2019

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Through BHS, students have the unique opportunity to get real, hands-on experience and make a quantifiable, positive impact that touches nearly every aspect of the UCLA community while helping UCLA take steps towards accomplishing goals such as zero waste by 2020 or carbon neutrality by 2025.

VW Beetle Conversion

Project Leads: Joey Muerer (Project Manager) & Suryansh Rana (Electrical & Integration) & Will Argus (Restoration) & Nick Teoh (Powertrain)

Faculty Advisor: Laurent Pilon, UCLA Engineering

In order to provide practical education for the rapidly growing Electric Vehicle (EV) industry and promote UCLA sustainability, BHS is transforming a classic 1974 Special Edition Volkswagen Beetle into a fully functioning electric car. We have completed a full exterior restoration and are now turning our attention to electrical system and powertrain.

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Luskin Hydroponics

Project Lead: Eyal Li

Faculty Advisor: Laurent Pilon, UCLA Engineering

The Luskin Hydroponics Project is a research initiative to study urban food production that uses less resources than convention farming and produces zero waste. BHS designed, installed, and is now operating an automated hydroponics farm on the roof of the Luskin School of Public Affairs. Our goal is to increase the availability of nutritious produce for students and bolster food security on campus. Accordingly, the farm is growing salad greens and herbs that are donated to the UCLA Central Programming Office’s (CPO) Food Closet and offered at on-campus farmers markets.

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Water Audits

Project Leads: Kamryn Kubose & Tsandi Chen

Faculty Advisor: Bonny Bentzin, UCLA Facilities

After becoming LEED accredited, BHS members are conducting a series of water audits on the UCLA campus. We are assessing building water usage to identify opportunities to replace fixtures and improve efficiency. In the 2017-18 school year, our team collected data on Powell Library, Boelter Hall, Murphy Hall, and the John R. Wooden Recreation and Sports Center.

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Electric Bike Conversion

Project Lead: Suryansh Rana

Faculty Advisor: Laurent Pilon, UCLA Engineering

In an independent project to experiment with construction of powertrain systems, BHS retrofitted two bikes with a battery, motor, and custom 3D printed fitting components. The bikes have a top speed of 25 mph and a battery life of over an hour.

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Aquaponics

Project Leads: Joe Prusan & Justin Eichenberger

Faculty Advisor: Nurit Katz, UCLA Chief Sustainability Officer

Our Aquaponics team has recently won first place in UCLA’s Sustainability Innovation Challenge and earned $50,000 to build a fully-functioning aquaponics facility on the UCLA campus. The system will simultaneously cultivate plants and fish, yielding hundreds of pounds of fresh, nutrient-rich food for students each year.

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HVAC

Project Lead: Aaron Feigelman

Faculty Advisor: Laurent Pilon, UCLA Engineering

Using load-analysis software TRACE 700, and accounting for various ASHRAE standards relating to air conditioning, energy efficiency, and ventilation, our team successfully produced a 40-page design proposal for an industrial HVAC system for a 70,000 square-foot multi-use complex in Istanbul, Turkey.

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LEED Training

Project Leads: Kamryn Kubose & Tsandi Chen

Faculty Advisor: Bonny Bentzin, UCLA Facilities

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the most prominent standard in the world for evaluating the sustainability of buildings, with nearly 80,000 projects across 162 countries. Developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), LEED enables accredited professionals to assess the sustainability of buildings and assign points that help earn the structure a “green” certification.

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Solar Decathlon

Project Lead: Aaron Feigelman

Faculty Advisor: Laurent Pilon, UCLA Engineering

Bruin Home Solutions worked with Acco Engineered Systems last year to compete in the ASHRAE 2018 Student Design Competition. Culminating in May 2018, the HVAC competition tasked the team with designing an industrial HVAC system for a 70,000 square-foot multi-use complex in Istanbul, Turkey. Now BHS is leveraging this skillset and partnering with UCLA Architecture and Engineering to compete in the 2022 Solar Decathlon.

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