New OfficersWe have elected new officers for the 2014-2015 academic year!
Internal Activities Coordinator
External Activities Coordinator
Company Outreach Officer
To be elected in Fall 2014
Congratulations to Civil Design Session Winners, and All the Seniors who finished their Senior Designs!
Civil Engineering Session 1 (3-way tie):
Rainwater Catchment System at Walden West Outdoor Science School
Jessica Bolanos, Melissa Crapps, Alessandro Folchi
Advisors: Steven Chiesa, Edwin Maurer
At Walden West, children learn science as it relates to the environment
and sustainability. We designed a full-scale bioswale to capture and
reuse the rainwater runoff on the site. To provide an educational tool
for campers, we built a model bioswale and performed water quality
Colin Boyle, Scott Hanson
Advisor: Edwin Maurer
Design and implementation of a rainwater collection, purification,
storage, and distribution system for an orphanage in Kigali, Rwanda.
Project team traveled to site for construction of system components.
This water system will enable the orphanage to become more
self-sufficient and independent of municipal water, which has proven to
Design of a Low-Impact Wastewater Treatment Solution for Siladen Island in Indonesia
Kyle Astill, Charles Rymer, Joseph Sarmiento
Advisor: Steven Chiesa
Design of a low-cost, centralized wastewater treatment system for Pulau
Siladen, a tiny undeveloped island in Indonesia without a sustainable
sanitation method. The chosen design was based on technologies that can
be used to solve sanitation issues in similar communities and
potentially provide recycled water to offset potable water demands.
Civil Engineering Session 2:
Design and Evaluation of a Home-Scale Arsenic Removal System
Megan Alferness, Alex Casares
Advisor: Steven Chiesa
Arsenic contamination in groundwater is a global health concern. Our
goal was to develop an affordable household arsenic filter using
electrocoagulation technology that reduces arsenic concentrations to
safe levels. This may lead to manufacturing the filter in Southeast Asia
and other regions, including the United States.
Civil Engineering Session 3:
Ductile Bamboo Structures
Tommy Baldacci, Jonathan Chimento, John Drayton
Advisors: Mark Aschheim, Tonya Nilsson
The goal of the project is
to be able to provide a structurally stable connection from masonry wall
to bamboo structures in order to sustain earthquake loads of large
magnitude. Areas such as Southeast Asia and Haiti have had recent
Civil Engineering Session 4:
Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta Levee Remedial Design
Amanda Kimi, Brandon Powers
Advisor: Sukhmander Singh
Evaluating a section of levees in the Sacramento–San Joaquin River Delta
in order to prevent future failures. The levees will either be designed
to be retrofitted or redesigned.