Baja Solar Water Heater

Prospective Students

All majors are welcome, but we are looking for more Business and Education majors. We would also appreciate students who have experience with water purification.


Mission Statement

Baja Team focuses on helping underprivileged orphanages throughout Baja California, Mexico, implementing sustainable energy solutions and alleviating their financial burden.


We work with La Mision Children’s Fund (LMCF), which connects the Baja Team with orphanages in Baja California, Mexico. LMCF focuses on developing a stepped plan to substitute electricity and propane-dependent utilities with sustainable, clean energy alternatives.

With the help from LMCF, we have implemented solar thermal collector systems at Casa de mi Familia and Hacienda de la Inmaculada. Last  quarter, the LMCF introduced us to Casa Hogar Morada, home to about 30 children. Currently we are working on follow-up projects with Hacienda and initiating new projects with Casa Hogar Morada and Casa Hogar San Jose.


Quarter Goals

For the Winter 2018 quarter, the team’s main goal is to conduct site surveys at one existing and one new orphanage site as well as reinstall a solar water heating system at the La Hacienda de Immaculada Orphanage site. This quarter, Baja team will focus on designing a controllable pumping circuit and establishing solid funding strategy.


Controls Team

We are responsible for designing a control system that optimizes the functional time of our solar water-heating system. In order to cater to different environmental conditions and showering habits in different orphanages, we are developing a control system that utilize sensors and microcontroller to collect and response to various data.

Installation Design Plan Team

We are responsible for compiling an installation design plan packet with block diagrams of the piping, electrical wiring, and construction of the solar thermal collector.

Business Team

We are responsible for researching opportunities for funding sources that will support current and future solar water heater installation projects at multiple orphanage sites in Tijuana. This quarter, the business subteam will continue developing a business plan for the future of the Baja team, with support from the Basement Incubator.

Water Purification Team

We are responsible for exploring water purification methods to include in our system. Currently, some options we are exploring include biosand filters, UV disinfection, and membrane filtration.

Team Members

  • Tilly Nguyen
  • Richard Valle
  • Joanne Ting-Yu Hsu
  • Marilyn Sun
  • Justin Kushi
  • Josephine Lynnay Consul
  • Genevieve Fleming-Hollinger
  • Jocelyn Letona
  • Christina Tsang
  • Owen Chen
  • Jenny Nguyen
  • Vy Ton
  • Renna Esmabe
  • Austin Han
  • Tony Fung
  • Ena Liao
  • Mike Piao
  • Timothy Lee
  • Allison Chow

Faculty Advisor

  • Ray Guardiano
  • Curtis Williams

Undergraduate Advisor

  • Jordan Coursey
  • Emily Yang