19th February, 2013
Sci-Fi Web Technologies is helping sponsor a team from the university
to work on the development of IT-based systems to monitor and manage
water usage and waste generation on the Ashesi campus. The projects are
being conducted in collaboration with a team of students from Carnegie
Mellon University (CMU) under the iSTEP summer internship program
organized by the TechBridgeWorld research group at CMU.
The Ashesi research team members
are Sonia Adda - 2012, Diana Dayaka Osei - 2012, Nii Adjetey Sowah -
2012, Selase Attah Kwamuar - 2013, Juliana Esi T. Botsio - 2012, Maame
Abena Owusua Owusu-Acheaw - 2012 and Kanba Daniel Tapang - 2011. The CMU
research team is made up of Scott Andes, Corinne Clinch, Julie Mallis,
Ronnell Perry and Sandeep Reddy Munnangi.
As Ashesi expands its
infrastructure and enrolls more students, there is a need to better
manage resources like water and to monitor the university's generation
and disposal of waste that could harm our environment. The CMU-Ashesi
team will be conducting thorough background research and needs
assessment during the first few weeks of the project and their findings
will be used to develop solutions to suit the campus' needs.
In addition, the team will
provide suggestions on how these solutions can be incorporated into
future phases of campus construction. The technology solutions that come
out of this project will be open sourced for the benefit of the global
community. The team keeps a very lively online journal of their
experiences working on the project on their blog:
The Ashesi alumni organisations
decided to sponsor the project because they believe that it will serve
'to build capacity in the students and encourage initiatives that go to
improve lives of community members and improve the general living
conditions on campus'.