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The Frugal Innovation Hub connects Santa Clara University students with organizations to solve real-world problems and implement humanitarian solutions.

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  • OmwanaThrive application being deployed in Uganda
    Computer Science and Engineering, Senior Design 2019-2020
    OmwanaThrive: A Neonatal Mobile App

    Eighty-one babies within their first month of life die each day in Uganda. Developed in partnership with Rose Academies, OmwanaThrive is a mobile application for rural mothers that includes educational lessons with culturally relevant graphics and limited text, help with navigation to nearby clinics, and reminder messages about important healthcare checkup dates.*

    Students: Story DeWeese, Tiffany Lee, Samantha Sy, Emily Zhang
    College of Arts & Sciences Students: Tia Halsey, Hayley Seeno, Tatiana Valentine, Chloe Wong
    Advisors: Silvia Figueira PhD, Michele Parker PhD

    *Students could not deploy project on-site due to COVID-19.


     

  • Students and advisor installing Flomosys in San Jose, CA
    Computer Science and Engineering, Senior Design 2019-2020
    Flomosys: A Flood Monitoring System

    The goal of Flomosys 2.0 is to bring new features and functionality to Flomosys, the Flood Monitoring System of Silicon Valley. Flomosys 2.0 will implement multi-client support, dynamic frequency scaling, an overhauled web UI, and a novel low-power security algorithm.

    Students: Tai Groot
    Advisors: Behnam Dezfouli PhD


     

  • YouLearn mobile application
    Computer Science and Engineering, Senior Design 2019-2020
    YouLearn: Offline Media Streaming Application for Rural Uganda

    YouLearn is an offline media streaming application designed for rural areas that have limited access to electricity and the internet. It provides videos and other media to educate and empower impoverished communities using tools such as vocational training and public health information.

    Students: Emma Allegrucci, Jiabei Luo, Brianna McGovern
    Advisor: Silvia Figueira PhD

    *Students could not deploy project on-site due to COVID-19.


     

  • GalapaGo! application front-end appearance
    Computer Science and Engineering, Senior Design 2019-2020
    GalápaGo!

    The GalápaGo! team teamed up with the Galapagos Chamber of Tourism to develop a tourist-friendly application that encourages visitors to explore local businesses, respect sustainability efforts, and learn social customs.

    Students: Kristina Andersen, Kat Hibbert, Mariah Manzano, Catrina Nguyen
    Advisor: Silvia Figueira PhD

    *Students could not deploy project on-site due to COVID-19.


     

  • Hydroponics Garden team
    Interdisciplinary, Senior Design 2019-2020
    Hydroponics Garden in South African High School

    In partnership with LEAP School, our team has designed an adaptive hydroponics garden for use at a high school in the Limpopo province of South Africa. The garden system features two unique "grow beds" and utilizes an energy and water conscious design to produce a diverse blend of vegetables.

    Students: Alex Estrada, Andrew Feldmeth, Katya Fairchok, Andrew Jezak
    College of Arts & Sciences Students: Carson Edgerton, Claire Pavelka
    Advisors: Laura Doyle PhD, Hohyun Lee PhD, Michele Parker PhD

    *Students could not deploy project on-site due to COVID-19.


     

  • Sunny-Side Solutions team
    Mechanical Engineering, Senior Design 2019-2020
    Sunny-Side Solutions

    Sunny Side Solutions has partnered with Kenyan NGO, Sabore's Well, to design and build a solar-powered water heating system for a Maasai school shower for teachers to use on a daily basis, which will not only be relaxing, but will also encourage them to continue educating the next generation.

    Students: Adrienne Lee, Malonda McElwee, Jada Paddock, Jesus Reyes
    Advisor: Hohyun Lee PhD

    *Students could not deploy project on-site due to COVID-19.


     

  • Groundwater Irrigation Team
    Civil Engineering, Senior Design 2018-2019
    Design of a Groundwater Irrigation System for Sustainable Agriculture

    This project aims to design and build a replicable, sustainable irrigation system to help communities kickstart their agricultural economy. This system will allow villagers to grow crops such as cassava, okra, and squash during the dry season to help alleviate food insecurity while providing a source of income for farmers. See the video here.

