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The EPA P3 Program: An Opportunity for Growing Student Entrepreneurs

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





Conference Session

Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation Division – Tactical Approaches to Entrepreneurship Education

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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

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26.1531.1 - 26.1531.8



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Yan Tang American Society of Mechanical Engineers Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Yan Tang is an assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Fla. Her current research in engineering education focuses on cognitive load theory, deliberate practice and effective pedagogical practices in engineering education. Her background is in dynamics and controls.

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Yung Lun Wong AquaSolve Ventures


Marc Compere Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ., Daytona Beach

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Dr. Compere is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering. His background is in dynamic system modeling and simulation, nonlinear control, hardware-in-the-loop, hybrid-electric vehicles, and solar powered water purification. He teaches Instrumentation, Vehicle Dynamics, Hybrid-electric Vehicles, and Senior Design. He recently co-founded a small business called AquaSolve Ventures selling large and small solar powered water purifiers. He is involved in Project Haiti which is a student movement to design the 6th solar water purifier for installation in Haiti this summer. His current research is focused on reducing diesel emissions, improving solar panel effectiveness with phase change materials, and helping to define the water-energy-climate nexus.

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The EPA P3 Program: an Opportunity for Growing Student EntrepreneursAbstractIn this paper we will share our experiences of fostering entrepreneurial spirit through projectsfunded by EPA’s P3 (People, Prosperity, and the Planet) Program which is a unique collegiatecompetition for designing solutions for a sustainable future. Since 2012, we have integrated theP3 competition with the capstone design course of Clean Energy Systems track in mechanicalengineering as an effective educational vehicle for introducing the concept of sustainable design.Since the competition focuses on designs which have values of real world application, it is also agreat opportunity to create entrepreneurial spirit. We have successfully turned a design from acapstone design prototype to a commercial product through the EPA P3 awards. Similarsuccessful stories have been heard within this program. We will share our story in this paper withan attempt to encourage educators who are interested in entrepreneurship to take advantage ofthis unique opportunity to grow more student entrepreneurs.

Tang, Y., & Wong, Y. L., & Compere, M. (2015, June), The EPA P3 Program: An Opportunity for Growing Student Entrepreneurs Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24869

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