Santa Clara University

Frugal Innovation Lab

Project Gallery

 

  • Energy Made In UgandaEnergy Made in Uganda

    This project is a result of the collaboration between Santa Clara University and Energy Made in Uganda, a community-based organization in Mpigi, Uganda. Four Ugandan students trained in solar manufacturing, installation, and servicing, are continuing solar trainings at local Solar Technology Centers to manufacture Solar Home Systems which are sold in Ugandan communities. This method ensures that if a solar product breaks, there is a community representative available to service it. In partnership with these four students, this senior design project is to design the electronic system that is efficient, affordable, safe, serviceable, and that meets the end users' needs.

    As of the Summer of 2013, Energy Made in Uganda - partnered with Village Energy - have begun to use 3D printers to create appropriately rugged housings for their technology solutions.

    Students

    Jaqueline Barbosa
    Kirsten Petersen

    Faculty

    Shoba Krishnan, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

  • LabonachipposterLab on a Chip

    This project combines three engineering disciplines (Bioengineering, electrical engineering, and computer engineering) to create a working solution to delivering an accurate, on-site analysis of arsenic levels in order to effectively treat arsenic-contaminated groundwater.


    Students

    Sonny Gandhi
    Zuhayr Elahi
    John Seubert
    Ben Demaree
    Jessica VanderGiessen

    Faculty

    Shoba Krishnan, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering
    Silvia Figueira, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering
    Unyoung (Ashley) Kim, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering

  • Fundacion ParaguayaDynamic Poverty Heat Map

    Our Dynamic Poverty Heat Map web application proposes to eliminate the issue of dealing with an overwhelming amount of data for Fundacion Paraguaya by visually representing the same amount of data gathered in a simpler, easier way of analyzing through the use of a heat map. Our web application helps facilitate the process of narrowing down the data to certain departments and survey questions for the means of easy analysis and comparison.


    Students

    Jonathan Ahumada
    Kurt Jurgens
    Jasmine Farias

    Faculty

    Silvia Figueira, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering

  • Electrochemical Detection of Arsenic Using a Paper-Based Microfluidic Device PosterElectrochemical Detection of Arsenic 

    Electrochemical detection of arsenic using a paper-based microfluidic device towards rapid, sensitive, and affordable water quality monitoring (bioengineering aspect of 'Lab on a Chip' project).


    Students

    Ben Demaree
    Jessica VanderGiessen

    Faculty

    Unyoung (Ashley) Kim, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering

  • Mobile Forum for EducationMobile Forum for Education 

    Many communities in the developing world do not have access to educational resources. As a result, the youth in those communities face difficult, substandard lives. The Mobile Educational Forum addresses these issues by enabling a central party to distribute educational information to the youth in emerging markets by making use of resources they already have on hand––mobile phones. People not only receive valuable information, but also are able to engage in discourse with their peers who are often geographically distant. The Educational Forum hopes to create positive social change by bringing knowledge and empowerment to youth who are destined to continue to live in poverty and inequity.


    Students

    Suzanne Lien
    Alexandria Shearer

    Faculty

    Silvia Figueira, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering

  • Quikchill PosterQuikChill

    Costly and inefficient refrigerator dispensers will be replaced by water filtration units that chill water. By utilizing low-powered thermoelectric modules, the product aims to decrease refrigerator energy consumption by 20% decreasing carbon emissions, and saving the average household about $136 dollars annually on electricity. Additionally, this product aims to integrate this system in developing nations due to its low energy consumption. Nearly 3.4 million people in the developing world die each year from water sanitation related causes. Potable water served at appropriate temperatures will enhance the quality of life and reduce the number of deaths.


    Students

    Franz Louie Chua
    Brandon Ohara
    Bernadette Tong

    Faculty

    Hohyun Lee, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

  • Emergency Power For Hospitals in Under-Developed Countries (using building-integrated wind turbine systems)Emergency Power for Hospitals in Under-Developed Countries 

    This project investigates the potential implementation of a roof-integrated wind turbine system on a hospital in Bluefields, Nicaragua. The system would be robust enough to withstand up to Category 2 hurricane winds, and most importantly be able to harvest wind energy from incoming and outgoing hurricanes to provide emergency power to the hospital. We are reconfiguring research done by a civil engineering senior design team (Class of 2012) who designed a roof-integrated wind turbine system that consisted of a wind-facing, airfoil-shaped roof geometry with wind turbines placed normal to the direction of the wind. This work proposes a new implementation for this design, specifically focusing on how to best protect wind turbines during hurricane conditions through structural modifications. Our system will also provide an alternative, sustainable source of energy to the hospital throughout the year.


