A team of students from Regent University College of Science and Technology have emerged as the top 3 finalists in the 2017 Student Product Design Project Competition organized by the Ghana Institution of Engineers (GhIE).
The competition which took place on March 27, 2017, in Sunyani, saw undergraduate students from Universities in Ghana presenting engineering projects they had conceptualized and built. The competition seeks to encourage student creativity and innovation on an applied engineering concept and is targeted at students that want to invent or optimize equipment technologies in order to solve market or societal problems.
In all, 8 projects were presented by 8 teams during the competition.
The Regent team supervised by Mr. Isaac Kuma-Yeboah, an engineering lecturer of Regent University developed and presented an “Embedded Piezopack Power Supply System (EPPSS)”, a stand-alone Power Supply System that recharges mobile phone batteries using pressure and converting it to electrical energy.
The Regent team was ranked among the top 3 finalists of the competition, after a project assessment carried out by a panel of industry design experts and academics. Projects were judged on whether they were “fundamentally sound” in their technical merit.
Project designs were also judged on whether they could result in a “favorable return on an investment and create economic and social value.”
The Regent team of finalists comprised nine Regent students: Okonkwo Nmesoma (Telecommunication Engineering), Abigail Brazy Mensah (Telecommunication Engineering), Belinda Okyerebea Afari (Telecommunication Engineering), Anthony Obi (Instrumentation Engineering), Adjei Steve Adjetey (Instrumentation Engineering), Ikpe Mfonobong Ayakndue, Telecommunication Engineering), Israel Chukwukelu, (Instrumentation Engineering), Agnes Nakie Agbettor-Darko (App. Elec. & Systems Engineering) Emmanuel Panfo Odoom, (Applied Electronics & Systems Engineering). They are all currently in their third year of study.
Sharing his comments about the competition; Israel Chukwukelu, one of the Regent team members who presented and defended the project, was full of gratitude and hope.
“We are grateful to God first of all for making this possible and for Regent University College of Science Technology for sponsoring the team to participate in the competition. The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at Regent, Dr. Paul K. Obeng, was very instrumental, and Mr. Isaac Kuma Yeboah, who supervised us and was the guiding force for the whole project”, he said.
“The competition is a great initiative by GhIE. Creating such a competitive platform for engineering students to develop innovative solutions to problems in society is commendable. I believe such platforms will help make Ghana, Africa and the world a much better place”, said Israel.
“Patrons of the Ghana Engineering Students Association (Regent-Chapter), members of the entire Regent delegation, and staff of the Engineering Department at Regent all contributed immensely to our success”, he added.
The grand finale will be held in Accra on a later date.