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Our Projects

Our Projects

View the links below to learn more about each of our current projects:

Water

Approximately 90 million people in Africa lack access to safe drinking water, despite having water infrastructure installed in their community. The Better Pumps team of the Collaboratory provides engineering support for partners working to sustain reliable water infrastructure for everyone. The team tests improvements to the Afridev and India Mark II hand pumps, two of the most common pumps installed.   

Project Manager: David Vader                                       Student Project Manager: Emma Workman 

Email: dvader@messiah.edu

Collab Biomedical

The Cunningham Clubfoot Brace team is working to adapt a novel clubfoot brace to reduce production costs through locally sustainable designs and 3D printing. The Cunningham brace utilizes a unilateral helix, which offers a more comfortable, dynamic alternative to the standard clubfoot brace treatment known as “boots and bar.” The team is partnering with HopeWalks, CURE International and Jerald Cunningham, to use biomedical engineering principles to validate the efficacy of the brace.

Project Manager: Tim Howell                         Student Project Manager: Leigha Southall

Email: thowell@messiah.edu

Collab Biomedical

The Diagnostics for Viral Diseases Project is partnered with Dr. Phil Thuma at the Macha Research Trust located in Macha, Zambia in order to create a novel diagnostic method for HIV. This method is being designed specifically for the clinicians in the hospital to have a sustainable, low-cost diagnostic tool that provides information on whether or not to change antiretroviral treatments for patients with HIV.

Project Manager: Emily Farrar           Student Project Manager: Jeff Gao

Email: efarrar@messiah.edu

Partnering with the Brethren in Christ Church in Zambia, the Egg Incubator team is seeking to serve the church by helping increase food security and provide a sustainable supplemental income source. The Nahumba Mission in Choma, Zambia has about 150 chickens that produce a steady supply of fertilized eggs, but few incubators are available. The goal is to design a high-quality, low-cost device that local pastors can use to hatch chicks to sell.

Project Manager: Philip Tan                                  Student Project Manager: Claudia Tolley

Email: ptan@messiah.edu

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The Energy Monitoring and Management System team provides meters for monitoring energy use, particularly for people with limited supplies of energy. These meters can limit power use to prevent outages while educating users about their energy use habits with the ultimate goal of making electrical power more available to energy impoverished regions of the world. This team is partnering with Open Door Development, Theological College of Zimbabwe and IEEE Smart Villagewww.messiah.edu/emms

Project Manager: Tom Austin                  Student Project Manager: Zach Holsinger

Email: tom@austinlight.com

Collab

Missionary aviation pilots often have to land their planes on remote airstrips that might be unsafe due to runway obstructions such as encroaching vegetation. The Falcon Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) team is partnering with ITEC to develop an imaging system using a UAV to scan these airstrips to detect these obstructions. ITEC was founded by Steve Saint, the son of martyred missionary Nate Saint, to develop technologies to aid missionaries in their work.

Project Manager: Dereck Plante                    Student Project Manager: Geoff McClary

Email: dplante@messiah.edu

Collab Communications Technology

The Fluency Assistive Device project is supporting and improving an electronic device that greatly aids a person with a fluency disorder by masking the user's own auditory feedback. This team is supporting local technician, David Germeyer.

Project Manager: Harold Underwood                  Student Project Manager: Michael Jenkins

Email: hunderw@messiah.edu

Water

This project partners with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and the local Catholic diocese in Sipacapa, Guatemala to design a gravity fed water distribution system that will serve the village to provide safe, potable water. The implementation of this system will aid in improving the health and livelihood of the community as well as empower the people toward social and economic growth.

Project Manager: Thomas Soerens                          Student Project Manager: Sarah Aldrich

Email: tsoerens@messiah.edu

This team is working with HALO Trust to design a product that will be used by Halo workers in the field to neutralize landmines, IEDs, and other unexploded ordnances (UXO). The goal is to provide a more reliable and stable method of neutralization for workers and to restore livelihoods for communities affected by war.

