Energy and the Environment: Design and Innovation (2015-2016)

To explore the breadth of issues that confront our society in its need for clean, affordable and reliable energy, members of this project team worked in small groups to identify, design and prototype new energy technologies, systems or approaches. Groups addressed the trade-offs among technological design choices, environmental impacts, economic viability and other issues related to use, and developed sustainable business plans to accompany their products.

Projects include a human-powered water purification system and an urban electric vehicle, which were design projects with prototypes, and facilitating advanced materials for energy, which was a report-oriented project with resulting recommendations.

Following a semester of research and discussion, one group designed and constructed a hyper-efficient electric vehicle; a second group created a human-powered bicycle pump that feeds a slow sand filter to be used around urban water systems in order to improve water quality in Baltimore’s polluted Inner Harbor; and a third group assessed technological advances in all facets of the hydrogen economy as well as economic, political, safety and public perception factors in order to produce strategy recommendations on hydrogen production.

Timing

Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

Team Outcomes

Bass Connections in Energy: Duke Electric Vehicle Team (poster by Kate Abendroth, Max Feidelson, Charlie Kritzmacher, Henry Miller, Abraham Ng’Hwani, Anny Ning, Evan Savell)

Harbor Clean Up: How Can We Build a Human-powered Device to Clean Baltimore Harbor? (poster by Kirsten Lew, Gi Jung Lee, Cheng Ma, Megan McGufficke, Daniela Radvak, Liam Regan, Molly Rosenstein)

Strategy Recommendation for Encouraging Hydrogen Economy (poster by Collin Allen, Daniel Ketyer, Alex Klonick, Josh Lariscy)

This Team in the News

Meet the Members of the Bass Connections Student Advisory Council

Faculty Perspectives: Emily M. Klein

Interdisciplinary Teams Take a Hands-on Approach to Energy Innovations

Collin Allen, Environmental Sciences ’16

See related teams, Energy and the Environment: Design and Innovation (2014-2015) and Energy and the Environment: Design and Innovation (2016-2017).

Themes

Faculty/Staff Team Members

Emily Klein, Nicholas School - Earth & Ocean Sciences*
Josiah Knight, Pratt School - Mechanical Engineering & Material Sciences*

Graduate Team Members

Christopher DougherBusiness Administration-MBA
Alexander KlonickMaster of Environmental Management, Energy and Environment
Liam ReganMaster of Environmental Management, Energy and Environment

Undergraduate Team Members

Kathryn Abendroth, Environmental Sci/Policy (AB)
Collin Allen, Environmental Sciences (BS)
Zhaochu Chen, Economics (AB)
Maximilian Feidelson, Public Policy Studies (AB)
Daniel Ketyer, Public Policy Studies (AB)
Talha Bin Javed Khan, Computer Science (AB)
Charles Kritzmacher, Mechanical Engineering (BSE)
Joshua Lariscy, Public Policy Studies (AB)
Gi Jung Lee, Mechanical Engineering (BSE)
Kirsten Lew, Environmental Sci/Policy (AB)
Cheng Ma, Mechanical Engineering (BSE)
Megan McGufficke, Int Comparative Studies (AB)
Henry Miller
Abraham Ng'Hwani, Mechanical Engineering (BSE)
Anny Ning
Daniela Radvak
Molly Rosenstein, Earth & Ocean Sciences (AB)
Evan Savell, Public Policy Studies (AB)

* denotes team leader

Status

Completed, Archived