Ecotek Lab


Alternative Energy


Student scientists collaborate to identify the benefits of using corn, soybean, and other cellulose-based materials as energy sources. The project spans multiple phases, including determining the molecular bonds of each energy source, studying the bonds’ characteristics (e.g., polymers), learning how to grow the crops, and understanding different techniques for breaking down cellulose material.

Corn Plantation

Wind Energy

Student scientists collaborate to identify the benefits of using wind as an electricity source. The project spans three phases. The first phase consists of designing and constructing a mobile wind energy unit, the second consists of designing and constructing a free-standing wind turbine unit, and the third phase consists of deploying a water-based wind turbine unit.

Wind Farm

Fuel Cell

Student scientists collaborate to understand the benefits of using lithium-based batteries and hydrogen fuel cells to generate power for mass transportation. The project spans several key activities, including validating different ways to store hydrogen-based fuel and brainstorming new ways to implement infrastructure that supports electric vehicle drivers (e.g., lithium battery recharge stations).

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Brownfields & Climate Change

Student scientists complete fieldwork to understand the impact of contaminated soil on air quality. Participants must develop a deep background in soil science and environmental chemistry. As part of the project output, students work with fellow student scientists around the world to develop a global remote surface temperature and atmospheric monitoring network.

Brownfield Land

Environmental Conservation

Water Conservation

Student scientists complete water quality research, including performing tests on water collected from rivers, oceans, home sinks, and underground. The project aims to help students understand the importance of protecting the water supply. In addition to evaluating water quality from multiple sources, the research team conducts saltwater and freshwater ecology studies using remotely controlled vehicles (ROV).

Water Conservation

Waste Management

Student scientists complete research on material decomposition and the importance of reducing nonbiodegradable waste in landfills worldwide. As part of the project, the research team looks at the decomposition rates of various bio-based materials and how these materials can be used to make everyday items (e.g., trash bags, disposable cups, disposable plates).

Waste Drainage

Food Security

Student scientists collaborate to generate ideas for combatting the food shortages that ravage the world. They also come up with ways to protect our food supply from terrorists and people with bad intent. Hydroponics and the remote detection of bacteria are the key areas of research.

Food Security

Health Care Systems

Student scientists learn about the dire state of the global health care system. The project involves participants generating ideas to solve this problem. Currently, the research team is looking at ways to improve the delivery of basic health care systems using low-tech solutions. Other participants are working to find science-related solutions that involve medical tourism and human tissue research.

Easy Health Care