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Press Releases 2019

For Immediate Release
Contact: Mostafa Mortezaie
Phone: 408-306-1919


Engineering Students Unveil Projects to Help Solve World’s Humanitarian Problems at the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, Seattle, WA

Humanitarian Engineering Projects

Seattle, Wash. (14 October 2019) – Engineering students from around the world convene in Seattle, WA to present their innovative projects to solve world’s humanitarian problems by using advanced technologies to address critical issues for the benefit of the resource-constrained and vulnerable populations in the world at the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC) Student Poster Competition, Seattle, WA,  October 17, 2019:

Students’ projects support key focused areas of GHTC which is in harmony with the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals and include:

  1. Affordable & Clean Energy
  2. Agriculture & Food Security
  3. Clean Water & Sanitation
  4. Good Health and Well Being
  5. Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response & Recovery
  6. Quality Education
  7. Other Related United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Cash prizes:
Judges Award: $750
Technical Award: $500
People’s Choice Award: $25

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport

Sample of Student Projects:

  • A wind farm made of kites, a sustainable solution for renewable source of power. The kites will be built using ecologically friendly, recyclable products and will be automated to maneuver in a prescribed path to efficiently create electricity.
  • Automated Malaria Classification System, an Internet of Things (IoT) system that provides early stage diagnosis of Malaria by utilizing smartphone with attachable inexpensive microscope using an edge computing mobile application system, with image recognition algorithm and deep learning that gives accurate counts of infected blood cells with 96% accuracy.
  • Seasteading Electric Generator via Hydro-Magnetics, where magneto hydrodynamic principle is used to harness the ocean’s saline water as the electrolyte of a power generator making electrified seasteading communities a reality in the future.

Some of the students’ projects are funded by the IEEE EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Services) and students in these projects are networking with corporate and non-profit representatives to continue to design and improve projects that have immediate application in their communities.