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Student design draws EPA funding

Monday, October 20, 2014

Grant will support water monitor device in hotels

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

The program features 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. TU received the competition’s first phase grant of $15,000 to develop its idea and 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