The Hydro Pod

Real-World Applications Demonstrate the Broad Scope of the Hydro Pod Project

Cutting Edge Technology

The integration of innovative technologies like the Hydropod system aligns perfectly with the evolving needs of chemical engineering education. As the world faces complex challenges related to food, water, energy, and climate, there is a growing demand for sustainable solutions in various industries. The historical development of chemical engineering education has been driven by the industrial and sociopolitical requirements of society, and this trend continues today.

In the past, the rise of petroleum and chemical industries influenced the focus of chemical engineering research and curriculum, leading to a significant emphasis on petrochemical topics. However, with the advancements in biotechnology over the last few decades, there has been a shift towards incorporating biological concepts into chemical engineering education. This change has given rise to specialized fields like Biochemical Engineering, catering to industries such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, environmental, and food, which now benefit from the CHE skillset in their research and development efforts.

Despite the integration of biological concepts, a large portion of the chemical engineering curriculum still revolves around petroleum refining and chemical production industries. However, recent developments in the understanding of the interconnected relationship between food, water, energy, and climate, known as the water-energy-food nexus (WEF), have shed light on the critical role of chemical engineers in developing sustainable innovations. This includes providing adequate amounts of food, energy, clean water, and air for the ever-increasing human population.

Our Team

Meet the Brilliant Students at Rutgars University who the Hydro Pod

Jon Friedman

Team Lead

Jacob Lakomy


Jack Kopas


Ajay Patel


Theodore Hsi



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