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SUNY Canton Engineering Technology Student to Bring Sustainable Energy to Peru

Monday, December 12th, 2016

A junior in SUNY Canton’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program will travel to South America this winter to manufacture and install a wind turbine that will provide green energy to the rural Peruvian community of Playa Blanca.

Jessica L. Fischer was selected to join 12 other students from around the world for the four-week volunteer project, which is organized by the WindAid Institute, an organization that builds and installs low-cost, residential-scale wind turbines in developing communities.

SUNY Canton Mechanical Engineering Technology student Jessica L. Fischer will travel to Peru this winter to help construct a wind turbine for the village of Playa Blanca.

Fischer, a native of Buffalo, said a passion for wind power is what prompted her to look into working with the nonprofit.

“While pursuing my degree, I had the opportunity to take courses that focus on alternative energy,” she said. “This project will take my education one step further and allow me to see first-hand how providing access to environmentally friendly power can transform someone’s life.”

Since the turbines are manufactured from scratch by volunteers, Fischer said the skills she has gained in the classroom will help her during the fabrication and installation process.

Jessica Fischer“Every lab and lecture at SUNY Canton included real-world applications for the engineering concepts I was learning,” she added. “I have also completed a course that specifically focused on the design and technology of wind turbines, so I am very prepared for this project.”

Her duties will include constructing the blades, which are a mixture of carbon fiber and resin, and building the base, which is made from recycled stainless steel and fiberglass.

“This opportunity is most fitting for Jessica; she is a dynamic, hardworking and detail-oriented student,” said Daniel J. Miller an assistant professor who teaches in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program. “The entire campus is very proud of the work she will be doing in Peru, and we look forward to learning about her experience when she returns.”

Approximately 37 percent of the Peruvian population lacks grid connectivity; however, according to the institute, the rural landscape of the country’s mountains and coastline offers the ideal climate for wind power, which is a preferable alternative to expensive diesel generators that emit carcinogens and other pollutants.

The turbine produces approximately 870 kilowatt-hours of energy annually, which is enough to power a television, laptop or 36 LED lightbulbs for the entire year.

Since the WindAid Institute began 2006, their engineers and technicians have led more than 50 installation projects in Peru. The cost of the materials is covered by the contributions from the volunteers, and maintenance costs are paid for by the recipient community.

Fischer’s trip was funded by donations from the Canton College Foundation, SUNY Canton’s offices of the President and the Provost, and alumnus Thomas P. Woodside, class of 1966.

“I’m very grateful to everyone who supported my efforts to become the first student from SUNY Canton to serve as a WindAid Institute ambassador,” Fischer said.

 

About WindAid Institute

We serve as an educational institute whose projects provide electricity to developing communities utilizing wind energy to provide a clean and reliable source of electricity in locations where traditional electricity is not available. Students and professionals come from all over the world to work together designing, building and installing wind generators. Each project contributes to the evolution of the design, or reinforces the solidity of the design concepts encouraging an environment of education and innovation. To learn more, visit www.windaid.org.

 

About SUNY Canton

SUNY Canton is Northern New York’s premier college for career-driven bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs. The college delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, health, management and public service and recently received number one rankings in library resources, library services and tutoring services in the SUNY Student Opinion Survey. The college’s faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 11 exclusively online bachelor’s degrees. The college’s 15 athletic teams compete as members of the NCAA Division III.

SUNY Canton Receives National Recognition for Environmental Program

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

SUNY Canton joins Stanford, Harvard, Yale and Dartmouth as most environmentally friendly in U.S. 

SUNY Canton has been ranked among the top 50 colleges in the nation that are committed to saving the planet, according to a list published by The Online College Database website.

The list highlights schools that offer innovative academic programs aimed at preparing students for future environmental challenges. SUNY Canton’s four-year Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program within the Canino School of Engineering Technology was specifically recognized for its appeal to technical students who are interested in pursuing a career in clean energy.

Students installing a solar panel.

Pictured are Paul E. Todd of Canton and Molly K. MacNeill of Potsdam installing solar panels for a class in the Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program at SUNY Canton.

“The Alternative and Renewable Energy Systems program was launched in 2006 and focuses on imparting skills that allow students to respond to the dynamic needs of the alternative energy market,” said Interim Dean of the Canino School of Engineering Technology Michael J. Newtown. “Students learn about the best way to employ wind, solar, geothermal and other emerging sources of energy.”

SUNY Canton was ranked 26thon the list and joins an elite group of schools, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Penn State University, Harvard University, Yale University and Dartmouth College.

“Tons of colleges have environmental science courses and programs,” said Wes Ricketts, vice president and general manager of The College Database. “However, those on our list stand out not only for unique concentration and scopeOnline College Database, but also for going beyond the classroom, turning lessons learned into long-term, life-changing results.”

The campus has pursued other ways to become more environmentally friendly through energy conservation and recycling efforts. The Grasse River Suites residence hall, the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center, and the renovated Nevaldine Technology Center South received LEED Silver certification, and the College is developing a plan to build a wind turbine that would provide electricity to the campus.

“The College has been focusing on sustainability for several years, and it is gratifying to be recognized for our efforts,” said SUNY Canton Acting President Joseph C. Hoffman. “With the construction of a wind turbine in the works, we are hoping to continue to be the sustainability leaders in the SUNY System and beyond.”