Industrial & Systems Engineering
Mallika Ramswamy, Sarah Ballard, Carlos Plaz, Jorge Daccarett, and
"Over the past year, we traveled with two ISE professors,
Drs. Andres Carrano and Brian Thorn, to Caracas, Venezuela.
We have worked on different projects as part of our new sustainability-focused
workgroups: Engineers for a Sustainable World and P3: People, Prosperity
and the Planet. The projects have included development and design
of ecologically-friendly and cost-effective solar ovens and fabrication
of ultraviolet tubes used to disinfect water. Portions of this work
have been supported by the EPA.
In Venezuela, we visited an orphanage for severely handicapped
children and installed a UV tube to provide the children with clean
drinking water. We also met with Priests from churches in some of
the poorest communities in Caracas where we discussed health issues
and how UV tubes could be disseminated to improve public health.
We have also met with students and faculty at the Universidad Catolica
who have collaborated with us in the testing of the solar ovens
and will assist in field testing and water analysis for the UV tubes.
The trips have been educational, rewarding, and a lot of fun. We
about important global issues and how we can use technology to address
them. We have also able to interact directly with those who will
benefit from our work, which proved to be both educational and motivational.
We feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel to
Venezuela and see how we, as engineers, can work to address some
of the critical challenges that face our fellow global citizens."
- Mallika Ramaswamy
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