Katie Matton email@example.com
Jon Luthy firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary McMeekin email@example.com
Project Location(s): Hagley Gap, Jamaica and Ann Arbor, MI
Current Focus: Following significant leadership changes within Blue Mountain Project (BMP), the non-profit organization we were partnered with, and an informative trip to Jamaica last May, we reevaluated our ability to help the Hagley Gap community through engineering projects. We are in the process of conducting research and communicating with U of M faculty members in order to select a new project that will both create value for end-users and provide our team with a challenging and educational experience. After completing a successful full-scale solar dehydrator prototype last year, we are also looking to continue to advance our design. Our trip last May led us to conclude that implementation of this project in Hagley Gap would be more problematic than beneficial for the community, and so we are looking for alternative users that could benefit from our design.
Our mission is to successfully establish cross-cultural relationships, utilize the design process, and cultivate professional skills as we look to implement sustainable technology to improve living and learning conditions for communities in the greater Caribbean.
Our vision is to design sustainable technology that addresses human needs in a way that creates a lasting impact for our users and broader stakeholders. Throughout this process, we hope that our members will become more educated on the technical complexities of carrying out the design process, the cultural challenges of collaborating with different local and international communities, and the social importance of incorporating sustainability into all of our designs.
Team History: We have been working with community members in Hagley Gap, Jamaica for the past 12 years. Throughout this time, we have implemented water filtrations systems, a dish drying rack, and multiple classroom resource related projects. This past year we spent time designing and testing a solar dehydrator that we planned to implement in Hagley Gap in May 2016. However, the resignation of a BMP ambassador that was one of the main proponents of the project led us to change our trip plans and instead use the time abroad to reevaluate community interest in our design. Following this trip, we have decided that it is not the best time to implement the solar dehydrator in Hagley Gap, but we are still looking to continue testing and perfecting our solar dehydrator design while coming up with an alternative implementation plan.
Achievements: Shell Oil Company funding recipient, Fall 2016