Explore sustainable water solutions on
World Water Day 2019
with the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal is crystal clear: Water for all by 2030.
From the depths of the desert, Fulton Schools’ researchers are developing sustainable water solutions which can aid in this goal. From nanotechnology-driven methods for cleaning wastewater to algae-based biodegradable plastics, we are bringing sustainable solutions to the world, one engineer at a time.
Researching sustainable solutions
Students solve EPICS problems
Many of the problems faced by the Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program — which provides student teams with real-world problems to solve for those in need — relate to water availability, cleanliness, and distribution.
Mark Huerta, the CEO of 33 Buckets, a non-profit organization that creates sustainable access to clean water, got his start by taking on an EPICS project. Today, his organization provides safe water to thousands of people in three countries.
More EPICS solutions
Grey water reclamation
Students are helping the Arcosanti self-sustaining community in Arizona reclaim grey water, without black water, and make it pure enough to irrigate crops for human consumption.
Real-time alerts for urban flooding
Cooperating with Da Nang University of Technology, students aim to develop a web app that allows citizens to see real-time urban flooding information in order to stay safe during high water.
Reliable drinking water
Working with the Shonto community, where residents have to drive to a central location to obtain drinking water, students are working to develop a reliable, consistent and efficient drinking water system for all residents.
Cleaning up a neighborhood pond
Working with neighborhood and city leaders, students are developing sustainable solutions for Selleh Park in Tempe, Arizona, such as a wind-powered aerator and floating gardens to improve water quality.
Pool safety app
Students are developing software and an app to alert someone when a child falls into a swimming pool.
Helping Puerto Rico recover
Several EPICS projects aim to help hurricane-devastated Puerto Ricans return to their normal lives with the assistance of affordable transportation, sustainable water filtration and solar-powered washing machines.
Our research centers take a deeper dive
ASU and a consortium of industry, university and government partners were awarded $18.5 million to establish one of the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Engineering Research Centers to develop compact, mobile, off-grid water-treatment systems that can provide clean water to millions of people who lack it and make U.S. energy production more sustainable and cost-effective.
The National Science Foundation Water & Environmental Technology Center at Arizona State University was established to promote scientific research that will ensure the quality of water by pooling the resources of the university and industry. WET Center researchers seek to improve many aspects of water quality and public health.
Since its inception in 2010, AzCATI has been able to offer researchers access to world-class laboratory and outdoor testbeds, and works towards improving STEM education and awareness of the benefits of algae technology. The center advances algae technology platforms through innovative research, education and collaboration opportunities.
Become part of the solution
While sustainability principles can be employed in any field of engineering,
if you are looking to focus on a career in sustainability, check out our degree programs below. All undergraduate and graduate students have opportunities to engage in research, so dive in!