TeamLift - Malawi Irrigation System

Title or Project

TeamLift - Malawi Irrigation System

Access Type

Open Access


Faculty Advisor

Niki Schulz, PE


The UP capstone team partnered with the nonprofit TeamLift, to design an irrigation system powered by solar energy for a 7-acre farm located next to St. Mary’s Secondary School for Girls in Malawi, Africa. The irrigation system will improve living conditions for the students by providing plant-based proteins for the 600 students attending the school. Optimizing water demands from a bore hole onsite and utilizing solar pumps and panels, the irrigation system will supply water to a drip network that efficiently waters row and bed crops. This farm will decrease the cost of purchasing food from outside sources for St. Mary’s and act as a “classroom” for local farmers to increase awareness about the benefits of irrigation.

Project Information

EGR 483 – Multi-disciplinary Capstone Project I

EGR 484 – Multi-disciplinary Capstone Project II

2020 Shiley Showcase Presentation

Streaming Media

TeamLift - Malawi Irrigation System