Students at KNUST’s Innovation Centre in the College of Engineering (CoE) have created a solar-powered automatic handwashing station. The project, which began in 2020 with funding from the Strengthening Engineering Ecosystem in Sub-Saharan Africa (SEESA), has been overseen by the Provost’s Office.
Miss. Elizabeth Oduro-Koranteng (Bsc. Electrical/Electronic Engineering), Mr. Max Otuteye (Bsc. Computer Engineering), and Mr. Obeng Okofo Dartey (MPhil. Computer Engineering) make up the project team, which works under the supervision of Dr. Griffith Selorm Klogo, a member of the Innovation Centre’s Steering Committee, and with technical assistance from the Centre’s management.
Commissioning the hand-washing automated machine, Provost of the CoE, Professor Mark Adom-Asamoah said the whole concept of the Innovation Centre is to be able to come up with inventions like this that will make life easier. He revealed that in this light, the College has an Innovation Centre with about 800 student members and members are free to come up with their innovative ideas.
Professor Adom-Asamoah said that the Innovation Centre has come up with a lot of projects like making drones among others. However, with the advent of COVID-19 and its related challenges globally, a lot of activities have slowed down with academic work halting for almost 8-months. According to Professor Adom-Asamoah, the observance of the safety protocols as declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for safety has become paramount, hence, the students’ decision to come up with the Hand Washing Station under the guidance of Dr. Selorm Klogo, a member of faculty. He encouraged the team to come up with more projects to solve societal problems.
Briefing the gathering on the project, a Member of the Project Team, Miss. Elizabeth Oduro-Koranteng, said the touchless, solar-powered handwashing station was designed and built, to facilitate handwashing, as part of enforcing the COVID-19 protocols in KNUST. Miss Oduro-Koranteng further explained that using sensor technology, human contact that occurs when washing the hands is limited. The design of the hand washing station is to eliminate the problems associated with the traditional hand washing methods. With traditional hand washing strategies, there is more secondary contact between individuals as a result of opening and closing taps. The station is designed as two washing stations in one setup to allow for more individuals to wash their hands at a time. An installed battery also saves up energy for use during night-time. It has a reservoir that stores water and dispenses it when there is a user at the hand washing station. A drain is connected to a pipe which allows used water to flow out. She also stated that while implementing the project, artisans such as metalworkers and plumbers were contacted to aid with the fabrication and testing of the hand washing station.
The team was happy about the collaboration between students, faculty, and people in the industry, it shows that indeed such partnerships can yield fruitful results. In addition, it contributes to KNUST’s efforts in leading the country’s innovation drive.
Professor Kwaku Adjei, a Member of Faculty and a Representative of the Funding Partners, noted that the project was funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada through SEESA. Funded projects should be able to be transitioned into business ideas or ventures upon completion, he added. Professor Adjei said that the project is one out of the thirteen projects being funded under the IDRC. He said aside this innovation, there are other upcoming ones, and he encouraged the students with business-oriented projects to apply for funding.
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KNUST To Spearheaded ‘Pan-African Education Network – Indian High Commissioner Reveals On His Visit To KNUST
The Indian High Commissioner to Ghana, His Excellency (H.E.) Sugandh Rajaram has paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, Professor (Mrs.) Rita Akosua Dickson on Tuesday, 20th April, 2021 at the Council Chamber.
The visit forms part of his first official visit to the Ashanti Region to interact with key stakeholders in the Region. He was accompanied by the Political Officer of the High Commission of India, Mr. Tushar K. Uniyal.
In his remark, H. E. Rajaram appreciated the long-standing relationship that has existed between India and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. He proposed that both parties should assess other areas of collaboration that would enhance research, staff and student’s exchanges.
He added that most Africans pursue their tertiary education in India, a development the India government cherishes so much. He revealed plans of establishing the ‘Pan-African Education Network’ which will be spearheaded by the KNUST because of the unique programmes run by the University and its ability to influence other institutions of higher learning through effective mentorship.
He stated that they chose KNUST because it has the expertise to make the project a success.
His Excellency Rajaram as part of his visit donated 116 books to expose students to the various aspects of India by establishing ‘‘India Corner’’ in the University Library. The books present an invaluable source of the multifaceted society of India, that focuses on various subjects.
He was hopeful that the books would satisfy the needs of the students and rekindle their interest to know more about India and ultimately foster closer relationships between Ghana and India.
Receiving the books, the Vice-Chancellor expressed much gratitude for their donation and visit. She asserted that KNUST as a research-driven institution places much value on the partnerships signed with stakeholders and other institutions of higher learning.
She was hopeful that the collaboration proposed by the High Commissioner would contribute to the development of the country and the world at large.
Present at the ceremony were the Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Ellis Owusu-Dabo, Head of Quality Assurance and Planning Unit, Professor Jerry John Kponyo, the University Relations Officer, Dr Daniel Norris Bekoe, and the Deputy Librarian, Michael Ahenkorah-Marfo.
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