CGEN offers multidisciplinary capstone design courses to fourth year students across the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. In this full academic year course, 4-5 students are paired with a company, NGO or aid organisation to work on real-world global development problems, and receive guidance from a faculty member. Students are expected to conduct engineering analysis and design, while considering interdisciplinary elements such as environmental, health, safety, social, economic and other factors. The students are responsible for applying their knowledge to meet their client’s specific needs.
Current Capstone Projects - In the 2018/2019 academic year, CGEN oversees capstone projects in several countries, including Cambodia, India, the Philippines, India and Guatemala, and one in Canada’s north. The teams of fourth-year students come from all engineering disciplines. Following are descriptions of some of the current projects CGEN is involved with. Designing a Solar Dehydrator for Cricket Consumption... Read more »
Drip Irrigation Systems for Nicaraguan Farmers - Farmers in Tipitapa, Nicaragua, face arid farming conditions during the annual extended dry season due to the lack of reliable water supplies and irrigation technologies to sufficiently water crops. With limited well-water supply, the residents can only produce for sustenance. Smallholder farmers typically use flood-irrigation to water their fields since affordable irrigation technologies are limited.... Read more »
Optimization of a Wind Powered Water Pump - Pedro Arauz is a low-income agricultural community in Nicaragua characterised by high winds and a long dry season. Winds of Change is a Toronto-based foundation that partnered with CGEN, the local NGO Seeds of Learning, and the community to automate the pumping of water from the local well for irrigation by harnessing wind energy to... Read more »
Powering a Digital Learning Lab with Off-Grid Solar Technology in Kenya - Electricity access in Kenya is low despite the government’s ambitious target to increase electricity connectivity from the current 15% to at least 65% by the year 2022. Of Kenya’s population of 48,461,567 (as of 2016), 74% live in rural areas and 36% have access to electricity. A rural primary school located in Kirindon, Kenya hopes... Read more »
Water Filtration in Rural Nicaragua - Approximately 60% of households in the rural village of El Triumfo, Nicaruaga, have their own personal wells, but the water is not clean enough for drinking. Thus villagers resort to travelling long distances to a World Vision certified community well. Furthermore, families are forced to either boil or purchase purified water for their newborns to... Read more »
Advancing Height Measurement Methods for Malnourishment Detection in Children - World Vision, a Christian relief, development, and advocacy organization, were in need of a method of measuring weight and height of children in developing communities in order to asses malnutrition. The capstone team was given the goal to design a system or tool capable of measuring the height of a child up to five years... Read more »