Rocket Stove wins student engineers a place in the finals of national competition
18 June 2015
Supported by the Engineering Council and the Engineering
Professors' Council, the EWB
Challenge was developed in conjunction with Nepal Water for Health (NEWAH) - an
NGO in Nepal working towards clean drinking water, hygiene promotion and
sanitation. First and second year students from 23 UK universities were asked to
develop design ideas to benefit a hilltop community in the Gorkha district.
Adam Kater, Michael James, Alex Jackson and Fathi Muhammad - students on the
HND Building Services Engineering course – were given a place in the finals
which took place at Nottingham Trent University in June.
team's prototype 'rocket stove' was created from locally available materials,
recyclables and resources. The design tackled the problem of smoke inhalation,
which hugely affected the health of the local community in Nepal, by reducing
the amount of smoke produced when cooking. Their proposal also utilised the
latent heat from the cooker, which can be used in winter months to contribute
to the heating of a home.
group presented and defended their project to a panel of independent judges, including
President of the Engineering Professors' Council, Professor Stephanie Haywood,
and were commended for the application of the concept and their consideration
of how to communicate its use to the community.
Senior Lecturer in LSBU's School of Engineering Alessio
Corso said: "The decisions that Engineers make can have an
immense impact on the world and the EWB Challenge helps to place a real life
context to some of this impact. We try to teach engineering students to
consider these things at the heart of any decision that they make.
"I am so proud of Adam, Alex, Michael and
presentation and the manner in which they conducted themselves at the EWB
Challenge National Finals was exemplary. Their professionalism shone through;
they were quite simply the best ambassadors for London South Bank University that
I could have asked for."
Katie Cresswell-Maynard, Head of Learning, Research &
Innovation at Engineers Without Borders UK, added: "The team
from LSBU came up with an alternative cooking technology to overcome health
issues associated with inhaling smoke emitted from traditional methods. Their
'Rocket Stove' used recycled materials available locally and so highlighted the
team's sensitivity to making engineering and technology appropriate for both
its use and context."
HND Building Services Engineering student Adam Kater said: "The
EWB final was an excellent experience. It felt great to be a part of something
so rewarding. The challenge also helped me to gain presentation experience
which will assist me at work and during the rest of my time at LSBU."