Engineering Students Make Global Impact

by Jennifer Taggart, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University’s engineering students, along with Darren Holland, Ph. D., assistant professor of mechanical engineering, partnered with Water for Communities in the village of Vacas, Bolivia to help develop safe water sources.

The students have been modeling and analyzing the village’s PVC hand pump for more than a year before visiting the village as a part of their final year research project. They shared their findings in June 2014, and ministered to the local Bolivian people through helping to meet their physical needs.

 The team measured the quality of the local water supplies before and after they implemented a new modified hand pump with a new seal developed by the Cedarville students. The students also led services at two local churches.

“The trip was very useful to learn how the Bolivian culture impacts the success of relief projects,” said Holland. “I was so encouraged by our students, to see their desire to use their gifts and talents to serve others and have a global impact.”

The research project is ongoing and the mechanical engineering students and faculty are committed to researching efficient ways, for countries like Bolivia, to have access to water.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,620 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.