Frugal Innovation Hub

Projects

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

Check out recent projects below!

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    Civil Engineering, Senior Design 2017-2018

    Climate Smart Farming

    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: Cristina Whitworth, Lauren Oliver
    Advisors: Laura Doyle PhD

     
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    Civil Engineering, Senior Design 2017-2018

    Rain Water Capture and Purification System

    A rainwater capture and purification system for a rural village located in the Buturi region of Tanzania. The project includes designs for gutters, a ferroconcrete storage tank, and a slow sand filter. The design team addressed the needs of the villagers by working with the nonprofit organization, The Buturi Project. 

    Students: Matthew Sasaki, Audrey Gozali, Nathan Miyashiro 
    Advisors: Ed Maurer PhD PE, Laura Doyle PhD

     
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    Mechanical Engineering, Senior Design 2017-2018

    Frugal Clay Press

    A human-powered device that allows clay brick makers in Ciudad Dario, Nicaragua to more densely compact and rapidly produce bricks. The design is composed of sustainable and locally accessible materials that make the clay press especially appropriate for implementation in rural communities. 

    Students: Kevin Ellis, Milan Copic, Isaac Marcia, Rafael Guerrero 
    Advisors: Tim Hight PhD PE

     
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    Bio Engineering, Senior Design 2017 - 2018

    Cervical Cancer Early Response Visual Identification System

    CERVIS is a cervical cancer diagnostic developed for use in low resource settings. The device screens for biomarkers in urine and provides a simple colorimetric readout to help diagnose cervical cancer and distinguish it from the human papillomavirus infection.

    Students: Ivy Fernandes, Evangelica Bouzos, Marina Predovic, Alyssa Miawotoe, Lea Daran, Christina Kraus 
    Advisors: Prashanth Asuri PhD, Michele Parker PhD

     
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    Computer Engineering, Senior Design 2017-2018

    Menstruation Education for Rural Africa

    An Android application aimed at teaching young Kenyan women about women's health, specifically menstruation. The intention is to eradicate the stigma associated with menstruation as well as to provide women with resources so they can be better equipped to handle the challenges of menstruation. 

    Students: Kelsey Pasco, Sarah Pagnani, Sarek Sotelo Jimenez, Brandon Smith, Arbelina Bebla, Elizabeth Smith, Mira Diwan
    Advisors: Silvia Figueria PhD, Michele Parker PhD

     

Humanitarian Award Winners

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

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: Unyoung (Ashley) Kim and 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

Advisor: Dr. Timothy Healy and James Reites

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. Steven 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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