AguaClara | Cornell
The AguaClara program at Cornell University provides undergraduate & graduate students the opportunity to enhance their education with hands-on, real-world experience.
The Aguaclara Engineering Team researchs, invents, and designs new and improved water treatment technologies while creating a problem based learning environment for Cornell students. The Team works to develop sustainable water treatment technologies that are then adopted by partners in Honduras and India. In 2012, the National Academy of Engineering recognized AguaClara as an exemplary program that "infuses real world experience into engineering education."
Being a part of AguaClara is a unique experience for students
Many universities focus on teaching students what the faculty know; In the AguaClara program we educate engineers to generate new knowledge. We create the general solution to the problem of safe water on tap. From that general solution we can quickly provide a solution for particular communities. The goal of the Cornell team is not to manufacture the actual water treatment plants (this would not be cost-, resource-, skill-, or time-effective). Instead, students make an annual Engineering-in-Context trip to Honduras. This is a valuable chance to tour plants, test potential modifications, interact with AguaClara's engineers `on the ground' and make cross-cultural connections with the people of Honduras. Find out more about these student trips here.