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Prof. Soboyejo profiled on the Princeton homepage

Posted on July 2, 2009

Camel Fridge

Prof. Soboyejo's development work has been profiled alongside that of Prof. Edgar Choueiri in an article featured on the Princeton homepage. Special focus is given on the camel fridge project, including a short film profiling the efforts.

Here is an excerpt from the article:

Homeward bound: Princeton engineers promote science in their native countries The stories that Edgar Choueiri and Winston Soboyejo tell of their native countries and of their own careers are strangely similar. Choueiri got hooked on rocket science in Lebanon, where as a boy growing up during the Apollo era he blasted toy rockets into the sky and watched them climb furiously then arc back to Earth. His favorite, one that got its thrust from pressurized water, would inspire him decades later in his research as a rocket scientist.

Soboyejo traces his love for science and engineering to Nigeria, where as a teenager he attended his father's lectures at the University of Lagos and learned from engineers at his father's engineering firm as they designed the tallest skyscrapers in the country's largest city. Read More...

Solar-Powered Vaccine Transport System Tested in Ethiopia and Kenya

Posted on March 21, 2009

Testing the System in Kenya

A solar-powered vaccine refrigerator has been developed to transport vaccines to remote places that cannot be reached by landrover. The refrigerator, which can be mounted on the back of a camel, has been tested in Afar, Ethiopia, and the Laikipia District of Kenya. It is currently being used by the Nomadic Peoples’ Trust to transport vaccines to people in rural areas of Laikipia District, which is a region of Kenya that is twice the size of Israel, and comparable in are to Wales in the United Kingdom.

You can find a short film on the project (made before the field testing in Ethiopia and Kenya) here.

Hands-on engineering, campus visit inspire former refugees

Posted on August 7, 2008

News 4

As part of a summer program run by the International Rescue Committee, children who once lived in refugee camps came to Princeton University to learn about science and engineering by designing clay water filters and solar ovens.

“We want the students to see that science and engineering are not intimidating, but areas of endeavor where, if you’re motivated, you can do things that not only help you learn, but also make an impact,” explains Wole Soboyejo, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, in this story by Hilary Parker. “At the same time, I think we can inspire them to achieve their academic dreams and life goals without feeling constrained by their refugee status or financial resources.”

Read the official press release from Princeton University

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