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment INC.

Irrigation is one of the greatest challenges for small independent farmers to overcome. The use of renewable energy as a means of acquiring water can greatly improve the level of production for small farms. Previous pump systems, while performing well, have been expensive to install and difficult to maintain. The goal of this project was for students to design a wind driven pump system that it is simple to construct, easy to maintain, while still maintaining a desired level of performance.

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WiFi Communication Link - Peru

Course: 25.401 – Interdisciplinary Engineering Capstone Design
Semester: Spring 2007
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

The overall goal of this project was to establish the beginning of a low powered, high throughput data and voice network. The network will begin a link between Malvas and Huarmey and possibly extend to San Miguel through the Andes Mountains. The project objectives were threefold: First, was the establishment of a link to provide internet connectivity between the school in Malvas, Peru and the hospital in Huarmey, Peru.

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Hand Powered Swing for Children with Disabilities - Peru

Course: 22.423 - Capstone
Semester: Spring 2007
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project, and Assistive Technology for one Individual with Disabilities

Three UMass Lowell students aimed to generate a new rehabilitation method that was both inexpensive and entertaining, as well as to increase effectiveness of physical therapy for use by children in Peru. The team decided to create a playground element and began to develop plans for a rehabilitation swing that uses an input crank to move the legs from a bent position to an extended position. This type of swing can be used for paraplegics and undernourished children with extremely weak legs. By providing an input crank, most of the force required to lift the legs can be distributed to the arms; and through repeated use, the patient may develop hand and leg strength. The swing also provides a physical activity while maintaining an entertainment element.

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Composting Solar Toilet: Village Empowerment Peru Project

Course: 22.423 - Capstone
Semester: Spring 2007
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Projects

The primary goal of this capstone student project was to design a sanitary composting toilet for remote Andean Peru villages for considerably less cost than commercial models. The composting toilet provides a natural solution to sanitation challenges and provides villagers with a safe and free fertilizer. The final design consisted of an outhouse like structure and incorporated temperature controls and aeration to promote composting conditions.

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Motorcycle Ambulance Design for Remote Villages - peru

Course: 22.423 - Capstone
Semester: Spring 2006
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Projects

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.

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Gym Running Mat Roller - peru

Course: 22.425 - Design Machine Elements
Semester: Fall 2006
Instructor: Chris Niezrecki
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

Students analyzed the mechanical components for static and dynamic loading failure and fatigue failure. Each of the five Design of Machine Elements projects were different and conducted in collaboration with a partner organization listed above. The S-L projects were reported to have engaged students’ interests and enthusiasm. The S-L projects also provided student motivation for working on the assignments. The S-L projects also provided the professor with creative problems that needed solving, versus just a classroom exercise.

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Motorcycle Ambulance Trailer Analysis

Course: 22.425 - Design Machine Elements
Semester: Fall 2006
Instructor: Chris Niezrecki
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

Students analyzed the mechanical components for static and dynamic loading failure and fatigue failure. Each of the five Design of Machine Elements projects were different and conducted in collaboration with a partner organization listed above. The S-L projects were reported to have engaged students’ interests and enthusiasm. The S-L projects also provided student motivation for working on the assignments. The S-L projects also provided the professor with creative problems that needed solving, versus just a classroom exercise.

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Water Tank Design and Analysis for Yanacaca, Peru

Course: 22.425 - Design Machine Elements
Semester: Fall 2006
Instructor: Chris Niezrecki
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

Students analyzed the mechanical components for static and dynamic loading failure and fatigue failure. Each of the five Design of Machine Elements projects were different and conducted in collaboration with a partner organization listed above. The S-L projects were reported to have engaged students’ interests and enthusiasm. The S-L projects also provided student motivation for working on the assignments. The S-L projects also provided the professor with creative problems that needed solving, versus just a classroom exercise.

