In 2018, I co-founded a team of engineers and designers to tackle the prevalent water crisis and solve some of the problems that manifest in rural, impoverished communities around the world. The team came to be called Project SWEET and we quickly became subject-matter experts on the technical and societal aspects of water. We examined the role that water plays in the lives of vulnerable populations and defined the problem in two parts – transportation and sterilization of water.
To address this problem statement, we developed the SWEET Roller: a 75-liter rolling barrel that uses the kinetic energy of being rolled to-and-from the water source to sterilize the contents of the barrel using ultraviolet radiation. The solution came as part of our primary and secondary research conducted with countless hours of work put into generating the conclusions and insights presented on this site.
To develop the SWEET Roller prototype, I used laser cutting, 3D printing, and other hands-on fabrication techniques. Through this project I honed my craft in translating user research into a physical consumer product.