The Sope project was our first opportunity to create an ecosystem of community engaged engineering. Three ladies from Monroe, Oregon, wanted to start a food processing business in which they would sell Sopes (think hard shelled tortilla cups in the shape) to the local Co-op.
The OSU team presented our vision for community driven technology innovation and investment (CDTII) at Regards2Rural 2013.
The long term goal for communities is to develop a pipeline of OSU engineering students who return to their communities
This year (2017), a second group of six engineering students are working with Del Corazon on a second design iteration.
Culture of Disengagement in Engineering Education. Toward one Oregon : rural-urban interdependence and the evolution of a state.
A group of three engineering students developed a device that reduced Sope production time, reduced risk of Sope preparation, and brought the Monroe partners closer to their goal.
As a result of his involvement in this project, a 2014 students is currently working on a community focused advanced degree in Belgium.