The EPA P3 Program: An Opportunity for Growing Student Entrepreneurs
2015 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition Proceedings
Dr. Compere is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering. His background is in dynamic system modeling and simulation, nonlinear control, hardware-in-the-loop, hybrid-electric vehicles, and solar powered water purification. He teaches Instrumentation, Vehicle Dynamics, Hybrid-electric Vehicles, and Senior Design. He recently co-founded a small business called AquaSolve Ventures selling large and small solar powered water purifiers. He is involved in Project Haiti which is a student
... nt to design the 6th solar water purifier for installation in Haiti this summer. His current research is focused on reducing diesel emissions, improving solar panel effectiveness with phase change materials, and helping to define the water-energy-climate nexus. Abstract -In this paper we will share our experiences of fostering entrepreneurial spirit through projects funded by EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) P3 (People, Prosperity, and the Planet) Program which hosts the P3 collegiate competition for designing solutions for a sustainable future. Since 2012, we have integrated the P3 competition with the capstone design course of Clean Energy Systems track in mechanical engineering as an effective educational vehicle for introducing the concept of sustainable design. Since the competition focuses on designs which have values of real world application, it is also a great opportunity to create entrepreneurial spirit. We have successfully turned a design from a capstone design prototype to a commercial product through the EPA P3 awards. Similar successful stories have been heard within this program. We will share our story in this paper with an attempt to encourage educators who are working on technologies with commercial viability to take advantage of this unique opportunity to grow more student entrepreneurs.