Project Manager: Don Pratt                           Student Project Manager: Josiah Stitt

Email: dpratt@messiah.edu

Water

The Intelligent Water Project will improve access to clean water in rural African communities through a partnership with World VisionSIM and AlignedWorks by increasing hand pump performance and reliability, while also reducing the resources needed for repair. This is achieved through a remote monitoring system installed on the community hand pump which utilizes sensors, an embedded microprocessor and mobile phone, and cloud technology to create a comprehensive, real-time database providing information on pump use and needed maintenance.

Project Manager: Randy Fish                                Student Project Manager: Dan Labrie

Email: rfish@messiah.edu

Collab Infrastructure

Tree 4 Hope is a ministry in Guatemala, operating an orphanage and Hope Academy, a bilingual school for girls. This Collab project will assist Hope Academy to provide a design for a safe recreational area for physical education and recess time for the children. 

Project Manager: Scott Heisey                           Student Project Manager: Matt Burlew

Email: heisey@messiah.edu

The Landmine Neutralization “Air Excavation Unit” is a specialized, rugged and simple tool used to excavate the area around landmines, IEDs and explosives according to the specifications of The HALO Trust in the safest and most reliable way possible. 

Project Manager: Donald Pratt                           Student Project Manager: Evan Poust

Email: dpratt@messiah.edu

Collab Advancement

The marketing team uses social media, graphic design, writing, and film to promote the Collaboratory and provide updates about the organization.

Project Manager: Alyssa Heberlig                                Student Project Manager: Jane Mylin

Email: aheberlig@messiah.edu

Water

The Mechanized Percussion Well Drilling Project seeks to design a simple mechanized well drilling system to be used for drilling shallow water wells in Burkina Faso, Africa. These systems will be operated by local businesses, allowing them to earn an income for themselves and their families. Currently, our client, SIM, has trouble drilling through hard rock layers and often must abandon holes due to inadequate equipment. The goal of this project is to enable the clients to efficiently drill through these rock layers with a mechanized percussion rig and supporting drilling equipment.

Project Manager: Phillip Tan                                  Student Project Manager: Matt Higgs

Collab Biomedical

The goal of the Muscle Activated Prosthesis team is to design and prototype a 3D-printed pediatric transradial (lower arm) prosthetic device that is controlled by the user’s muscle signals. The team is using biomedical, electrical, and mechanical engineering principles to create a low-cost (<$1000) device for current client and then plans to use the design and customize to meet the needs of new client, CURE Kenya.

Project Manager: Tim Howell                                        Student Project Manager: Sam Whittle

Email: thowell@messiah.edu

Collab Disability

This team is partnered with International Nepal Fellowship (INF), a Christian, medical organization that manages a hospital in Pokhara, Nepal and specializes in patients with spinal cord injuries. For these patients, a prone trolley is used to allow them to regain mobility and accelerate recovery. With a prone trolley, the patient lies face down and uses their arms to propel the trolley. The Prone Trolley Team aims to provide INF with a practical design that can be locally manufactured.

Project Manager: Tim Van Dyke                                 Student Project Manager: Dylan Derstine

Email: tvandyke@messiah.edu

Collab

Persons with disabilities in developing countries often lack the basic equipment needed to assist them in their daily lives. International Nepal Fellowship (INF) is a Christian medical organization in Nepal providing assistance to people with disabilities and other conditions. INF has expressed a desire for a wheelchair that is designed specifically for the challenges of Nepal and would be able to be made from local materials.

Project Manager: Tim Van Dyke                       Student Project Manager: Harrison Crosley

Email: tvandyke@messiah.edu

Collab Infrastructure

The Panama Bridge team supports the work of Rio Missions in rural Panama by providing design services for pedestrian bridges at river crossings that flood seasonally.  

