Student group awarded EPA funding - Engineering & Natural Sciences

Student group awarded EPA funding

A group of seven students and three faculty members from TU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the Russell School of Chemical Engineering and the Collins College of Business have won federal funding through the Environmental Protection Agency’s People, Prosperity and the Planet grant competition.

shower waterThe program supports environmental solutions designed by students that move the United States toward a sustainable future. Wellspring Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering Tyler Johannes serves as principal investigator of TU’s project. The Tulsa team received the EPA competition’s first phase grant of $15,000 to develop its design concept. TU is now eligible to compete for $75,000 worth of Phase II funding when the design appears at the National Sustainable Design Expo in April 2015 in Washington, D.C.

The objective of TU’s sustainability project is to develop a wireless device for monitoring water usage in hotel showers. The monitor will fit most new and existing hotel shower fixtures and wirelessly transmit hotel guest water usage data to a central hotel accounting system. Guests will have the ability to review their daily water usage online or with a smartphone application.

Tyler Johannes