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Innovating Water Solutions for Developing Countries

Course Description: 

Primarily for graduate students and seniors with strong design and mechanical engineering backgrounds. Currently 1.1 billion people lack safe drinking water and 2.6 billion people lack adequate sanitation. The FAO states that by 2025 1.9 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world population could be under stress conditions. The Stanford ChangeLabs has initiated a project called the 100 Liter Water project, designed to form strategies to deliver a minimum of 100 liters of water per day per family to the poorest communities in the world. This is a self-directed project class restricted to 15 students selected through an application process. Students work individually and in teams on water related technologies such as solar based low flow pumping systems, rainwater catchment systems, and storage systems. The studio class entails working on the design of solar powered low flow pumps, rainwater catchment systems, and very low cost storage systems designed for sparsely distributed communities in water stressed regions of the world. Students expected to work with autonomy and self-direction, going through multiple rounds of prototyping to generate breakthrough technologies designed to make deep impact.

Subject: 
ME
Subject (Full): 
Mechanical Engineering
Academic Year: 
2014-2015