Portfolio of Past Projects

Bike-Powered Smoothies

Fall 2014
Team: Eleanor Adachi ’17, Cindy Li ’17, Colgan Powell ’17


(L-R) Eleanor Adachi ’17, Sarah Netsky ’17, Maya Kutz ’14 selling smoothies at Fall Fest 2014

The end product of this project is a bicycle mechanically connected to a blender. ESW worked collaboratively with the Center for Design and Fabrication to build a bike-powered smoothie maker that could easily transported. ESW will be using this blender to promote awareness of our org on campus, fundraise, and feed people delicious smoothies!


2014-02-19 22.22.48Spring 2014
Project Manager: Alex Julius ’14
Team: Eleanor Adachi ’17, Ashley Chu ’15, Wiame El Bouhali ’14, Natalie Gill ’14, Alex Julius ’14, Molly Kover ’17, Cindy Li ’17, Eliana Perlmutter ’16, Maria Xu ’17, Amelia Yeoh Jia Min ’17

ESW worked to design and fabricate a stage for tinydance, a project operated by Kelly Silliman (Dance MFA ’13). The tinydance project encompassed a variety of dance works made for small, sustainable spaces. The current stage is a 4’x8′ platform that folds in thirds and has wheels so it can be pulled by a bike to performance venues.  It can be set up entirely with hand tools in under fifteen minutes. ESW’s role in the project included building a lighter, more bikeable stage. ESW also collaborated with Celebrations and the Smiffenpoofs to facilitate panel discussions and events, which included a performance on the stage we construct during Earth Week at Smith.

Campus School Rainwater

Collection Design

Fall 2013
Project Manager: Maya Kutz ’15
Over the summer, CEEDS has constructed fourteen raised beds for the Campus School, one for each class. ESW students are developing several design options to collect and store stormwater runoff from the roof of Morgan Hall. The project will include a water balance, calculation of storage, conveyance/delivery of water, a water quality test, and research into the effects of runoff from a slate roof. The current focus of the project is testing water off the asphalt roof of Morgan Hall to ensure it is safe for growing edible garden plants.

If you’re interested in getting involved or learning more, email Maya at mkutz@smith.edu.

Campus School

Mentoring/Education Program

Fall 2013
Project Manager: Brittany Bennett ’15

Many elementary school teachers are looking to incorporate sustainability and engineering into their lesson plans. The Campus School wants to develop a long term relationship with ESW students to engage students in engineering and answer the golden question: “What is engineering?”. One or two students will be paired with a teacher to one of the following:

  1. Work with the teacher to develop a lesson plan and lead the kids through an activity. Example: Doing the marshmallow challenge, building wind turbines and measuring voltage, analyzing bridges and making things structurally sound.

  2. Act as an “engineering consultant” to kids and teacher and introduce them to the engineering problem solving methods. For example, the first graders want to explore the question “how do you attract a wide variety of birds?” to their bird feeders. A student would help them design a better bird feeder by using the engineering problem solving method.

MacLeish Irrigation System

Fall 2012 
Project Manager: Alex Julius ’14
Team: Linnette Figueroa ’15, Malia Charter ’15, Brittany Bennett ’15
Engineers of a Sustainable World is collaborating with Smith’s Center for Ecological and Environmental Design (CEEDs) to design and fabricate a solar irrigation system for an apple orchard being planted in the MacLeish Field Station. Professor McKahn’s PV Cells’ class will be designing the PV cell and ESW will be focusing on the hydraulic aspects of the irrigation system.

Cargo Cycle

Fall 2011 – Spring 2012
Project Manager: Peace Young
Smith College Catering Services sought out ESW to design and construct a more sustainable method of transporting food and materials for campus teas. The Cargo Cycle project focuses on the design and fabrication of a human powered delivery vehicle.  There are three main parts to its construction:  the chassis, fabricated off campus;  the cargo section, which houses the cargo that is being delivered; and the  parts needed for the tricycle to function (i.e. wheels, breaks, stirring wheels etc).cc final


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