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Developing a Wheelchair Transfer Board

Course: 25.300 – Community-Based Engineering Design Project II
Semester: Spring 2007
Instructor: Bob Parkin
Partner: Private individuals

Private individuals who are wheelchair bound and would like to transfer to/from their wheelchairs independently. One student continued the work of developing a wheelchair transfer board. This was the second credit of a three 1-credit sequence of courses to constitute a technical elective.

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Independent Moving

Course: 25.300 – Community-Based Engineering Design Project II
Instructor: Bob Parkin
Partner: Private individuals who are wheelchair bound

Private individuals who are wheelchair bound and would like to transfer to/from their wheelchairs independently. One student continued the work of developing a wheelchair transfer board. This was the second credit of a three 1-credit sequence of courses to constitute a technical elective.

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SOLO Gear Case Load Cell for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute

Course: 22.423 - Capstone
Semester: Spring 2006
Instructor: Sammy Shina
Partner: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI)

Mechanical engineering capstone students were asked to design a tester mechanism for a high torque motor and gear case used in the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) Argo Program. The program consists of a global array of 3000 free-drifting profiling floats that measure the salinity of the upper 2000 meters of ocean, allowing for continuous monitoring of temperature salinity and velocity of the upper ocean.

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Waste & Storm Water Technology

Course: 14.570 - Waste Water Treatment & Storm Water Management & 18.510 Water Resources System Assessment
Instructor: Bill Moeller
Partner: Mesoamerican Development Institute (MDI)

The Waste Water Treatment & Storm Water Management course partnered with the Mesoamerican Development Institute (MDI) to develop a list of questions that MDI could ask any village regarding: geography and hydrology, while designing coffee cooperatives for coffee drying small business. Students were also involved in making a report that addressed issues of certain regional locations regarding water resources.

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Water Resources Analysis for Honduras

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

Students were assigned the development and writing of a report for the National College of Forestry in Honduras that addressed issues in their regional location regarding water resources using concepts learned in class.

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Water Resource Assessment for Hormiguero, Nicaragua

Course: 18.510 - Water Resources System Assessment
Instructor: Bill Moeller
Partner: Mesoamerican Development Institute (MDI)

Students of the Water Resources System Assessment class were assigned the development and writing of a report for the people of El Hormiguero that addressed issues in their regional location regarding water resources using concepts learned in the class.

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Water resource analysis for the National College of Forestry in Honduras

Course: 18.510 Water Resources System Assessment
Semester: Spring 2007
Instructor: Bill Moeller
Partner: Mesoamerican Development Institute (MDI)

Students were assigned the development and writing of a report for the National College of Forestry in Honduras that addressed issues in their regional location regarding water resources using concepts learned in the class.

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Water Resource Assessment for Hormiguero, Nicaragua

Course: 18.510 Water Resources System Assessment
Semester: Spring 2006, Spring 2007
Instructor: Bill Moeller
Partner: Mesoamerican Development Institute (MDI)

Three MDI representatives presented information to this class about MDI in general, and specifically regarding their essential oils small business and farming diversification opportunities, including a cooperative located in El Hormiguero, Nicaragua. Students were assigned the development and writing of a report for the people of El Hormiguero that addressed issues in their regional location regarding water resources using concepts learned in the class.

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Water Purification Design

Course: 25.401 - Interdisciplinary Engineering Capstone Design
Semester: Spring 2006
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

A senior student in civil engineering worked on sand filtration water purification design, and she actually installed and tested it in a remote Peruvian village. The goal of this partnership project was to improve the water purity in remote villages in Peru.

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Redesign the Broken Plastic Waterwheel from an Exhibit at the Tsongas Industrial History Center

Course: 26.418 Plastics Product and Process Design
Semester: Spring 2006
Instructor: Fang “Francis” Lai
Partner:Tsongas Industrial History Center

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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Window Improvement Project

Course: 22.341 - Conduction & Radiation Heat Transfer
Semester: Spring 2008
Instructor: Hongwei Sun
Partner: UMass Lowell Campus Facility Management Team

Students investigated energy saving strategies and practical application of heat transfer. However, in the window design project, students discovered that based on their analysis, a window replacement would not be cost effective. The objective of this project was to calculate the heat loss of the current window system of a building constructed during 1950, and to redesign the window system to minimize the annual heat loss in order to save money expended on heating over time.

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Windmill pump design for the Tohono O’odham Reservation

Course: 22.423 - Capstone
Semester: Spring 2009
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Tohono O’odham Reservation, AZ

The Tohono O’odham Reservation is located in southern Arizona, relatively close to Tucson and the Mexican border. The majority of the people living on the Tohono O’odham Reservation are very poor. Most people in this area still live without running water or electricity. The extremely dry climate in this area of the country brings on many problems and hardships. Therefore, the students wind powered water pump design will solve one of their problems of water. A small scale wind pump was designed and built to pump from a 15 ft well. The main goal is for the people of the Tohono O’odham Reservation to craft these machines themselves as a microenterprise.

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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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Fresh Water Condensation - Solar through Plastic

Course: 26.348 - Heat Transfer - Handout
Instructor: Jan “Jim” Huang
Partner: Developing Nations in Need of Fresh Water

Students from the Heat Transfer course devised water condensation systems that used solar devices; they analyzed if enough energy could be garnered to evaporate fresh water from the dirty water available.

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