P17415: Human Powered Centrifuge


Project Summary Project Information

The Rochester-based organization Haiti Outreach: Pwoje Espwa (H.O.P.E.) coordinates mobile clinics in remote areas of Haiti that provide residents with laboratory services. The isolation and lack of electricity greatly hinders the mobile clinic's ability to conduct laboratory tests, particularly through centrifugation. The medical centrifuge is a device that uses centripetal force to separate heterogeneous solutions. A working model produced by RIT students in 2015 satisfies most of the lab requirements but does not satisfy the hematocrit protocol.

The purpose of this project is to find solutions for last year's centrifuge design flaws and to create a new design that is able to satisfy the hematocrit protocols. The new design will improve issues concerning the centrifuge weight, aerodynamics and ergonomic concerns. The result will be an easy-to-use and lightweight centrifuge that will be able to effectively assist the H.O.P.E mobile clinics and the citizens of Haiti.

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Project Name
Human Powered Centrifuge
Project Number
Project Family
H.O.P.E for Haiti
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Chris Leibfried
Primary Customer
Sarah Brownell
Sponsor (financial support)

Team Members

Yuan Wang, Cole Williams, Ashlynn Palmitesso, Kenneth Mohrman, Raven-Tiffany Benfield

Yuan Wang, Cole Williams, Ashlynn Palmitesso, Kenneth Mohrman, Raven-Tiffany Benfield

Member Role Contact
Kenneth Mohrman Lead Drafter kxm8778@rit.edu
Ashlynn Palmitesso Communications Lead/SME amp3521@rit.edu
Raven Benfield Project Manager rjb9668@rit.edu
Cole Williams Lead Engineer ckw2413@rit.edu
Yuan Wang Lead Systems Engineer yxw6332@rit.edu

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Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test with Customer Demo

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation