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Recognition on a National Level

We were honored with a chapter feature on the national ESW website last November. The post highlighted our work with the Rain Garden Project led by Geena Wann and Jason Salseg. Thank you ESW!!!

Click here to see the post and check out the national ESW site.

 

PROJECT: ESW Rain Barrel Diversion System phase I

Our second project is underway! We’re working on a rain barrel designed to divert water collected from the roof gutter system to a garden. The barrel will provide a year-long supply of water to the garden that otherwise would only experience a seasonal rainfall.

The Design:

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The Location: The `Iliahi building at Kapiolani Community College

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The Product:

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Breaking Ground:

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Thanks for the Spotlight from KCC’s OFIE

Check out our spotlight article from the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at KCC:

Spotlight on STEM “Building a Better World: National Engineering Organization launches Local Chapter”

By Micael Rodriguez and Jason Salseg (edited by Kendall Kido)

To many, learning to live in harmony with nature while enjoying modern innovation and technology sounds like either a pipe dream or a distant, futuristic reality.  There are some who believe this to be impossible altogether.  One new club on campus seeks to make this dream a reality.  Now.  Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW); a national organization of students, university faculty and working professionals; welcomes its newest chapter on the campus of Kapi’olani Community College.  Kapi’olani ESW joins over 50 other chapters in universities across North America.

The local Hawaii chapter, which plans to coordinate with other higher education institutions in the state, was spearheaded by student Jason Salseg with the help of Kapi’olani CC faculty members Dr. Harry Davis and Dr. Aaron Hanai.  Jason says the goal of Kapi’olani ESW is to, “engage future engineers who are still at the college and middle school and even elementary school level with hands on activities that benefit the community and have a focus on sustainability driven projects.  Starting their focus now will have a tremendous impact later in the field of engineering.”

The club had its first meeting in April and hit the ground running. Within three weeks, they designed and built their first project: a functional solar powered cart delivering a hearty 500 watts per hour.  Local companies, Solar Cool, All-Build Construction, Universal Manufactures & Re-Use Hawaii donated materials, and club members Yu Gong, Geena Wann, Will Kaeo, Bryson Racoma, Jackson Poscablo, Joe Valle, Michael Rodriguez and Jason Salseg designed and constructed the functional cart which debuted for the Earth Day event April 20th.  Club member Geena Wann said, “we are still small, we are still new, so we are by taking on these smaller projects we can work towards a bigger goal.  Hopefully in the future, we can get us to the point where we can be completely sustainable.”

Kapi’olani CC ESW is looking forward to the future.  They plan to tackle other renewable energy projects like biodiesel, hydroponics and hydrogen cell technologies.  With such lofty goals, it helps that members hail from so many different engineering majors.  Currently, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering are represented, however all disciplines are encouraged to participate and help create a sustainable present, and a sustainable future.

“You have these big topics of concern that can only be addressed by engineers.  When you see (young) students interested in taking on these incredibly large and complex issues, you know that these things can get solved.  These are the student engineers who are going to fix those problems.”

-Jason Salseg

Thank you OFIE: http://ofie.kapiolani.hawaii.edu/

Join Us!

ESW’s KCC chapter is still a new and growing club. Whether you want to become a member or just attend an event, we are always looking for helping hands or an excited volunteer. Who can participate in events or projects? ANYONE!

  • students and faculty of ALL disciplines
  • family members and friends of ALL ages
  • businesses and organizations of ALL backgrounds
  • anyone who could contribute physically, mentally, or financially is always welcome
  • “Engineers” existed long before the title so we are in no way secluded to only members of the engineering community

How to participate: 

How you can help: 

  • participate in an event
  • spread the word and share us on social media or with friends
  • donate: money, time, tools, equipment, transportation, etc.

Why students should join: 

  • to gain work and volunteer experience
  • to learn how engineering and other physical science concepts can be applied to solve problems
  • to build friendships and connections with other peers
  • to make professional connections in the engineering workforce

Why you should help:

  • to spread the education of sustainable living
  • to build a community between students, businesses, and residents of the island
  • to give students an opportunity to practice their field of education and apply it to real world situations

Fill out a Member Application here! http://goo.gl/forms/O8TVUB2dGk