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Failure Analysis of a Prosthetic Knee

Course: 22.425 - Design Machine Elements
Semester: Fall 2005
Instructor: Chris Niezrecki
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

In addition to mechanical designs for removing canal trash, three other students also worked on a Failure Analysis of a Prosthetic Knee. A single axle knee joint for an economical prosthetic leg was the subject for a static and dynamically loaded failure analysis. A prosthetic leg is a complicated mechanical machine of various components. From prior research performed by the capstone student group that originally designed the leg, the bracket for the knee joint was assessed as the component most susceptible to failure.

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Water Tower Analysis; Water Tank Design and Analysis for Yanacaca, Peru; Hydro-Lock Automation Stress Analysis Project; Motorcycle Ambulance Trailer Analysis; Gym Running Mat Roller

Course: 22.425 - Design Machine Elements
Instructor: Christopher Niezrecki
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project, National Park Service; UMass Lowell Athletics Dept.

For all of the S-L projects the students analyzed the mechanical components for static and dynamic loading failure and fatigue failure. Each of the five Design of Machine Elements projects were different and conducted in collaboration with a partner organization.

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Water Tank Support System for a School in Raypa, Peru

Course: 22.425 - Design Machine Elements - Handout
Semester: Fall 2005
Instructor: Chris Niezrecki
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

Three students of the Design of Machine Elements course tackled this project in order to design a safe structure to locate a water tank near the perimeter of the school in Raypa. Due to the lack of running water, a design for a water supply storage tank system was analyzed to allow running water to be accessible to a school located in Peru.

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Solar Water Pumping System Design and Installation for Laguna, Peru

Course: 22.504 – Energy Engineering Workshop - Handout
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Laguna, Peru

Two students chose to design, model and test a solar water pumping system for remote regions of Peru. Their work focused on designing a photovoltaic pumping system that would feasibly deliver water to ten households in the community of Laguna, Peru.

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Optimal window Orientation for Passive Solar Housing in Peru

Course: 22.521 - Solar Fundamentals
Semester: Fall 2008
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Inc., Village of Malvas, Peru

Every year inhabitants of the Andes Mountains suffer from pneumonia and even death from the cold temperatures. Because of the location and altitude of this region, seasons are less pronounced and heating is needed year-round. Solar housing could potentially save lives in regions like these, and yet this solution is somewhat underdeveloped. Students analyzed the optimal window locations for a solar passive house with local available materials in the village of Malvas, Peru. A skylight window in the horizontal orientation was found to transmit more space heating energy than other orientations.

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Solar hot water system for the village of Quian, Peru

Course: 22.521 - Solar Fundamentals
Semester: Fall 2008
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Inc.

UMass Lowell students have for the last eleven years been working with residents of small remote health centers in the villages in the Andes mountains of Peru. Students designed a solar hot water collector for the health center of the community of Quian in Peru.

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Measurement of Irradiation Data Analysis from Peru

Course: 22.521 - Solar Fundamentals - Handout
Semester: Fall 2005
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

Students were provided with some hourly data from a UMass Lowell data logger in the clinic in the town of Malvas, 3100 m elevation, 9.9170° S, 77.6830° W (coordinates courtesy of http://www.heavens-above.com. Additional data from Raypa, 1400 m elev. 9.6500° S, 77.9170° W and some data from Cochapeti (9.9830° S, 77.6500° W, 3400 m) were also made available to students. The sites are in the same time zone as Lowell. It was suggested to utilize (and actually have used) irradiation data from three sites to help design new solar systems in these areas. Data on photovoltaic array output and vaccine refrigerator energy use measurements were also provided in order to examine the data more closely to make sure it is reasonable and useable for future work. Good field data is hard to come by.

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Design of Water Pumping Systems without Batteries for Villages in the Peruvian Andes

Course: 22.521 - Solar Fundamentals
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

Students from the Solar Fundamentals course analyzed the current design of one pump system existing at the village and looked at possible changes, such as connecting the pump directly to the PV modules without the assistance of storage batteries.

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Solar Water System for Yanacaca, Peru

Course: 22.521 – Solar Fundamentals
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Project – Yanacaca, Peru

Students estimated losses, optimal diameter of pipes, pump selection, water tank height, and loss in the different joints or connections such as elbows and valves. All of this for a solar water system installation in the town of Yanacaca, Peru.

