Sierra Environmental Analysis Ltd.

University of Nevada - Reno, 1999 - $19,800

The SEAL-Pup is a water quality sampling device capable of taking samples automatically or under operator control at depths of up to 150 feet. The device is highly portable and able to take continuous real-time chemical measurements and water samples. The original design was prototyped in the course Engineering Design/Analysis for Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Design of Products.

The team has identified many potential customers interested in using the product, including public agencies who monitor water quality, mining companies who need to remediate lakes they have polluted, public water companies, and environmental agencies. The final design has an operating depth of 1600 feet, acoustic triggering of solenoids, a microcontroller system, lateral thrusters, and video cameras.

Demonstrations of the SEAL-Pup gained interest in future commercial models from the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Navy. The team is made up of electrical engineering students and faculty.