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Global Design--Global Impact Students design and build sustainable technology projects in Africa

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org

Citation:  Resource Magazine. 19(3): 4-6. (doi: 10.13031/2013.41349) @2012
Authors:   John Lumkes
Keywords:   Camaroon, Purdue, basic utility vehicle,BUV, student design competition, ACREST

The story starts a few years ago, when I called my mom and said, I might be traveling with Purdue students to Cameroon to work on several design projects. Her answer was a simple question: Why? Two trips and three student design teams later, Im not sure I can give a simple, concise answer, but let me try. Although this article comes from my perspective, it really is about the students who have participated, the results we are starting to see from the projects, and the friendships we now have in a small village in Africa. Projects thus far include basic utility vehicles (BUVs), wind power, hydroelectric power, and fuel briquettes from waste biomass.

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