Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
The University of Toronto's Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering is Canada's premier engineering school and among the world's best. Our diverse community includes more than 5,500 undergraduates, 2,200 graduate students, 249 academic staff and almost 50,000 alumni.
Thanks to donor contributions, I was able to participate in an amazing engineering capstone project in Nicaragua.
My team was selected to provide clean drinking water to El Triunfo, a small village. Our design was focused on affordability, local materials and labour. Knowing that donors were providing financial support, we felt encouraged and confident in our abilities—and determined to be successful.
The design leveraged a locally producible kiln optimized to sustain high temperatures, enabling a crucial structural change in the clay called Quartz Inversion. The final product is a 200-mm-diameter clay disk that is 6:1 clay-dirt to rice husks—our locally sourced organic material of choice. Disks are then siliconed into the bottoms of buckets allowing water to filter via gravity. Up to 99 per cent of all bacteria is removed.
Now that the filters are being used, water quality is dramatically improved. Working on this project was the highlight of my engineering education at U of T. I hope more students will be able to have unique learning experiences like this. Thank you for your support.