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A REPORT ON THE ENGINEERING IN SOCIETY (CENG 291) 2016 CLINIC

A REPORT ON THE ENGINEERING IN SOCIETY (CENG 291) 2016 CLINIC

A REPORT ON THE ENGINEERING IN SOCIETY (CENG 291) 2016 CLINIC

Introduction

The Engineering in Society programme (CENG 291) offers students and practicing engineers an opportunity to bring their expertise to bear on solving the problems of our communities. The Course has been running for the past 3 years and is structured in three key blocks. The first block involves a 4 day clinic which gives students an orientation of what engineering is about and also provides them with the needed training to be able to identify engineering problems in their communities and attempt a solution to them. The second block involves the actual field work which requires the students going to their communities to identify an engineering problem and attempting a solution under the guidance of their departmental coordinators and other lecturers. The third and final block involves compiling a report on what has been done on the field and defending the report before a panel of experts in the department. This report throws more light on the just ended CENG 291 Clinic 2016 which sought to equip the students for the task ahead.

 

Launching of CENG 291 2016 Programme of Activities

The programme of activities for the CENG 291 2016 was launched on the 15th of April 2016 by Ing Prof. S.I.K Ampadu the Provost of the College of Engineering. He mentioned that since its inception in 2013, the engineering in society program has focused on inculcating in students an appreciation of the fact that the purpose of engineering is to solve problems. He also stressed on the fact that, the program is designed to encourage students to draw a link between their chosen field of engineering and the application of that field to the challenges that the society faces daily. He encouraged the first year students never to underrate themselves or let any other person do so especially regarding their intellectual capabilities.

2016 Provost

2016 Launching

 

Opening of the Clinic

The CENG 291 Clinic began on the 10th of May, 2016 with an opening ceremony in which Ing. Prof. Mark Adom Asamoah the acting Provost served as its keynote speaker. In his opening speech he encouraged the students to take advantage of the opportunity the clinic offers and see it as an avenue to write their names among the stars. He stressed that Engineering goes beyond solving differential equations and must bring positive change in the lives of others. He assured them that the College and KNUST were solidly behind them in their quest to make an impact in their communities.

Prof Mark

2016 Opening

 

Clinic Lectures

Participants were taken through very important issues relating to the economy and development. Coming from a great institution like KNUST, the participants received lectures on the history and core values of KNUST and the College of Engineering. Also to help them gain a better perspective of the economy they were taken through a lecture on Economic Indicators as a Measure of Economic Performance. Various experts gave presentations on the Challenges of Development, these issues bothered on Agriculture and Food Security, Water and Sanitation, Power Generation and Distribution as well as Alternative Sources of Power and the Challenges of Transportation. After this series of presentations on the Challenges of Development, the Engineering in Society Project which seeks to draw a connection between the Challenges and how Engineering can serve as a solution was presented. The lectures were issued in an interactive environment where students were given the opportunity to ask questions and also to make contributions. On the last day of the clinic the students received a lecture on Engineering Problem Solving which sought to guide students on how to tackle problems as Engineers.

Below is a list of the various topics and the resource persons:

SN

Topic

Resource Person

1

The history of KNUST and CoE. The Vision, Mission and Core Values of KNUST

Ing. E. Baah Ennumh

2

The Economic Indicators, The structure of Economy of Ghana

Prof. Y. A. Tuffour

3

The Challenges of Agriculture and Food Security

Prof. Samson Agozo

4

Alternative Sources of Energy Generation

Dr. Gabriel Takyi

5

The Challenges of Power Generation and Distribution and its Effects on the Economy

Dr. E.A. Frimpong

6

The Challenges of Water and Sanitation in Ghana

Dr. Richard Buamah

7

Challenges of Transportation in Ghana

Rev. Dr. C.A. Adams

8

The Engineering in Society Project

Prof. S.I.K Ampadu

9

Engineering Problem Solving

Dr. J.J. Kponyo

2016 Clinic

Clinic Lectures

 

Tutorials During the Clinic

In between lectures students were taken through various tutorials which provided them with tools to enable them effectively implement their projects in the various communities. Four key topics were presented during the tutorials, these are:

  1. Introduction to search engines and research methods
  2. Structure of Project Report. Use of Headings, captions etc in MS Word
  3. Accessing the CENG291 Material and Communicating with Coordinators on the Field
  4. Preparing a Power Point Presentation

These tutorials were given by lecturers in the college of engineering and feedback received from the students so far suggests that they were extremely helpful.

