Hendrik van Hemmen Small Project Grant Recipients

Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) is proud to announce awardees for the 2014 Hendrik van Hemmen Small Projects Grants. Four chapters were awarded $500 each to pursue projects designed by the chapters for implementation in their communities. Each will use the grant over the 2014-2015 academic year to further the prototyping and construction of their design. This is the first year that ESW has been able to offer the awards, and they were made possible by the generosity of Hendrik van Hemmen, an ESW professional member.

The four chapters and their projects are:

  • Pennsylvania State University’s Apparatus X. Apparatus X is a self-contained living unit and design studio for mobile deployment in disaster relief areas. Apparatus X will be deployed in New Orleans, LA, as a focal point for community-informed design of new construction in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.
  • Purdue University’s Solar Smoothie Cart. Purdue’s solar smoothie cart is a student designed and built mobile unit for providing smoothies and other treats to the campus community using an entirely solar powered infrastructure. The cart will raise awareness of renewable energy on campus and provide an activity and revenue source for the chapter.
  • Georgia Tech’s India Waste Collection System. Working with communities and NGO’s in India, Georgia Tech has identified a solution for vertical stack composting of urban waste to be deployed in these areas. The grant will support Georgia Tech piloting their system at a university Greek house.
  • The Boston Professional Chapter’s Fenway Victory Garden plot. This garden will provide the focal point for the young chapter’s activities, increase awareness of organic, local food production, and provide a source of revenue for the chapter. The grant will help provide seed money for garden supplies.

To find out how to support, mentor, or get involved with these and other projects in the future, contact Rob Best, Projects and Education Director, at rbest@eswusa.org.