Three Engineering students from the School of Engineering and Technology participated in the 5th Bio-Medical Engineering Innovators' Summer School (BME-ISS 2016) program that was held in Cairo, Egypt from 23rd to – 27th January, 2017.The three students: Kelvin Mwangi (5th year Electrical Engineering), Crystal Kayaro and Bazil Masabo (both 4th year Bio-Medical Engineering) were accompanied by their instructor and the Dean – School of Engineering-, Eng. Martin Nzomo. The students were selected on merit, based on the innovative projects they had submitted to the selection panel last year.
The Innovators’ Summer School is a week-long program which involves intensive interaction of university students, industry leaders and biomedical Engineering Professors. This program is held in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The theme of the Summer School was Big Data for Improved Health Outcomes in Africa.
The program was designed to enhance engineering training in Africa, promote innovation and inculcate entrepreneurial skills among innovators and to encourage multi-disciplinary and multinational teams. The students presented their innovative projects to a panel of professors drawn from different universities and disciplines and were mentored on how to push their inventions to feasible business ideas. Professors from various universities also lectured students on topics such as: Advanced Medical Imaging, Nanotechnology in Bio-medicine, Digital Signal Processing, Hospital Design and Entrepreneurship in Biomedical Engineering. The students also had a chance to visit leading Biomedical Engineering firms in Cairo, from which they learnt the various business opportunities available in the field.