Project Manager: Brian Swartz                         Student Project Manager: Nathan Myers

Email: bswartz@messiah.edu                                                                          

 

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The Pico-Hydro Energy project (PHEP) focuses on providing affordable electric power for off-grid communities in developing countries. The work that PHEP is doing involves the design, optimization, and experimental testing of small hydroelectric generators provided by the project partner Engineering Ministries International (EMI).

Project Manager: Robert Hentz      

Student Project Manager: Cameron Kanther

 

Collab Biomedical

The Prosthetic Knee team is partnered with the CURE International Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya, to explore avenues in which the orthopedic workshop would be able to manufacture and provide a low-cost prosthetic knee for through-knee and trans-femoral amputees. While the hospital has commercially made knees available, a lower price point and the ability to fabricate a prosthetic knee in-country would open up an additional option for patients who would otherwise not be able to afford a prosthetic.

Project Manager: Jamie Williams                               Student Project Manager: Sam Burgess

Email: jwilliams@messiah.edu

Collab Biomedical

The Rapid Orthotics for CURE Kenya (ROCK) team is partnering with Cure International’s hospital in Kijabe, Kenya to implement and maintain a 3D printing system for the manufacturing of orthotic braces and prosthetic sockets. Furthermore, the team is in the process of safety-testing 3D printed prosthetics that will eventually be manufactured by the local orthotist technicians in Kenya.

                                                                                                     

Project Manager: Jamie Williams                     Student Project Managers: Brandon Weindorf &

Email: jwilliams@messiah.edu                                                               Gabi Griffith

Collab Biomedical

The SkinSafe Project is working to provide documented research on the correlation between lack of access to clean water and bacterial growth and skin breakdown at the interface between a prosthetic device and the residual limb. This research will allow us to help patients who wear a prosthesis in low-resource settings. 

Project Manager: Emily Farrar                                                    Student Project Manager: Hailey Miller

Email: efarrar@messiah.edu

Collab Energy

The Solar PV team is designing a solar power system for an orphanage and school run by Tree 4 Hope in Guatemala. The team is also working on completing a solar lab at Messiah University to help test designs and train current and future team members.

Project Manager: Randy Fish                             Student Project Manager: Noah Rood

Email: rfish@messiah.edu

Collab Sustainability

Affordable access to food is a global issue. The sustainable agriculture team is addressing this problem by growing food via aquaponics. Aquaponics is a soil-free farming method that requires shorter growing periods and up to 90% less water than traditional agriculture.

Project Manager: Michelle Lockwood             

Email: mlockwood@messiah.edu

Student Project Manager: Micah Hess

Collab Disability Resources

The Sustainable Mobility project partners with the Center of Hope in Burkina Faso to provide hand-powered and electric tricycles as a means of personal transportation for those with limited mobility. Short-term, the goals are to maximize the cost-effectiveness and manufacturability of the current design and to equip a local fabricator in Burkina Faso to sustainably produce and distribute tricycles. Long-term, the goal is to develop a turn-key business model that puts local fabricators to work.

Project Manager: David Vader                            Student Project Manager: Faith Kerlen

Email: dvader@messiah.edu

Collab

The team is working with Trans World Radio (TWR) to improve year-round access at their West African Transmitter Station in Benin. Currently, roadway access to the facility is hampered by flooding during the rainy season. The team is working on design and construction plans for a culvert or similar bridge structure to mitigate access problems at the station.

Project Manager: Scott Heisey                             Student Project Manager: Dan Thomas

Email: heisey@messiah.edu

Water

As part of the global effort to increase access to safe and affordable drinking water, the Village Water Ozonation Systems team designs and installs water treatment systems to provide communities with the cleanest water they can sustainably afford. The team is currently partnering with Forward Edge International in Mexico and Kenya, Friends in Action in Nicaragua, and Full Gospel Assemblies Bible College in Pakistan.

Project Manager: Michelle Lockwood                    Student Project Manager: TJ Malanga

Email: mlockwood@messiah.edu

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