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Presentation delivered by Prof. Saurabh Sinha, Director: Carl & Emily Fuchs Institute for Microelectronics, Dept.: Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng., Univ. of Pretoria, South Africa

Date of presentation at the Lemon Tree Hotel, HITEC City, Hyderabad, India - 2 Dec. 2012

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  1. 1. EPICS-in-IEEE Presentation at EPICS-IEEEWorkshop in Hyderabad, India Kapil Dandekar (co-leader) Saurabh Sinha (co-leader) Prasanna Venkatesan Nana-Ampofo Ampofo-Anti Maciej Borowka Supavadee Aramvith www.ieee.org/go/epics-high
  2. 2. EPICS-in-IEEE – Humanitarian and Education Initiative Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) – Organizes university and high-school students to work on engineering-related projects for local area non-profit organizations. – Conceived and championed by IEEE 2007 President Leah Jamieson, Purdue University. EPICS-in-IEEE - New Social Innovation Programme – Empowers student branches and IEEE GOLD groups to work with high school students on community service-related engineering projects2 4-Dec-12
  3. 3. EPICS-in-IEEE Team Kapil Dandekar (USA) Saurabh Sinha (South Africa) Prasanna Venkatesan (India) Nana-Ampofo Ampofo-Anti (South Africa) Maciej Borowka (Poland) Supavadee Aramvith (Thailand) Team mailing list address: epics-high@ieee.org3 4-Dec-12
  4. 4. About the Initiative The Need: – Community service organizations need help from people with technical backgrounds to leverage technology to deliver the services they provide. – There is a need to emphasize the role of community service to students in IEEE’s fields of technical interest. Supports IEEE Strategic Goals – Profession: Education – Public: Image of IEEE and the Profession – Organization: Members and Volunteers – Organization: IEEE the Association4 12/4/2012
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  6. 6. IEEE/IRE History IRE’s formation – Titanic – Radio technology6 4-Dec-12
  7. 7. EPICS-in-IEEE – Engineering Social Innovation through University and Pre- University Education Non-govt./Non-  University profit student organization(s) branch(es) The World Association of Non-Governmental Organizations (WANGO) Community  Secondary Partner/ School “Recipient” External Partner(s) Sponsor(s) 7 12/4/2012
  8. 8. Life without engineers? (1)8 4-Dec-12
  9. 9. Life without engineers? (2)9 4-Dec-12
  10. 10. Be The Change You Want to See in the World - M.K. Gandhi10 4-Dec-12
  11. 11. Principal Outcomes of EPICS-in- IEEE Establish a relationship between the student branches in each of the participating Sections, a local high school (or schools), and non-profit or humanitarian organizations in each venue. – Focused on development of devices and systems for the benefit of the target audiences of the non-profit community partners. Develop training resources to train local section champions on EPICS and service learning. These section champions, and the volunteers they train, will be empowered to disseminate the model further – locally and to other Sections.11 4-Dec-12
  12. 12. Objectives of EPICS-in-IEEEIncrease high school student interest inpursuing an engineering-related career pathLeverage the EPICS program demonstratedability to reach female and under-representedstudentsIncrease the reputation of IEEE in the publicAccentuate IEEE’s transnational nature byconducting the effort over IEEE Sections all overthe world12 4-Dec-12
  13. 13. Initiative Progress Since 2009, 28 projects received funding – exceeded target number of awarded projects each year Involving over 95 volunteers with 140 University Students and 265 (29 % female) pre-university students impacting thousands in communities around the world Technical solutions addressing – Human services (4 projects) – Access and abilities (3 projects) – Education and outreach (9 projects) – Environment (10 projects) Papers presented at the 2011 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)13 12/4/2012
  14. 14. EPICS-in-IEEE around the world 14 12/4/2012
  15. 15. EPICS Around the World15
  16. 16. Making a Difference Around the World –One Project at a Time # OF PROJECTS Argentina 3 Belgium 1 India 6 28 PROJECTS IN Namibia 1 11 COUNTRIES Nigeria 1 (regions 2, 8, 9 & 10) South Africa 5 Uganda 2 United States 4 Uruguay 2 Zambia 2 Zimbabwe 1 16 12/4/2012
  17. 17. Drexel University SB (Philadelphia Section, USA) –Clean Air Council Philadelphia Section in partnership with the Philadelphia Clean Air Council and Science Leadership Academy developed an air quality sensor network for monitoring residential areas in South Philadelphia. These sensors determine air quality in various Philadelphia neighborhoods to provide “first screening” for EPA standards. Student groups: designed and manufactured wireless interface & sensor, deployed materials through city, designed algorithm to map sensor network, evaluated effects and sensitivity of weather conditions on sensors 18 university and 65 high schools17 4-Dec-12 students involved