    Students: Ciara Murphy, Ricky Matthews, Peter Koros
    Advisors: Edwin Maurer PhD, PE, Laura Doyle PhD


     

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    Bio Engineering, Senior Design 2017 - 2019
    Cervical Cancer Early Response Visual Identification System

    Our project aims to address the high rates of cervical cancer in the developing world. We are trying to develop a low-cost, minimally invasive, visual identification device that tests for bacterial changes in the vaginal microbiome as an indication of cervical cancer.

    Students: Ivy Fernandes, Evangelica Bouzos, Marina Predovic, Alyssa Miawotoe, Lea Daran, Christina Kraus, Claire Hultquist, Hallie McNamara, Julia Lanoha, Rosie McDonagh, Mason Seely, Dave Heil, Nicola Gerbino
    Advisors: Prashanth Asuri PhD, Michele Parker PhD, Craig Stephens PhD

     
  • Pedal4Purification Team
    Mechanical Engineering, Senior Design 2018-2019
    Pedal 4 Purification

    Pedal 4 Purification is a universally adaptable water purification and transportation system optimizing the centripetal pedal force of a bicycle. Partnering with Maya Pedal Guatemala, a non-profit organization focused around helping those in need to gain access to potable drinking water while promoting community involvement of women and children. See the video here.

    Students: Coleton Rodd, Matt Lograsso, Cory Yamagata, Jonathon Keyes
    Advisor: Gaetano Restivo PhD


     

Humanitarian Award Winners

This award is given by the Frugal Innovation Hub to Senior Design projects with the most social impact.

Santa Clara Community Garden Composting Device

(2021) Santa Clara Community Garden Composting Device

Students: Nicholas Buccino, Kyle Uyehara, Jay Weber
College of Arts & Sciences Students: Carson Edgerton, Claire Pavelka
Advisors: Dr. Jessica Kuczenski

In partnership with the City of Santa Clara Community Gardens, the Garden Composting Device team has designed a device that removes much of the manual labor associated with conventional composting methods and educates the community about the benefits of growing local produce.

Students: Alex Estrada, Andrew Feldmeth, Katya Fairchok, Andrew Jezak

College of Arts & Sciences Students: Carson Edgerton, Claire Pavelka

Advisors: Dr. Laura Doyle, Dr. Hohyun Lee, Dr. Michele Parker 

In partnership with LEAP School, the Hydroponics Garden team has designed an adaptive hydroponics garden for use at a high school in the Limpopo province of South Africa.

Students: Jonathan Keyes, Matthew LoGrasso, Coleton Rodd, Cory Yamagata

Advisors: Dr. Gaetano Restivo, Dr. Walter Yuen

Pedal 4 Purification is a universally adaptable water purification and transportation system optimizing the centripetal pedal force of a bicycle developed in partnership with Maya Pedal Guatemala. 

Students: Cristina Whitworth, Lauren Oliver

Advisor: Dr. Laura Doyle 

The project entailed developing an integrated farming system that includes crops, fish, and poultry that would allow grassroots women to produce food products for both consumption and sale.

Students: Nina Morrison, Samantha O’Connor, and Callie Weber

Advisors: Dr. Unyoung (Ashley) Kim and Dr. Michele Parker

This team designed a low-cost paper-based sensor to detect the presence of E. coli in human breast milk donated to breast milk banks. Their aim is to ensure post-pasteurization safety in developing countries, where traditional lab culturing methods are unavailable.

Students: Jacob Leatherberry and Nicolas Metails

Advisors: Dr. Timothy Healy and Father James Reites, S.J.

97% of the 1.3 billion people who still do not have access to electricity live in Sub-Saharan Africa. To help solve this problem, our team designed and installed a solar microgrid for 133 people living in Alafiarou, Benin, so that they may see in the dark and charge their phones.

Students: Greg O'Neill and Jonathan Tadros

Advisors: Dr. Mark Aschheim and Dr. Tonya Nilsson

This project researched Arundo donax - a type of giant, perennial cane plant - to examine its use as a viable structural building material.  Used alongside other traditional building methods, this material may offer new technologies for housing in developing countries.

Students: John Miller, Tara Pozzi, and Caroline Ruwe

Advisor: Dr. Steve Chiesa

This project includes the design of a gravity-fed water delivery and distribution system for a 12-acre farm.  The farm will be used by the Homeless Garden Project, a nonprofit organization geared toward helping the homeless in Santa Cruz, California.

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