Eden Full, 2013, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

The purpose of my internship was to gain an understanding of how appropriate technologies can be used to improve quality of life, particularly in global health. I spent eight weeks conducting lab research at Princeton on a ceramic water filter, in addition to analyzing the strength of bamboo materials. I gained an understanding of how the water filters were made, their history, and how hydroxyapatite (HA) can remove fluoride. I conducted flow rate testing and other activities to prepare me for field application of the filters in Kenya. I spent three weeks in Kenya continuing the ceramic water filtration research, while installing two solar charging stations in the villages there. I visited a ceramic filter factory in Limuru, while running daily performance tests on three types of filters.