  18. 18. University of Cape Town (South Africa Section, South Africa) - Western Cape BreezeThe University of Cape Town StudentBranch developed a wind powerturbine out of scrap material whichwas able to deliver 50 W of power.Wind turbine with potential to beused as lighting for the school or fora mobile clinic.Over 7 sessions, secondary schoolstudents met to learn aboutrenewable energy and to constructthe wind turbine. Students learnedimportance of design andenvironmental impact. 7 university and 10 (4 female) high 18 4-Dec-12 schools students involved
  19. 19. University of Cape Town SB - Oaklands School Computer Lab Renewable Energy Audit and Alternative Energy InstallationUCT Student Branch was given20 PCs from the UCTEngineering and BuiltEnvironment faculty.PCs are 3-4 years old butreceived technological upgradesand installed in Oaklands HighSchool.Students learned how to assessenergy consumption and 6 vols, 8 university and 11 (4 female)conduct energy audits, and high schools students involvedlearn about environmentalimpacts. 19 4-Dec-12
  20. 20. Hybrid Renewable Energy Supply for Oaklands High School PC Lab – Outcomes Scope changes due to construction work led to division of project into Phase A and B Phase A was completed in 2010 – installation of power supply and construction of models Phase B was completed in 2011 – donation of PC’s for new lab [1] Applied lessons learnt from 2009 pilot project – Team Structure – Early Planning – Careful partner and school selection [1] D. Oyedokun, N-A. Ampofo-Anti, S. Sinha, “Hybrid – Relied on existing network of contacts Renewable Energy Used to Power Computer Laboratory: within University A Project by University of Cape Town IEEE Student Branch,” Proceedings: IEEE Global Humanitarian20 12/4/2012 Technology Conference (GHTC), 30 Oct. - 1 Nov. 2011, Seattle, pp. 131 - 136.
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  22. 22. Kyambogo University (Uganda) - Poverty Reduction And Environmental Conservation Through Solar Powered SolutionsStudents translate their theoreticalknowledge in engineering into skills todevelop clean technologies which willreduce the use of fossil oil, lampsstoves, and wood-fuel (used by 90 % ofUgandans) to sustain a clean environment.Students from Kyambogo Universityworked with students at Agha Khan HighSchool to create a solar powered phonecharger with solar charging controllersdesigned and built for low-incomecommunities.22 4-Dec-12
  23. 23. Solar Water Geyser Modelling and Installation at Children’s Home - Overview 2011/12 UCT Project yielded a fully functional solar water geyser model Emasithandane Children’s Home in Nyanga did not have a functioning geyser 2 High Schools participated including students staying at the home High School Learner Roles: Design and Construct model 25 L geyser NGO Partners: Crossing Borders, Emasithandane Children’s Home Raised over $50,000 funding from Crossing Borders, Stuttgart and local firms: MLT, Hills Solar, Eskom, Solaire Direct23 12/4/2012
  24. 24. Solar Water Geyser Modelling and Installation at Children’s Home – Technical & Outcomes High School learners built a 1 kW array of solar panels from solar cells and a 25 litres solar water geyser Project team visited one of the largest PV model manufacturing company in the Southern Hemisphere, Solaire Direct technologies24 12/4/2012
  25. 25. Microsensors for Air Quality Observations - Overview Postgraduate students – Compose and test Hypothesis encompassing broader issues relating to ambient air-quality microsensors for smart Earth Observations. Undergraduate Students – As part of one-experiment to investigate sensitive silicon (Si) chips towards measuring a priority air-quality pollutant. – To propose an integration of such a Si chip for a portable device, ideally coupled with a GSM transceiver. St Alban’s College learners – To construct a board-level design, including a conventional off-the-shelf air-quality sensor, and replicate (x 3) the boards; designating such a board as a “wireless node.” – The board-level development will be analogous to works done at Drexel [1]; it will further be complementary (as a “quick solution”) to the works being done by the “partner” undergraduate EPR400/2 students (Univ. of Pretoria, South Africa). – Two student groups will repeat the work using two different sensors (measuring the same pollutant criteria – to compare results). – Design and developed kits to also serve as an educational or teaching kit for improving the public understanding of air-quality. [2] K. Dandekar, S. Sinha and N-A. Ampofo-Anti, “IEEE-Based Implementation of Engineering Projects in Community Service,” Proceedings: IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC), 30 Oct. - 1 Nov. 2011, Seattle, pp. 481 - 486.25 12/4/2012
  26. 26. Microsensors for Air Quality Observations – Partners Work with the National Science and Technology Forum – Promote IEEE activities generally in areas where the IEEE “flag” or brand is less known. – Improve the public visibility of Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineers, Univ. of Pretoria – Take forward designed “educational kits” towards teaching of basic microsensor applications at secondary schools in previously disadvantaged areas – Assist in seeking future funding partners for EPICS-in-IEEE (South Africa)26 12/4/2012
