Jade Patterson is from the Yakima Valley located in the agricultural heartland of Washington State. He is currently a junior at Washington State University, majoring in Chemical Engineering with minors in Chemistry and Mathematics. This past year Jade worked as a tutor for the College of Engineering and Architecture School at WSU. Being a tutor allowed Jade to teach many different subjects and serve as a mentor to up and coming engineers fulfilling one of his greatest passions.
Jade is currently involved in a water quality project funded by WSU’s Engineers Without Borders, in which the goal is to diagnose and treat water in a local reservoir. The team of students uses photo-spectrometry in order to identify concentrations of various chemical compounds. In addition dissolved oxygen, and pH readings are taken monthly. The long term objective is to achieve a sustainable healthy aquatic life environment. This project relates to his broader interest in contributing to positive environmental changes.
Vision My mission is to involve and integrate various students and organizations on campus to develop and promote awareness of the importance of networking in ways that will help us accomplish significant and positive changes in our communities and environment.
Ideally, learning outcomes for engineering students emphasize the importance of social, cultural, and economic contexts in determining and commercializing appropriate technology. Building upon the foundation of a new interdisciplinary capstone project design course, faculty from Washington State University are extending E-Team activity into the international sphere through a partnership between the International Research Development Office, the College of Engineering and Architecture, the College of Business and Economics, and Total Land Care of Lilongwe, Malawi. E-Teams of engineering, business, and liberal arts students will develop prototypes and commercialization plans for sustainable technologies to be implemented in Malawi. E-Teams will work under the immediate supervision of course-dedicated engineering and business faculty, but will also rely on international development professionals both in the US and in the target country.
The course will be a two-semester sequence with an enrollment of thirty-five students, first offered fall 2005. A variety of projects will be identified for the E-Teams to choose from and at least one project selected each year will be for the development of an appropriate technology product in a foreign country. Students will progress from opportunity identification through planning, analysis, and feasibility stages in the first semester, then revise the plan and create a prototype for testing during the second semester. At the end of the course, the E-Teams will have developed a prototype product and a business plan to be presented in the WSU business plan competition. The projects will be evaluated on the innovativeness of solutions and the potential for commercialization.
This E-Team is addressing the problem of agricultural water shortages in Malawi, in sub-Saharan Africa. Without irrigation, local farmers produce 200g of maize per capita, while baseline nutrition calls for 600g per person. This grant aims to further develop and refine the team's existing water pump, conceived, produced and tested between September '04 and March '06, in part with NCIIA funding. Following a visit to Malawi to test their prototype, the team optimized the design and investigated local manufacturing and distribution possibilities. They also distinguished their product from competitors by sourcing locally available parts, thereby ensuring that when pumps fail they can be repaired on-site, cheaply and quickly.
WaterCycle has developed a human-powered pumping solution to address the need for effective and inexpensive ways to irrigate crops. The team is marketing the technology through their company, Developing World Technologies.
Building on a 2006 NCIIA E-Team grant, this team is continuing to develop irrigation systems for farmers in Malawi. The team, now called WaterCycle, is developing two distinct systems: a hand-powered water pump and a bicycle-powered water pump. Both produce higher flow rates than standard treadle pumps (decreasing time spent pumping) and are easily transportable, rugged, and inexpensive. The designs are currently being tested in Malawi.