University faculty, staff, and students are in a unique position to serve society while deepening their learning of curricular content and its relationship to society. As a result, I try to engage students in projects with diverse stakeholders in a global context. Some of these projects are described below.
Water Supply and Sanitation
In 2010 a team of senior design students worked with Laura Roberts (Bucknell Mech. Eng., 2008) and residents of Tumaipa, Suriname to design and implement a rainwater harvesting system in this rainforest village of 300. The team was recognized by former President Bill Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative University conference.
A group of students from Bucknell's Students for Sustainable Development traveled to Lobitos, Peru, to work with WAVES for Development, who fosters social entrepreneurship, environmental health, and sustainable development in this growing coastal community. Students evaluated techniques for earthbag construction and assisted with installation of a biodigester for wastewater treatment.
Stephanie Houser (BSCE 2015), Presidential Fellow, constructed a turbidimeter for measuring water quality, based on a design by Kelley et al. (2014, Sensors, 14(4):7142-7155). We hope to offer improvements on the design and program code, perform field testing in introductory courses, and ultimately work with partnering organizations to provide field prototypes for use in evaluating water quality in rural communities.