Previous Projects

Hydraulic Ram Pump

Started: Spring 2010

Current Term: Postponed

 

Description:
    In many developing countries, access to water is a major problem. People often have to walk great distances to reach a clean water source. These communities need an affordable solution that will alleviate this problem. A hydraulic ram pump is a water pump that can pump water to higher elevations or long distances without using electricity; compressed air and water hammer power the pump. Currently, we are in the detail design phase. This semester we hope to create the most efficient pump and find a project partner who will need this pump. Hopefully, by the end of spring 2014, we will deliver the project. Innovative and affordable solutions like hydraulic ram pumps are effective solutions to the global water crisis.

 

Project Members: 

Ayomide Lamuren, Jerry Chen, Terry Tsai, Andreas Watts, Ariel Humphrey, Sam Balskas, Evan Gliniecki, Zack Capo, Brian Bertini, Cody Pae, Kristy Martini, Rinat Mukhamadiyev, Birenda Kujur, Nicholas DeNardo, Brian Deak, Brooke Poppe, Leah Garner, Chiehen Wu, Chun Ta Huang, Vincent Marquet

Project Mentor: Dr. Engel

 

ADM Building Runoff Plan

Started: Fall 2011

Project Completion: Spring 2012

Description:
    Our project is to design a runoff management system for the new 27,000 square foot ADM (Archer Daniels Midland) building and surrounding areas. Also included in this land area is an area where several coal fly ash trucks are washed daily and there is a coal fly ash retention area on-site. The different facets of this project include researching and prototyping a coal fly ash retention system that is cost-effective and practical. Another aspect is the trench system which diverts the surface runoff from the building area to a subsurface wetland system across the road. We will also investigate and design options for:pervious pavement demonstration area in the parking lot on the South end of the building. The final aspect of this project is the design of the subsurface wetland system for managing runoff for a large storm event scenario. This will be the senior design project focus of the team. The objective of this project is to provide an outdoor laboratory along with a practical and innovative solution to excess runoff. We will propose monitoring and encourage demonstration of sustainable technologies to ensure that the educational aspect is intertwined with the practical design of the storm water runoff system.a

 

Project Members: 

Stephen Kelly, April Wang, Wilson Batdorf, McKenna Maier, Chistopher Tito, Neil Cooper, Minju Lee, Morgan Thome, Avinash Ravi Raghavan

Project MentorDr. Engel

 
Green Roof Design

Started: Spring 2010

Project Completion: Fall 2010

Description:
    The goal of this project is to create and implement a design for a green roof that can be installed on multiple buildings.

Project Members: 

Erica Merrifield, Katelyn Kulczyk, Robbie Otten, Allie Rader

Project Mentor: Dr. Engel

 

Rain Barrel and Rain Garden

Started: Fall 2010

Project Completion: Spring 2011

Description:
but also downstream in areas such as the Gulf of Mexico. Our objective is to educate residents about Low Impact Development (LID) Best Management Practices (BMPs) and to provide rain barrels to those residents that have been identified as living in a “critical subwatershed” in Greater Lafayette. Rain barrels will be offered to qualifying residents in these areas.  bodies,The Greater Lafayette community needs to mitigate non-point-source pollution generated from combined sewer overflow (CSO) during rain events. The Wabash River and other water bodies are polluted with CSO water containing large nutrient loads from sources such as lawn fertilizers and pet waste. This pollution creates hypoxic conditions not only in our local    
    Rain barrels attach to gutter sand reduce stormwater runoff by collecting water from the roofs of homes; rain barrels also provide opportunities for water reuse—the barrel contains a spigot and the water can be used to water gardens, to wash cars, and for other various tasks around the home. Students in this WRM project will conduct surveys and workshops in the community about rain barrels, and assist with the installation of the rain barrels, which will be provided at a reduced cost to encourage participation.

Project Members:

Stephen Lindorfer, Moises Cervantes, Hani Kim, Yoojung Lee, Xun Zhou

Project Mentor: Dr. Engel

 
Colombia Water Treatment Project

Started: Fall 2010

Project Completion: Spring 2012

Description:
    Access to sufficient amounts of clean drinking water is a serious problem in the rural area near Barbosa, Colombia. The Kimberly-Clark Company, a paper products manufacturer, established a plant in Barbosa in 2008 and now wishes to promote public health in the area by ensuring a reliable drinking water supply in nearby rural areas. Because groundwater resources are severely limited in the area, treatment of available surface water is the only viable means of producing safe, potable water.The Colombia WRM team is working to establish a series of workshops with rural communities on building their own ice roughly 180 people, and slow sand water filters first designed and implemented by a GET in March 2011. Furthermore the team is working on a community-sized scale up design to serve a continuous effort to enhance and expand the original sand filter design. 
    You can check out the Colombia Project's blog here.

Project Members: 

Fernando Segovia, Manaz Taleyarkhan, Amber Scheid, Jason Kaczkowski, Nicolas GuerraMondragon, Roderick Lammers, Ashley Stahly

Project Mentor: Dr. Engel

 
Happy Hollow Park

Started: Fall 2013

Project Completion: Spring 2017

Description:
    Happy Hollow Park is maintained by the City of West Lafayette. Currently, the park is experiencing erosion in multiple areas surrounding the trail and stream bed. The overall goal of the Happy Hollow EPICS team is to stop erosion within the park thus reducing the amount of sediment sent to the Wabash River. Currently we are looking at ways to prevent hill slopes erosion.

 Project Members: 

Andrew Huang, Jacob Mickey, Nolan Miller, Benjamin Eaton, Alan Gross, Karuna Srivastava, Lana Huston, Monica Moran, Callus Wayman, Scott Quillen, Pablo Schwiep, Loshini Vickneshwaran, Blaire Coleman, Matt Springer, Stephanie Verhoff, Dhimas Warsito

Project Mentor: Dr. Engel