ESW-CIT – Engineers for a Sustainable World
California Institute of Technology Chapter
ESW-CIT brings together those with interests in sustainable development, scientific problem-solving and social entrepreneurship. Our parent organization is ESW National. The objectives of ESW-CIT are to:
- Coordinate research and learning opportunities, including new Caltech coursework, in sustainable and socially responsible development.
- Organize forums and workshops on working in surrounding communities. Provide opportunities for students to participate in engineering development and community service projects both in the USA and abroad.
- Organize seminars to raise awareness of sustainable development issues and the critical role of engineers and scientists to engage in environmentally and socially responsible endeavors.
We meet in 004 Thomas every Sunday afternoon. Join our mailing list to receive specific times.
In 2011, Caltech ESW partnered with Verengo Solar and SunTech to build a portable solar car. The cart will be used to demonstrate the uses of solar energy and educate people on how solar panels work. We work on the projects every weekend in the ESW lab in 004 Thomas.
Make a Difference Day
Every year, we organize an event for Caltech Y's Make a Difference Day. In 2011, we organized a "beach clean up" trip to Huntington beach. In 2010, we volunteered out at the Environmentally Chartered High School.
[2010 Make a difference day at Environmentally Chartered High School]
In 2010, we formed a team with Southern California Institute of Architecture to participate in the Solar Decathlon 2011 competition. In 2012, our proposal was accepted, and the Caltch/SCI-Arc is once again one of 20 teams to compete in the Solar Decathlon 2013 competition. The Solar Decathlon joins 20 college and university teams in a competition to design, build, and operate the most attractive and energy-efficient solar-powered house.
In September 2011, the Caltech/SCI-Arc team displayed their solar house alongside those of 18 other teams from around the world. After a week-long competition, we received 6th place overall! This includes receiving 2nd place for the Engineering Competition, 2nd for Home Entertainment, and 1st for Energy Balance. For further information, please visit SCI-ARC/Caltech team website http://solardecathlon.caltech.edu.
[The conceptual model, named CH:IP/Compact House: Increasing Possibility, combines a minimal footprint with solar technology for a house that could fit into various urban locations]
We organized a outreach program at the John Muir High School, and visited the school once a week on Thurs for the Solar Cup competition. Solar Cup is a seven-month program that begins in the fall, in which high school teams totaling about 800 students build and race solar-powered boats at Lake Skinner, in Temecula Valley, learning about conservation of natural resources, electrical and mechanical engineering, problem solving and much more. For further information, please visit the Solar Cup website .
[2010 solar boat making at John Muir High School]
[Richard Nelson was talking about biodiesel quality as well as resource assessment on the 2009 Sustainable Speaker Series]