| Through the new Faculty
Without Borders program, Rose-Hulman students, faculty,
and alumni are expanding global experiences in Kenya with
hopes of shedding light on educational and
Four professors spent two weeks in the
African country this summer to seek global design projects,
create faculty collaborations, and open dialogue
for ideas to develop alternate light sources as part of
an Edu-Light Africa project.
"Lighting is a critical issue in
developing countries," says Charles Joenathan,
Ph.D., head of the 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 [in Kenya and] throughout the world."
He concludes: "As engineers and scientists,
if we don't lead, who will?"
Rose-Hulman is among a select number of U.S.
colleges and universities participating in the National
Science Foundation's Smart Lighting Project with hopes
that the Edu-Light Africa initiative would be part of Rose
Joining Joenathan on this
summer's exploratory trip were mechanical engineering
professors Ashley Bernal,
|Ph.D. (ME, 2006), and
Richard Onyancha, Ph.D., and geography professor Michael
Kukral, Ph.D. They visited Moi University in Eldoret
and Egerton University in Nakru to seek collaborative
global design project experiences for mechanical
engineering students. There was also dialogue
with teachers and administrators at high schools in
several communities to determine their current needs and
inspire future engineers.
"The possibilities are endless and could
mutually benefit people from both countries [the U.S. and
Kenya]," says Onyancha, a Kenyan native. "Any
relationship with these Kenyan