  27. 27. Call for Proposals Through this initiative, EA will provide funding support for approved projects in IEEEs fields of interest which address one or more areas: – Education: Pre-university schools, museums, adult learning programs, after school programs – Access and abilities: adaptive services, clinics for children with disabilities, programs for adults with disabilities, assistive technology – Human services: homelessness prevention, affordable housing, family and children agencies, neighborhood revitalization, local government – Environment: environmental organizations, neighborhood associations, parks & recreation27 4-Dec-12
  28. 28. Proposals Tips Project proposal must be championed by an IEEE Section student branch or GOLD group Non profit humanitarian organization needs to be identified who will provide a relevant engineering project that the team can undertake in one or more of the EPICS core areas Pre-university students also need to be mentored by the team on project related activities so that they can learn more about engineering and engineering design Proposal form can be downloaded from: www.ieee.org/education_careers/education/preuniver sity/EPICSApplication.html28 4-Dec-12
  29. 29. Example: UCT IEEE SB Structure Student Branch Technical Standing Chapters+ Committees Affinity groups Communication Project PES WiE Publicity Membership Finance Society Committee EPICS-High CLAP REL There is good synergy between the projects committee, technical chapters and WiE CLAP- Computer Literacy for Academic Purpose REL- Renewable Energy Literacy WiE- Women in Engineering29
  30. 30. Example: Financial summary (1) Revenue SourcesRevenue Source Source percentage of total revenueIEEE 18.34% R 64 972.80 $9 554.82Solaire Direct 28.20% R 99 891.00 $14 689.85MLT 5.65% R 20 000.00 $2 941.18Hills Solar 2.54% R9 000.00 $1 323.53old PC sales 8.47% R 30 000.00 $4 411.76Dept of EE, UCT 1.41% R5 000.00 $735.29Eskom 4.23% R 15 000.00 $2 205.88Eskom Rebate 3.16% R 11 209.00 $1 648.38Crossing border 25.40% R 90 000.00 $13 235.29Crossing Border donation 2.60% R9 200.00 $1 352.94 R 354 272.80 $52 098.94 30 12/4/2012
  31. 31. Example: Financial summary (2) IEEE and External Funding 18% IEEE Funding External Funding 82%31 12/4/2012
  32. 32. EPICS Summary Through development of an EPICS model, IEEE will strengthen its position as a leader in pre- university student education and recruitment, while performing a public service to community- based non-profit organizations www.ieee.org/go/epics-high32 4-Dec-12
  33. 33. IEEE Not a member? – Please join: www.ieee.org/join33 4-Dec-12
  34. 34. ContactProf. Saurabh Sinha, SMIEEE, Pr EngGroup Head: Electronics & MicroelectronicsDept.: Electrical, Electronic & Computer Eng.University of Pretoria, South AfricaTel: +27 12 420 2950Fax: +27 12 362 5115E-mail: ssinha@ieee.org 34 12/4/2012
  35. 35. 28 Projects in 11 Countries (1)Year Country Project Title Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment 2011 Argentina (WEEE) Recycling Program 2011 Argentina IP telephony system implementation Design, development and construction of modular educational kits for teaching electronics in high school level for public schools in the 2011 Argentina Province of Cordoba Construction of solar cells to meet basic needs of 2010 Belgium Bagaya, Senegal 2011 India Video learning for rural schools Humanitarian computing local solutions for the 2011 India visually impaired37 12/4/2012
  36. 36. 28 Projects in 11 Countries (2)Year Country Project Title Device to assist spastic children with 2010 India communication 2010 India Synchronous traffic control system 2011 India Green cart Device to assist communication of disabled based 2011 India on hand gesture recognition 2010 Namibia Mobile science lab for high school In rural area Image processing approach to the modeling and 2011 Nigeria design of an intelligent traffic control system South 2011 Africa Air-quality microsensors for earth observations38 12/4/2012
  37. 37. 28 Projects in 11 Countries (3)Year Country Project Title South 2009 Africa Western Cape breeze South Computer lab renewable energy audit and 2010 Africa alternative energy installation South Photovoltaic powered study lamp incorporating 2010 Africa an AM/FM radio and mobile phone charger South Modeling and installation of a solar water geyser 2011 Africa at Emasithandane childrens home in Nyanga Poverty reduction and environmental 2010 Uganda conservation through solar powered solutions Developing, producing and deploying lightning 2012 Uganda arrestors to curb lightning39 12/4/2012
  38. 38. 28 Projects in 11 Countries (4)Year Country Project Title 2010 Uruguay Pro E-Scientia – language translation Elementary energy – Electrical energy to rural 2010 Uruguay elementary school 2009 USA Clean air council – air quality monitoring Wind-powered electrical supply for humanitarian 2011 USA field operations Renewable energy for sustainable development 2011 USA laboratory 2011 USA Air quality monitoring of Marcellus Shale drilling sites OpenBTS (Open Base Transceiver Station) 2010 Zambia implementation In Chikankata 2010 Zambia Digital teaching units On-Line monitoring of lightning incidence and40 2010 Zimbabwe 12/4/2012 severity in rural Zimbabwe