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Development of an Experiential Humanitarian Engineering Pilot Program

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  1. Development of an Experiential Humanitarian Engineering Pilot Program Henry Louie, PhD* Steve Szablya, PE** *Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering **Facilities Services Seattle University Spring/Summer 2011

  2. Funding Sources • SU Global Grant: $9,524 • SU Endowed Mission Fund: $6,000 • Community Solutions Initiative: $3,000 • Professionals without Boundaries: $3,000 Total Funding: $21,524 Dr. Henry Louie

  3. Program Goals • Develop a humanitarian engineering curriculum and supporting educational materials • Increase Seattle University faculty experience and capability in humanitarian engineering projects and in experiential teaching techniques Dr. Henry Louie

  4. Program Goals • Expose students through immersion to global humanitarian challenges, and empower them to work toward solutions, culminating in an experiential service experience • Strengthen bonds with local and international organizations and communities Dr. Henry Louie

  5. Approach • Discussion Sessions • Workshop Sessions • Immersion Dr. Henry Louie

  6. Discussion Session Details • Held Weekly • 45 minutes in duration • Developed slides • Recommended reading Dr. Henry Louie

  7. Discussion Session Topics • Session 0: Information Session • Session 1: Introduction to Humanitarian Engineering • Session 2: Fundamentals of Wind Energy • Session 3: Energy Poverty • Session 4: Opportunities and Roles of Engineers in Developing Self-Sustainable Communities* • Session 5: Micro Credit* • Session 6: Generator Basics • Session 7: Trivia *Guest Speaker(s) Dr. Henry Louie

  8. Discussion Session Participation Number of Attendees • Session 0: 23 • Session 1: 22 • Session 2: 17 • Session 3: 19 • Session 4: 8 (evening meeting) • Session 5: 16 • Session 6: 16 • Session 7: 8 (last week of quarter) Average Attendance: 16 Dr. Henry Louie

  9. Workshop Session Details • Held Weekly • Saturday Mornings • +4 hours in duration • SU Carpentry Shop • Supervised work • Included professionals Dr. Henry Louie

  10. Workshop Session Dr. Henry Louie

  11. Workshop Session • Special Topics: • Shop Orientation • Aerodynamics • Welding Dr. Henry Louie

  12. Immersion Trip Participants • Dr. Henry Louie (Faculty) • Steve Szablya (Staff) • Vincent Van Acker (Volunteer) • Ayesha Pirbhai (Student) • Josh Peavler (Student) • Karim Farraj (Student) Dr. Henry Louie

  13. Case Study: Zambia • +12 million people • 25% have electricity • per capital energy use: 3.3% of USA • +8 million live in rural communities • 50% of rural population have electronic devices • 4% have access to electricity • Average income: US$5.30/day

  14. Case Study: Zambia

  15. Case Study: Zambia

  16. What we Brought • Rotors • Stator • Hub assembly • Tools • Misc. Electronic Components Dr. Henry Louie

  17. Our Goals • Determine feasibility of building generator • Make blades, tower • Field test Dr. Henry Louie

  18. Packing Dr. Henry Louie

  19. Immersion Itinerary • Seattle-Lusaka • Lusaka-Livingstone • Livingstone • Chobe (Botswana) • Chikuni • Monze/Lusaka • Chikuni • Lusaka • Lusaka-Seattle Dr. Henry Louie

  20. ZAMBIA

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  24. Lusaka X Chikuni 230 miles Livingstone Dr. Henry Louie

  25. Dr. Livingstone I presume? Dr. Henry Louie

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  28. Sunset on the Zambezi Dr. Henry Louie

  29. Safari in Botswana Dr. Henry Louie

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  43. Getting Around Dr. Henry Louie

  44. Our Workshop • No power tools • No lighting Dr. Henry Louie

  45. Fr. Bert’s Wind Turbine Dr. Henry Louie

  46. Where the Wind Blows… Dr. Henry Louie

  47. Option 2 Dr. Henry Louie

  48. Option 3 Dr. Henry Louie

  49. Wind Speed Measurements • Used local knowledge to screen locations • Near continuous readings from 8am to 6pm for 2 days • Did not record during evening • Safety • Generally low wind speed anemometer 100 inches Dr. Henry Louie

  50. And the winner is… Dr. Henry Louie