    Students

    Erik McAdams
    Hugo Mailloux-Beauchemin
    Jonathan Chimento

    Faculty

    Tonya Nilsson, Full-Time Lecturer of Civil Engineering

  • MUVE IconMUVE

    ‘MUVE’-ing better jobs and education to change lives.

    A web tool to digitize books for use in rural areas. Computer engineering students designed this tool to be implemented for a social enterprise called 'iMerit' that generates new economy livelihoods in India (CEO of iMerit is Radha Basu, Director of the Frugal Innovation Lab). Considers the fact that feature phones are common, schools have outdated books, and women want and need jobs. iMerit works with employees and publishers, who then utilize MUVE to digitize relevant content. With the aim of providing a better education and enabling more jobs to be generated, MUVE is currently being deployed by a team of SCU students in rural centers in India.

    Students

    Elysia Chu
    Victoria Hall
    Maya Hough
    Urvashi Reddy

    Faculty

    Silvia Figueira, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering
    Radha R. Basu, Regis and Dianne McKenna Executive Professor of Engineering

  • salaUno-CATRA-poster-PrintsalaUno CATRA

    There are over 2 million cases of untreated cataracts in Mexico alone, with 700,000 cases of preventable blindness. salaUno, a social enterprise founded in 2010 has a mission to eliminate avoidable blindness in Mexico. With a CATRA technology developed in MIT Media Labs, the Frugal Innovation Team - in conjunction with salaUno - have created a mobile enabled solution that allows for the field screening of cataracts without the need for on-site physicians. Please see attached poster for details.

    Students

    Anthea Buchin
    Ruth Borrud
    Timothy Cheng
    Jasmin Gonzalez
    Alec Nicholas
    Layne Orr
    Sean Screws

    Advisors
    Radha R. Basu, Regis and Dianne McKenna Executive Professor of Engineering

    -- In Collaboration with MIT Media Labs and salaUno (Social Enterprise) --

  • FACEFACE (Fair-Trade Aid Calculator for Everyone)

    The FACE team worked with the Oakland based non-profit 'World of Good,' who is dedicated to using technology to improve the lives of people at the base of the pyramid. In this context, the Frugal Innovation Lab Team wanted to address the social issue in emerging markets of Piece Rate Workers - that are paid per item created, rather than per hour or day. Workers do not know how much to charge in order to ensure they are being paid above the minimum wage in their country, and buyers do not know how to pay the artisan fairly. Solution - Fair Wage Guide. Allows entry of worker information and outputs whether or not they are being paid below minimum wage in their country. FACE performs the same functions as the Fair Wage Guide, but on mobile platforms that do not require internet access. See the detailed poster below, as well as a link to the calculator once hosted by eBay.

    LINK TO WEB CALCULATOR:  http://beta.fairtradecalculator.com/

    Students

    Ryan Davidson
    Eva Jensen
    Rosalie Tolantino

    Advisors

    Silvia Figueira, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering
    Radha R. Basu, Regis and Dianne McKenna Executive Professor of Engineering

  • iconGet Me There

    An iPhone application that will allow individuals with learning disabilities to travel through their communities independently. Our primary user group currently consists of the students at the Santa Clara Adult Education Center.

    Students

    Joe Schneider
    Ken Wigginton
    Monica Camorongan

    Advisors

    Silvia Figueira, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering
    Shoba Krishnan, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

  • Seed Bank TrackingSeed Bank Tracking in Nicaragua

    Frugal Innovation’s Mobile Health Lab helped Assistant Professor Chris Bacon and his student Ian Dougherty from the Department of Environmental Studies to test a mobile tracking solution for seed banks in Nicaragua. The project aims to help seed banks collect, store, and analyze data from seed deposits and withdrawals to help combat seasonal hunger. Mobile Lab TA Ryan Davidson worked with Ian to install an OpenXData server in Nicaragua and create the electronic data collection forms to be filled in via mobile phone. This initial implementation increased the efficiency of seed banks in the area by allowing them to share pricing and quantity data. Eventually the data collected at each seed bank will be analyzed for trends, which can then be used to prevent seasonal hunger due to shortages of seed. This is an example of how the tools hosted by the Mobile Health Lab can be utilized by organizations to test, develop, and distribute functional mobile software applications.


