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Environment and Sustainability

  

Duck curves & flywheels: Solving the energy crisis with mechanical energy storage Curren Taber, Gary Zeri, Jackson Goldberg, Thomas Hernandez, Zachery Baker

May 11, 2020 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

For society to transition to a fully renewable power grid without dependence on slowly dwindling fossil fuel energy sources, a means of renewable energy storage is required. Renewable energy production fluctuates pertinent to the time of day, such as in the case of solar power, where large amounts of solar power are generated during the

Educating Chapman University about Air Quality Caitlin Felts, Ariel Gutierrez, Lena Khalidi, Saniya Syed

May 11, 2020 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

The goal of our project is to bring awareness and educate the general population about indoor air quality and the harmful effects that high particulate matter concentrations can have on us. We believe it is important to learn about indoor air quality because there is statistical evidence that shows indoor air quality can be worse

Water Filtration Using Biofilms Sereena Gee, Calista Lat, Krista Ruggieri, Joan Karstrom

May 11, 2020 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

Access to clean water in poverty-stricken communities poses a significant and expensive challenge globally. The effects of consuming unfiltered water are detrimental to health and physical well-being, as it may lead to waterborne and foodborne illnesses. Our solution, a slow-sand water filtration system, entails the use of inexpensive and abundant natural resources that are proven

Early Wildfire Detection Using a Raspberry Pi Smoke Sensor Toby Chappell, Kelly Ly, Paola Portillo, Jon Le, Kady Lazarte

May 11, 2020 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

To help mitigate the impacts of wildfires, we are creating a smoke detector sensor that has a stable power source, able to transmit a message through Raspberry Pi, and capable of detecting a wildfire when it occurs. We hope by developing this smoke detection system, we can help notify the authorities at a quicker rate

Plastics: The Good, the Bad, and the Alternatives Gilana Pikover, Emma Licko, Eva Stanton, Corwin Rybchinskiy, Lauren Burokas

May 11, 2020 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

With plastic pollution on the rise, the environment has seen a huge negative impact. While biodegradable alternatives have been around, are they really the most efficient alternative? Biodegradables often don’t degrade well and still cause a negative environmental impact. Looking specifically at straws, there are a few disposable alternatives to plastic, but which are the

Scaled-Down Centralized Autonomy Arshia Behzad, Zubair Lakhia, Tracie Okumura, Brinly Xavier, Stephen White

May 11, 2020 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

Eliminating drunk, drugged, and distracted driving is a serious challenge that the world has yet to solve. We thought it best to approach this challenge from a technological direction. We built a self-driving car that receives a camera feed, reroutes it to a stronger server, and sends instructions back to the car. This method of

Combating Ocean Acidification via Chemical Manipulation and Photosynthetic Aquatic Plants Ali Mahmoud, Cindy Rivas, Sarah Yang, Joely Fontana, Alexa Wilson

May 11, 2020 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

Ocean acidification is currently a major issue because of the damages it causes on the ocean’s ecosystem beginning with coral bleaching. In some past research, aquatic plants have demonstrated the ability to increase pH of surrounding water through carbon fixation and photosynthesis. With these ideas in mind, a series of tank experiments were created for

Using Permeable Concrete as a Solution for Urban Runoff and Flooding Peter Serour, Karchi Ertl, Fabian Valdez, Ahmad Alrusayes, Nyssa Arai, Desmond Talia

May 11, 2020 by Grand Challenges Initiative | Student presentations

Our goal is to create the most viable and cost-efficient permeable concrete. We want to make permeable concrete an alternative to combatting flash floods and other natural disasters. Using scientific journals, we have studied other scientists’ research of permeable concrete and applied it to our experiment. Permeable Concrete for Urban Runoff

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