P08400: Sustainable Technologies for Developing Countries


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Sustainable Technologies for Developing Countries Family

Family Overview

The Sustainable Technologies for Developing Countries family is a track that oversees the needs and provides feasible solutions of those communities in the developing world. To do this, it is needed to evaluate the different cultural, sociological, geographical and economic structures of each of the potential markets in each of these communities.

The motivation to create this family is based on the idea that RIT, as an institution of high level education with strong technological vision, should use its resources, like information, students and scientists, to build foundations and proactively assist the needs of the developing world.



Administrative Information

Faculty Support
Name Discipline Role E-mail Address
Marcos Esterman ISE Faculty Guide mxeeie@rit.edu
Rob Stevens ME Faculty Consultant rjseme@rit.edu
Andres Carrano ISE Faculty Consultant alceie@rit.edu
Brian Thorn ISE Consultant bkteie@rit.edu
Rosa Mitsumasu ISE Student Guide and Family Developer rxm2131@rit.edu
Jamie Winebrake PP Consultant jjwgpt@rit.edu
Scott Hawker SE Consultant hawker@mail.rit.edu
Paul Grebinger ANTH Consultant pfggss@rit.edu
John Ward BUS/MKT Consultant jward@cob.rit.edu

P08400 Family Projects




P08400 Family of Projects
Related Project per Subfamily Title Start Term End Term
P07401 EPA Water Disinfection 2006-2 2006-3
P07402 ISE Water Disinfection 2006-2 2006-3
P08401 Desalination - Reverse Osmosis Device 2007-2 2007-3
P09401 EPA Water Disinfection 2nd Gen 2008-1 2008-2
P09402 ISE Water Disinfection 2nd Gen 2008-2 2008-3
P010401 Desalination-distillation device 2009-1 2009-2
P010402 Water Piping 2010-1 2010-2
P07403 Garri Processing 2006-2 2006-3
P09403 Tubewell irrigation 2008-1 2008-2
P010403 Water run-off management 2009-2 2009-3
P011401 Canalization 2010-1 2010-2
P09404 Hydropower Source 2008-1 2008-2
P09405 Wind Power Device 2008-2 2008-3
P010404 Solar Panel 2008-2 2008-3
P010405 Hydropower Source 2nd Gen 2009-1 2009-2
P011402 Solar Panel 2nd Gen 2009-2 2009-3
P05301 Design and Development of an Ultra-Low Cost, Multifunction Solar Oven 2004-1 2004-2
P06303 Design optimization of a solar oven 2005-2 2005-3
P09406 Wind Solar Outdoor/Outing 2nd Gen 2008-2 2008-3
P010406 No Electricity Refrigeration Device 2009-2 2009-3
P011403 Solar Air Collector 2010-1 2010-2
P08402 Eye Prescription Filling and Measuring Device 2007-1 2007-2
P010407 Vaccine Storage No Refrigeration Device 2009-2 2009-3
Eco-system - Sub-Family
Information Systems - Sub-Family

About the region of Piura Peru

The projects, as of 20071 will focus of the costal community of Piura Peru. This will allow for the sharing of information within the various teams as well as a connecting point for the implementation of the projects. Inside the link, information about the region can be found.

Team Documents

Research to determine the projects were found using the EPA P3 site and the United Nations Millennium Goals. Each of the families and sub families were designed to correspond to a particular goal from one of these sites.

The following files are arranged in accordance with the M.E.R.I.T. (Multidisciplinary Engineering Design Program at RIT) design process.

* Planning - The family mission statement, staffing requirements, intellectual property considerations, preliminary work breakdown structure, team values and norms, and required resources

* Family Development - Different ideas and methods are pitched among team members to achieve project goals and meet customer needs and engineering specifications.

* Family Roadmap- The family roadmap can be used as a guide to continue development of sustainable design projects for developing countries.


Family Mission Statement

Family Skills Needed

Intellectual Property Considerations

Common Tasks Required of Family

Team Values and Norms

Generic Types of Resources Needed by Family

Family Development

Common Family Needs

Common Family Deliverables

Family Roadmap

Two links are being provided in this section.

The first link shows the family roadmap for the Sustainable Technologies for Developing Countries Family. The roadmap was developed using a target market and evaluating the problems related within each other and the possible solutions that the RIT students create. Open this link using Microsoft Word.

STDC Family roadmap

The second link states the cronological order of the Design for Project Management, Senior Design I and Senior Design II sections per project and subfamily for the following years. Make sure you open this link using Microsoft Excel. You can pick the program from the list, just go to the C drive, Program files, Microsoft Office and then pick Excel.

STDC Family track

It is important to state that there are some factors in the STDC family that differ from the other families in the Multidiscilplinary Senior Design course.

Each subfamily has a different degree of complexity and it is important to state that these important factors will be considered for the completion and success of the final product. The level of elaboration of the mentioned factors will vary per project and subfamily.

The factors mentioned are the following:

The bases of the device implementation are built in the interaction with the client, which in some cases can be very difficult, depending on the communication means and the determination of the client and project manager. In this initial part of the project, the participation, communication skills, and resourcefulness of the project manager is critical, since it depends on him/her that the market is found and proper networking is settled. Other team members can also be very helpful in this initial part of the project, any student that has knowledge of any problems in the developing world and that knows a specific target market and customer will do.

The concept development of the product will rely on the cultural and geographical context of the market and in the interaction with the customer for an accurate understanding of the customer needs and future target specifications. Another important factor in the time required to develop the product concept is the complexity of the device. Redesigning an existing device might take less time than creating an entirely new one.

The final implementation of the product will also rely on the team to set the specific date and time, training, transportation/shipping means of the device. Future follow up on the devices is expected from the team.