    Students

    Ian Dougherty
    Ryan Davidson

    Advisors

    Chris Bacon, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
    Silvia Figueira, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering

  • iconNetHope and SCU Mobile Health Interoperability Research

    FIL is working with NetHope to discover how to further utilize existing technology primarily in health related fields. NetHope is an organization that is dedicated to bringing together humanitarian organizations in order to share information and practices to serve people in the developing world. This particular project explores how to analyze and develop solutions for mHealth.  Demonstration & Interoperability Lab with openXdata, DHIS 2, and OpenMRS.  Pilot with Kenya MOH.

    Students

    Arturo Posadas
    John Seubert
    Jesus Gonzalez
    Ryan Davidson

    Advisors

    Silvia Figueira, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering

  • iconMobile Platform for Vocal Pattern Analysis

    Coming Soon!

  • OmervhiProject Omoverhi

    Team Omoverhi developed a low-cost, low-maintenance, solar-powered incubator for premature infants in Nigeria.

    Students

    Collin Burdick
    Katherine Fazackerley
    Ben Frederiksen
    Nick Greos
    Katherine Mardula
    Simi Olabisi
    Matt Renner
    Maria Veronica
    Lleva Bass
    Kristen Lee

    Advisors

    Hohyun Lee, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
    Shoba Krishnan, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

  • iconeRescue

    A consumer-facing android based mobile application was developed to locate CPR-certified users within a specified region whenever they are necessary.

    Students


    Rosemary Pham
    Casey Larson
    Kristen Muramoto
    Timothy So

    Advisors

    Silvia Figueira, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering

  • iconStreetConnect

    This project began as an idea at Community Technology Alliance (CTA), a local organization which combines technical expertise, government regulation, and a non-profit understanding to build systems collaboratively with communities and service agencies to support the homeless. CTA came to SCU wanting a group of students to implement a mobile app that would help improve their lives by utilizing a fact that many homeless people have phones. Our project is a system which provides text announcements about services such as food, shelter, jobs, and health. People can register their phone numbers online and choose which services they wish to receive text updates for, and whether they should be location-specific. Then, organizations post their announcements or event information to a web portal, and these are sent to all of the registered phone numbers in the database signed up for those services. All of the registered people’s information is stored in a database and easily changed online with the use of a one-time password. This app is clean and simple, and provides a unique service for the homeless community which has never been done before.

    Students

    COEN 129 Students, Spring 2013 (Continued in 'Street Connect II' by Nicholas Fong)

    Advisors

    Silvia Figueira, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering

  • iconNicaraguan Cookstove with Thermoelectric Power Generation

    Coming Soon!

  • GhanaGhana Footbridge Project

    Every winter, in the Upper East Region of Bolgatanga, Ghana, severe rains destroy the poorly constructed infrastructure. Resulting damage prevents children from attending school, locals from attending the market, and some from getting proper medical treatment. Students in Civil Engineering have come up with design concepts that could both withstand the rain, and would use local, sustainable materials that are easily acquired.


    Students

    Kevin Leatham
    Justin Mogannam

    Advisors

    Mark Ascheim, Chair and Professor of Civil Engineering
    Sukhmander Singh, Wilmot J. Nicholson Professor and Chair of Civil Engineering

  • Maana MobileIhaveIneed

    Maana Mobile is a mobile phone service that provides financial instruments appropriate for the un-banked population in South Africa. Merchants and individuals who make up a bit part of the marketplace rely on borrowing and exchanging goods and services. These peer to peer transactions are conducted using basic paper, word-of-mouth and memory. This mobile platform improves on these everyday practices making life easier for these users. It builds a track record that can lead to new trusting relationships and opportunities. Two Stage Development: First, build a mobile application with a back-end database like MySQL. This would be a social mobile application. Second, developing on the application built in the first stage but enabling its use without internet. In this stage there would also be a feature developed that sends out text messages to peers with notifications and requests.


    Students

    Aaraadhya Narra

    Advisors

    Silvia Figuiera, Associate Professor of Computer Engineering

Frugal Innovation Lab |  Bannan Labs Building 404
500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA 95053
1-408-554-2334 | fil@scu.edu