Initiative on Green & Sustainable Society (GRASS) Conceptual Design Competition

Submission deadline: 11:59 pm, January 10, 2019.

Concept I

Reduction of Polymer Microfibers in Wastewater from a Clothes Washing Machine.

The whole of United States adds over 2.7 Million pounds of plastic microfibers to per year to the marine environments and drinking water supplies, which produces toxicity. Thus, it is important that we develop methods to nearly eliminate the discharge of microfibers from a washing machine and/or develop methods to reduce the shedding of fibers from clothing.

Concept II

 Increase Recycling of Municipal Solid Waste.

The United States produced over 250 million tons of municipal solid waste (commonly known as Garbage) annually in the last decade. Recycling is an important activity that can help reuse the waste and hence save our precious resources.

Thus, in an effort to achieve a high percentage of recycling we need to increase human awareness and change behavior, and/or create an engineering system that is relatively cost effective and guides people to recycle their waste. For example, when one is ready to throw an object into an incorrect recycling bin the person is guided to throw in the correct bin.

Competition Requirements and Guidelines

  1. Must collaborate in a team of at least three members but not more than six. Team can consist of undergraduate students from any department on the MU campus. You are free to consult with anyone and please acknowledge his/her input.
  2. A member can be a part of only one team.
  3. Deadline for submission is 11:59 pm, January 10, 2019.
  4. Submit a typed report using Times New Roman, 12 pt font size, double spacing, and there is no page limit. Submit the report as a Word document to Sanjeev Khanna, Professor Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, via email at Khanna can be contacted by email or phone at 573 884 9109 or office in E3412 Lafferre Hall.
  5. First, second and third place winners in each concept area will be awarded, based on merits of the submission, a prize of $750, $600 and $500, respectively. The decision of the evaluation committee will be final.
  6. Each report must have at least the following components:
    a. Objective(s) of the proposal
    b. Introduction (to include current need, state of the art, previous work done)
    c. Detailed conceptual design (to include analysis, figures, references)
    d. Expected outcomes and feasibility of the concept.
    e. Expected impact of the proposed concept on society, the local or global environment, promoting sustainability, economic development and job creation, and any other factors pertinent to your proposal.

Find a PDF with the full parameters of the competition here.

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