The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers has awarded Kyambogo University students chapter as the Most Innovative during the COVID19 Pandemic. This was during the Photonics Week in which they organized several workshops such as robotic skills, Virtual and Augmented Reality, 3D printing and webinars on leadership, future technologies among others. The Kyambogo University Student Chapter (Uganda) received this honor for their consistent involvement and dedication in leadership development, mentorship, professional development and humanitarian approaches.
Some of the most remarked projects carried out by the chapter include; the reusable pads and menstrual hygiene management project in which they trained over 100 boys and girls in Karamoja on how to make reusable pads as part of the approach to keep the girls in school.
They also invented the hands-free door opening system which helps to handle high-contact surfaces while minimizing exposure to germs, bacteria, and viruses. They developed a togikwatako tool that allows you to push/pull most public doors, press light switches, ATM keypads, elevator buttons, the car handles, flush toilet knobs, use soap dispensers, and many more infected surfaces. It may also be used as a bottle opener and a key holder.
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is one of the chapters under the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest technical professional organization.
IEEE has over 400,000 members in the world and with over 2000 branches in over 100 countries globally in which the IEEE Kyambogo University is part. This is one of the most active student societies not only in Kyambogo University but also in the world.
Ahimbisibwe Dan and Behaireyo Rhodah who are currently heading the Kyambogo chapter say that despite the COVID19 pandemic, the chapter has earned the IEEE Photonics Society the “Award” for 2021. The IEEE Photonics Society is a technical community of professionals in quantum physics, building devices, systems and products for our daily lives.