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Solar Hot Water Batch Collector and Heater Design for a Village Biogas System

Course: 22.521 – Solar Fundamentals - Handout
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Project – Yanacaca, Peru

The students focused on the design and evaluation of performance for a batch water heater suitable for delivering 200 liters of water per day at over 35 degrees centigrade on a typical day in Raypa, Peru. These types of solar water heating systems preheat water and do not require pumps or controls and hence are ideal for low-cost solar water heating systems.

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Peru Solar Dryer Miniproject

Course: 22.521 – Solar Fundamentals
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Project – Yanacaca, Peru

The goals of this project included the development of a solar drier design that was built and tested as a solar herbs drier prototype for the village of Cochapeti, Peru. Furthermore, the design was to be developed with locally available materials, and to monitor data in order to analyze its performance.

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Design and building experiments for middle/high schools in remote Peruvian villages: “Discovering the Sun (A brief introduction to solar optimization)”

Course: 22.527 - Solar System Engineering
Semester: Spring 2009
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment INC.

This project was developed in order to help students in the villages understand how the PV systems that we have installed work by developing experiments that illustrate the principles behind PV and batteries.

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Passive Solar Housing in the Andes

Course: 22.527 - Solar System Engineering
Semester: Spring 2009
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment INC, Village of Malvas, Peru, Illinois Institute of Technology.

Every year inhabitants of the Andes Mountains suffer from pneumonia and even death from the cold temperatures. Because of the location and altitude of this region, seasons are less pronounced and heating is needed year-round. Solar housing could potentially save lives in regions like these, and yet this solution is somewhat underdeveloped. Students designed and one student from IIT built a prototype of a solar passive house with local available materials in the village of Malvas, Peru.

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Photovoltaic battery charging system for use in Pilco, Peru

Course: 22.527 - Solar System Engineering
Semester: Spring 2009
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

UMass Lowell students have for the last eleven years been working with residents of small remote villages in the Andes mountains of Peru. Students designed and installed a solar photovoltaic charging station for the little village of Pilco, near the town of Malvas. The town of Pilco lacks from access to the grid and some of the villagers have automobile type batteries, lead acid batteries,that they can now charge with the charging station.

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Design of PV battery charging station for villages in the Peruvian Andes

Course: 22.527 - Solar System Engineering
Semester: Spring 2008
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

The students from the Solar Systems Engineering course used irradiation data obtained from data acquisition systems (that were already installed at various Andean locations by students from previous years) in order to calculate the energy that could be available for a PV system. This was then used to determine the number of panels necessary to charge automobile-type batteries (lead acid batteries with a capacity of about 60 Ah).

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Design and build 4 experiments for middle/high schools in remote Peruvian villages

Course: 22.527 - Solar System Engineering
Semester: Spring 2008
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

A group of students in this course designed four laboratory experiments that would fit into a general science, physics, or chemistry course at the middle or high school level in Peruvian villages. These experiments help students learn the basic principles of the photovoltaic effect, how PV cells work, some basic electrical circuitry, and how batteries work. The students wrote the background of each experiment and also wrote the detailed steps for each procedure, providing instruction pamphlets for both the high school students and the teachers. The Solar Systems Design students also assembled the necessary hardware for some of the experiments to be performed in Peru in addition to carrying out the experiments themselves in order to assess their usefulness.

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Troubleshooting Huayash Water Pumping and Filtration System Using a CR10X Data Logger

Course: 22.527 - Solar System Engineering
Semester: Spring 2007
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

A purified water delivery system was designed and installed to transport the required amount of water from a spring 1 km away to a central location in the town of Hauyash, Peru. The system consists of four 50watt photovoltaic (PV) panels, two 140Ah batteries, a 10Amp Sunsaver charge controller, and a Shurflo 2088 pump. Unfortunately, the pump failed due to an unknown cause and the Village Empowerment group has had to replace the pump after working for only one month or so. The purpose of this mini-project was to integrate a CR10X data logger to collect voltage, current, temperature, irradiation, pressure and flow data from different components in the system to troubleshoot the premature pump failure.

