Wireless Water Monitoring System and Portable Analysis Platform Product Development Progress in Academia
2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition Proceedings
Grace Tsai graduated with bachelor degrees in Psychology and Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego in 2011. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Anthropology, Nautical Archaeology Program at Texas A&M University. She served as an industry advisor and stakeholder in the capstone team, Submersible Exploration Aquatic Labs (SEAL), given her nautical archaeology background, and guided the team by explaining archaeologists' needs in the field, desirable ROV
... , desirable ROV specifications, and current technology used during field work. She has also led students as a business mentor for water monitoring systems, and guided and tracked students' progress collecting customer interviews through the NSF I-Site program. Her personal research focuses on understanding post-medieval seafaring life through analysis of diet and physical labor on sailors' health. Her most recent field work includes the Gnaliç Project, an excavation of a sixteenth-century Venetian galley that sank off the coast of Croatia, the Burgaz Harbor Project, an excavation of Hellenistic harbors in Turkey, and the Shelburne Steamboat Project, an excavation of a steamboat graveyard in Vermont. She has also helped catalogue lead fishnet weights from Uluburun, a late Bronze Age shipwreck, in Turkey. In her free time, she works as the co-founder and CDO of Bezoar Laboratories LLC, a R&D company focusing on probiotic supplements. Abstract Clean water is important for public health and people have become more vigilant of monitoring potentially contaminated drinking water. In this project, students were advised to seek a solution to detect contaminated water by conducting market research on the industry and the public's needs, then based on these results, to engineer the device. After extensive customer discovery through the Texas A&M University National Science Foundation Innovation Site Program (NSF I-Site) that focuses on technology commercialization, students found that water quality is especially important to the everyday health-conscious consumer and to people working in the brewing industry. However, the value propositions of clean water differed greatly between these two promising customer segments which caused the project to pivot to focus on the brewing industry. The resulting device prototype was created with the market needs in mind as an affordable reusable device with real-time chemical analysis capabilities. This paper focuses on the educational progress and best practices students learned on engineering practical solutions to meet people's needs. It then introduces the resulting water monitoring system and its variant wireless portable analysis platform that is in development, the latter which was created as a response to the needs identified from market research.