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Faculty Team Going to Kenya for EDU-Light Venture

July 12, 2012

           Kenya Faculty

Seeking Global Experiences: Phillip Cornwell (right), vice president for academic affairs, gets an update on an international educational project for Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology faculty members (from left) Mike Kukral, Charles Joenathan, Richard Onyancha and Ashley Bernal.

A multi-disciplinary faculty team will travel to Kenya from July 16-30 to create collaborations and seek global design projects with two universities. They will also visit high schools to open dialogue for ideas to develop alternate light sources as part of a proposed EDU-Light Africa project. The trip is the first part of Rose-Hulman's new Faculty without Borders program.

"Lighting is a critical issue in developing countries," stated Charles Joenathan, Ph.D., head of Rose-Hulman's Department of Physics and Optical Engineering. "We would like to see if there are ways our students can develop alternative inexpensive light sources to help people throughout the world."

The EDU-Light Africa initiative would be part of Rose-Hulman's involvement in the National Science Foundation's Smart Lighting Project. Rose-Hulman is among a select number of U.S. colleges participating in the project.

Joining Joenathan on the fact-finding trip will be mechanical engineering professors Ashley Bernal, Ph.D., and Richard Onyancha, Ph.D., and geography professor Michael Kukral, Ph.D., a former Fulbright Scholar who teaches courses in African culture. They will visit Moi University and Egerton University to seek collaborative global design project experiences for Rose-Hulman mechanical engineering students.

"We're keeping our eyes open to new projects and ideas, especially in areas about sustainability," stated Onyancha, a native of Kenya.