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Yearly Power Output of Peruvian PV Systems for Carbon Offset Credits

Course: 22.527 – Solar Systems - Handout
Semester: Spring 2007
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Project

The students estimated the electricity produced by the systems installed in Peru and then calculated the resulting carbon offset that could be purchased by Staples.

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Water Tank Support System for the School in Raypa

Course: 26.211 – Mechanics (Statics)
Instructor: Amad Tayebi
Partner: Peruvian Village of Raypa, Ancash

For many years now a school in Raypa has water flowing to it only for a couple of hours early in the morning from the town at a higher elevation. The students of the Mechanics class were asked to design and evaluate a tower upon which to place a tank to store water so that the water would be available all the time.

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Design of a Sediment Filter System for Filling Water Bottles for Personal Consumption

Course: 26.218 - Introduction to Design
Semester: Spring 2008
Instructors: Steve Orroth and Nick Schott
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

This project was created as a complement to another service-learning project developed by various graduate students in which water bottles are being coated with TiO2 so that when the bottle is exposed to sunlight, it causes ultra violet rays to kill bacteria in the water. After this process, a filter is needed in order to filter out the sediment and coarse contaminants out of the water supply.

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Design and Manufacture of Rechargeable Headlamp Casings for Peru

Course: 26.218 - Introduction to Design
Instructor: Steve Orroth and Nick Schott
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

The 27 students of the Introduction to Design Plastics Engineering class worked in teams to come up with ideas for low-cost headlamp casings made out of commercially available parts.

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Continuation of Sophomore Plastics Engineering Course

Course: 26.418 – Plastics Product and Process Design
Instructor: Fang “Francis” Lai
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project, Tsongas Industrial History Center, Individual Clients with Special Needs

This course examined theoretical principles and sound engineering practice involved in the design of new end products made from polymers, applying the total systems approach to the balance between product design, choice of materials, tool design, and process techniques, as they affect competitive choices for commercial success.

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Evaluated Polymeric Materials for use as the Housing of Solar Lanterns

Course: 26.418 Plastics Product and Process Design
Semester: Spring 2006
Instructor: Fang “Francis” Lai
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project, Tsongas Industrial History Center, Individual Clients with Special Needs

This course examined theoretical principles and sound engineering practice involved in the design of new end products made from polymers, applying the total systems approach to the balance between product design, choice of materials, tool design, and process techniques, as they affect competitive choices for commercial success.

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Design of Shipping Bracket for Transport of Solar Modules

Course: 26.518 Plastics Product Design
Semester: Spring 2008
Instructor: Nick R. Schott
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

The objective was to design a disposable shipping bracket to protect stacked solar panels during their shipment to Peru. The Village Empowerment Project uses these solar panels in order to help villages in Peru to obtain electricity for basic needs such as hospital communications, water pumping, etc.; but if these panels get damaged during transportation in the plane, and later on the trucks, they can’t be used, and that is why shipping brackets are needed. Due to the low yearly volume and the limited funds at UMass Lowell a method of manufacturing low volume quantities of the bracket (<500 parts/year) with low cost tooling was required.

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The Application of Nanotechnology in Developing Countries: A Case Study II

Course: 45.334 - Engineering Ethics
Instructor: Eugene Mellican
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

A case study was developed by the Engineering Ethics students in which they argued the physical, environmental, economic and ethical consequences of introducing nano-based products and technologies into developing countries.

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Philosophical Analysis of the Diverse and Complex Ethical Issues confronting those Engaged in the Practice of Engineering

Course: 45.334 - Engineering Ethics
Semester: Fall 2005
Instructor: Eugene Mellican
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

This course undertook a philosophical analysis of the diverse and complex ethical issues confronting those engaged in the practice of engineering. This was accomplished through the study and application of some of the fundamental concepts and principles of traditional and contemporary ethical theories. The course addresses perplexing problems confronting society such as global competition and rapid changes. Students reflected together on the engineering profession today as presented in course materials as well as literature searches in order to develop different perspectives for reformulating a professional ethic for engineers in the face of changing realities.

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