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Help ESW-National Help You!
We at ESW-National currently have two (and a half) opportunities where we need your help - one very quickly, and one (and a half) over a longer term. 

First, we'd like you to invite you to help us plan our next year of programming withthis survey. The ESW National Team is getting ready for our summer planning retreat in Mid-July, and we'd like to get community opinions on our current projects, where we should focus our efforts for the next year, and some potential new programs that we're mulling over - things like summer design/build workshops, professional mentorships, and more. You can help us by filling out a quick survey, which should take no more than 10 minutes. If you want to do even more, share the link with your friends to help us get an even broader set of opinions. 

Second, if you'd like to get involved with ESW-National in a bigger way, we'relooking for a few more National Team members - and always looking for volunteers. Right now, we particularly need another Chapter Relations Coordinator and an Events Coordinator. You can look at the position descriptions, requirements, and apply at our new Recruitment page.

Finally, we're putting together our July newsletter. If you've done anything with ESW that you'd like a larger audience to know about, or know an exemplary ESW member or alum, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that we can feature the project or person in upcoming newsletters!










NSF Sponsored Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute on
Manufacturing Innovation through Sustainable Design


July 14 – 27, 2013


Barranquilla, Colombia


This communication announces the Student Design Exposition and Competition (Design Expo), to be held as a part of the Pan-American Advanced Studies Institute (PASI) on Manufacturing Innovation through Sustainable Design, a special workshop for junior academicians involved in research and/or teaching in topics related to the institute. 

Student Design Exposition and Competition (Design Expo)

We believe that our “organic” engagement in sustainability as engineers, scientists and educators is only possible when we transfer our concerns over sustainability to the way we practice; this requires integration of sustainability as a fundamental design criterion and/or a constraint and/or an objective function for the systems/designs we tackle. With this thought, we present a forum where all PASI participants and students from all participating universities can present their sustainability projects as posters during the PASI workshop to be held at Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia.  The posters will be judged and prizes awarded to the top posters.


Students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program during the 2012-13 academic year are eligible to participate in the Design Expo. Submissions can be made by individual students or teams of students. Graduate students and teams with graduate student participants will be judged separately from undergraduate students and undergraduate student teams. Students who are not able to secure funds and travel to present their posters can be represented by a faculty member from their university.

Key Dates

July 5, 2013         Submit project title, abstract, and team members toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the words “Design Expo Submission” in the subject line. The following should be included in the abstract.

  • ·         Course name, university and country of the entrants
  • ·         Project goals
  • ·         Techniques, approaches used in developing the solution concepts
  • ·         Results and conclusions.

July 12, 2013       Submit poster to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the words “Poster Printing Request” in the subject line. Posters not received by July 12th will be assumed to be printed by presenters.

July 25, 2013       Present poster reporting project results at the NSF PASI Design Expo.


Students will prepare a poster describing the motivation, methods, and results of a project that they completed in an area relevant to sustainability (e.g., sustainable material design, sustainable design and/or manufacturing, sustainability and market dynamics, etc.). The project must relate to at least one of the key aspects of sustainability (i.e., economic aspects, environmental aspects, and social aspects). Posters will be no larger than 3 feet in height and 4 feet in width (or A0, landscape) and use conventional scientific reporting format (appropriate sections and supporting figures and citations). We recommend that participants have their posters reviewed by their university faculty or other mentors. For some guidelines on preparing an effective poster, visit the following website:


There are three options for participation:


Option #1: Report on a recently completed project related to the Design Expo theme.


Option #2: In case you don’t have a project to report on, pursue one of the two “Recommended Topics” listed below to develop a poster.


Option #3: If you are unable to prepare a poster (either through Option #1 or Option #2), you are still welcome to participate in the PASI poster session. Review the sample posters recently prepared by some undergraduate student teams and come prepared for faculty guided discussion regarding these other posters.

Recommended Topics for Option #2:

Students who do not have current or past work to report on can select from the following recommended topics:

1) Modular Housing Structure Design for Low-Income Families of Rural Colombia

There is no place like home… Although the sentiment is the same around the world, what one can afford might change how one lives, with also potentially dire conditions for the elderly and the children. One such setting exists in the poor, rural sections of Colombia, where electricity is not accessible or not reliable; thus, heating and cooking solutions are biomass burning-based. Biomass combustion produces fumes that, when inhaled over extended periods, can result in poor health and even death.

Your design challenge is to provide a solution for a modular family housing structure that can be assembled quickly to accommodate different numbers of people in a family. Your solution must account for a solution that will help cook the family’s meal. A modular housing structure can be described as one which comes with standard wall panel and roof panel units. Your challenge is to accomplish this design using materials native to the region, as well as sustainable manufacturing and logistics practices. Assume electricity is not available or is unreliable. The structure should be safe and secure.

2) Sustainable Campus

Cities are responsible for around two thirds of the energy used, 60 percent of all water consumed, and 70 percent of all greenhouse gases (GHG) produced worldwide. In recognition of this, municipalities are looking for ways to improve their infrastructures to become more environmentally friendly, increase the quality of life for their residents, and cut costs at the same time. Industrial companies are developing solutions to increase sustainability; for example, Siemens ( focuses on innovative technology development for energy efficient buildings, water treatment facilities, transportation infrastructure, and public safety systems.

Considering your campus as a small city, research elements of the “Sustainable Cities” concept to design or redesign elements of the campus to be sustainable and how your concepts might be implemented. The campus systems you might consider include the following:

•          Sustainable housing and buildings: their (re)design and layout on the campus

•          Sustainable energy sources used within all buildings

•          Sustainable transportation both to and from the campus and within the campus

•          Sustainable food and water systems

•          Recycling, reuse, and reduction of solid waste and sustainable means of handling municipal waste

•          Innovative ways to use the campus as a “classroom” for teaching and practicing sustainable living

Sample Posters to Review for Option #3:

  • Hakuna-Matata Home Design  
  • Modular Housing Structure Design for Low-Income Families in Kenya
  • Study of Sustainability Adoption Trends in the Transportation Market  
  • Sustainability Adoption Trends Analysis  
  • Toyota: Sustainability Technology Adoption Analysis
  • Questions Regarding Design Expo: Professor Gul Kramer - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Questions Regarding Poster Printing & Design Expo Location/Directions: Professor Marco Enrique Sanjuan Mejia -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For Questions/Clarifications, Contact the Following:

More information regarding this event can be found at the PASI website:




The next WFEO conference is coming soon in September this year. Only less than four month are reaming until then.

Also this year there will be a Young Engineers Competition with prices up to 8,000 SGD. Called “Trust Us, We Are Engineers”, the competition aims to:
1. Promote engineering as course of study.
2. Raise awareness of energy sustainability and climate change issues.
3. Encourage young minds to propose innovative solutions to promote the Energy-Water-Waste nexus.

Please spread the message as far as you can. Deadline will be in two weeks.

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