“WAVES is a service-based organization consisting of university students committed to collaborating with underdeveloped communities to design and implement sustainable projects in order to improve their quality of life. Guided by faculty and professional mentors, students employ engineering, nursing, business, education, and science skills to develop solutions that not only solve immediate problems but that remain viable after the projects have been completed.”
Our Work in Haiti
For the second spring break in a row, WAVES Faculty Advisor and Mechanical Engineering Professor Daniel Blood brought a group of student members with him to undertake various projects at an orphanage in Les Cayes, Haiti. Valpo students installed arduinos and custom electronics to perform a full energy audit of the Espwa compound, built a “Mobile Power Pack” for Dr. Vlad to use at his mobile clinic, and as always, taught science lessons and led craft projects with many of the students. Future projects at the compound include converting a hand powered wheelchair to electric, developing the education curriculum at the orphanage, and Project Green Hope; an initiative to take Pwoje Espwa entirely off the grid. This will come primarily through modifications so that electricity is used more efficiently, as well as through the installation of more solar panels. More information about the project can be found here.
Our Work in Nicaragua
WAVES has plans to travel to the community in August of 2016. On this trip we will meet with the communities Water Committee,Fundacion Entre Volcanes (the NGO connected to the project), and Managua Rotary to discuss finalize the plans to build a tank. Topics such as the timeline of the construction, funding, and tank location will be confirmed.
In addition, on this trip we will collect our data from the solar powered flow-meters and water level meter we installed in the August of 2015. This data will help us determine the size of the new tank as well as update the model of the system we created after the November 2013 assessment trip. Lastly we will ask which section of our prototype filter worked the best and create a full size filter with that mesh.
More information about the project can be found here.