Mechanical 6 - EPA Sustainable Kitchen Technologies
Student Team: Christopher Fragner, Webster Ross, Katie Neal, Charlie Rogers, Christine Ngan, Paige Lawrence, Krista Beyer
Advisor: Tait Carroll
Sponsoring Organization: Environmental Protection Agency
Liaison: Noel Bormann
Our mission is to remediate the burden of disease in developing nations, strengthen cross-cultural relationships, and expand engineering knowledge, made possible through grant from the US EPA People, Prosperity, and Planet (P3) Program. Our project combines components of old technologies in environmentally and economically sustainable ways for use in rural Africa. Our products can improve health in rural Zambian homes by implementing easy-to-use water filters and a stove that emits fewer contaminants while converting excess energy to charge Zambian electronic devices. Design factors included cost, ease of use, sustainability, target market, construction materials, and consumer needs. Final research and designs were presented to the EPA in Washington DC. Our products will be produced in Zambezi this summer.