Outreach Projects


UT PES sponsors a projects team, which allows our members an opportunity to apply their academic knowledge in a real life and hands-on application. We showcase these project demos to both our student membership and to the greater Austin community, introducing younger students to STEM.

What we provide:

We provide supplies, members, project ideas and a workspace.

What our Corporate Partners provide:
A corporate partner may donate any amount to support our outreach efforts. You may also opt to donate company products (circuit boards, lab equipment, hand tools, and other components). – Please contact <corporate.ut.ieeepes@gmail.com> for more information. Your company’s logo and name will be placed on our contributions poster which we take to every outreach event.

If you have questions you can email our Project Manager Jacob at projects.ut.ieeepes@gmail.com

Wireless Mobile Phone Charger

The Wireless Charger uses concepts learned through the Tesla Coil and applies them to a familiar environment. If the participant has a compatible phone, they can lay their device on top of the charger and watch as electromagnetic fields induce a charge their phone. Additionally, this project provides insight into commercially available wireless chargers.

Power Bike

The power bike is a fun way to learn about electric power and power engineering. By pedaling the bike, participants generate power to power a light tower made of car headlights.

Power House

The Power House project demonstrates the advantages of using solar power as a source of renewable energy. When enough light is present, lights inside of the house illuminate to provide inspiration for large-scale housing prospects.

Tesla Coil

The Tesla Coil showcases a fun and interactive way to use wireless energy through electromagnetic fields. By holding a lightbulb within the field, participants can see the light illuminate with no connection, as if by magic.

Jacob’s Ladder

The High Voltage Traveling Arc (HVTA, or informally called a Jacob’s Ladder) is a project that visually demonstrates spark gaps using a 10kV transformer. By electrically breaking down the air between two metal prongs, we are able to generate an “arc” of electricity that rises into the air.

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