Below is a list of all the facilitators:

Tutorials

Lead Facilitator

Other Facilitators

Introduction to search engines and Research Methods

Mr Kojo Aikins

Mr Mustapha Hameed

 

 

Dr Klogo Selorm

Introduction to search engines and Research Methods

Mr Faisal Wahib Adam

Dr Russel Afrifa

 

 

Mr Mustapha Hameed

 

 

Dr Emmanuel Appiah-Adjei

 

 

Dr Frederick Owusu-Nimo

Preparing a Power Point Presentation

Mr Emmanuel Amankwah

Mr Andrew S. Agbemenu

 

 

Mr Jephtah Yankey

 

 

Mr Henry Nunoo-Mensah

 

 

Dr K. A. Opare

Preparing a Power Point Presentation

Mr Benjamin Kommey

Mr Emmanuel Amankwah

 

 

Mr Frank Nyarko

Structure of Project Report Writing

Dr Francis Kemasuor

Mr Jim Mensah

 

 

Dr Quaye Ballard

 

 

Mr Joseph Akowuah

 

 

Dr K. A. Adjei

Structure of Project Report Writing

Mr Kojo Aikins

Dr Kwadwo Mensah Darkwa

 

 

Mr Dennis Dzebre

Accessing the CENG 291 Material and Communicating with Coordinators on the Field

Mr Chiri Amedjoe

Dr Abdul-Rahman Ahmed

 

 

Mr Solomon Gidigasu

Accessing the CENG 291 Material and Communicating with Coordinators on the Field

Mr Akwasi Acheampong Afrifa

Dr. Mrs. M. A. D. Rockson

 

 

Dr E. T. Tchao

Accessing the CENG 291 Material and Communicating with Coordinators on the Field

Mr Prince Odame

Dr Lena Mensah

 

 

Dr Benjamin Afotey

2016 Tutorial

2016 Clinic

 

Engineering Problem Solving Workshop

After the lecture on Engineering Problem Solving the students were taken through an engineering problem solving workshop in which lecturers from the various departments engaged students by giving them sample problems and taking them through how those problems could be solved. The students were then given various tasks and put in groups to work on arriving at a solution to the problem. The objective of this exercise was to mimic what the students will be doing during the vacation.

workshop

workshop2

workshop3

workshop4

 

Resources Available for the Clinic

In the successful execution of the clinic the following resources were made available to us:

 

Resource Persons

 

SN

Resource Person

Role

1

Ing. Dr. Jerry John Kponyo

College Course Coordinator

2

Ing. Dr. Akorful-Andam

Geomatic Engineering Coordinator

3

Ing. Dr. Francis Kemasour

Agric Engineering Coordinator

4

Dr. Mrs. Helen Essandoh

Civil Engineering Coordinator

5

Mr. E. O. K. Addo

Electrical/Electronic Engineering Coordinator

6

Mr. Chiri Amedjoe

Geomatic Engineering Coordinator

7

Mr. Emmanuel Amankwah

Materials Engineering Coordinator

8

Mr. Wahib Faisal Adam

Mechanical Engineering

9

Mr. Mustapha Hameed

Petroleum Engineering

10

Mrs. Emmanuella Kwao-Boateng

Chemical Engineering

11

Ing. Benjamin Kommey

Computer Engineering

12

Ing. Dr. Anthony Andrews

College Exams Officer

13

Mr. Edward Opoku

Technician who helped with the PA System

14

Justice Owusu Agyemang

Final Year Student Telecom Engineering

15

Michael Yorke Tetteh

TA Materials Engineering

16

John Yeboah

TA Chemical Engineering

17

George

TA Electrical Engineering

18

Mr. Patrick Asiedu

Arrangement of chairs in the classrooms

19

Mr. Peter Nsobila

Arrangement of chairs in the classrooms

20

Tabi Obuor Stephen

Arrangement of chairs in the classrooms

21

Voh-Boare Bazaah

Arrangement of chairs in the classrooms

 

Infrastructural Resources

 

22

College of Engineering Auditorium

Lectures

23

PB001

Tutorial Classroom

24

PB014

Tutorial Classroom

25

PB020

Tutorial Classroom

26

All Classrooms in CoE

Engineering Problem Solving Workshop

 

Logistics

 

 

Provost Office

 

 

It is important to mention that these resources are listed in addition to all who were involved in giving lectures and tutorials during the clinic.

Resource P

 

Closing of the Clinic

In closing the clinic, Ing. Prof. S.I.K Ampadu admonished the students to go out there and make a difference. He encouraged them to remember that their intelligence and giftedness are for a purpose, to uplift everybody but first, they need to uplift themselves. He also charged them to go out with an opened eye to identify challenges and solve them. The Provost concluded by thanking all the Departmental Coordinators, the College Coordinator, other Lecturers and Teaching Assistants who committed their time and other resources to make the clinic a success.

Closing1

Closing 2

 

Appreciation

I will like to express my sincerest gratitude to the following people whose support has been pivotal to the success of the just ended clinic:

  1. Ing. Prof. S.I.K Ampadu - Provost, College of Engineering
  2. Ing Prof. Mark Adom Asamoah – Dean Faculty of Civil and Geo Engineering
  3. Mr. Kwame Yeboah - Registrar, College of Engineering
  4. Mr Amoh - Provost Office
  5. Ms Samuella Denise Boadu - Provost Office


Recommendation

The CENG 291 Course has been running since 2013 and as is the convention in this University is due for review. The course has generated a lot of interest over the years and a public forum to evaluate the course and improve upon its implementation for better impact will be a step in the right direction.

 

Compiled by:

Ing. Dr. Jerry John Kponyo

(College Course Coordinator)