An inventive technology solution can represent the difference between health and illness, between independence and dependence, between support and isolation or between economic security and profound poverty. This is the type of difference that EPICS in IEEE students are making around the world. At the same time, the success of EPICS in IEEE projects globally helps show students how engineering can be used for the good of the community and to transform lives. A representative selection of projects made possible by EPICS in IEEE worldwide includes:
Solar Water Heaters
For the most vulnerable people on the planet, having hot water to wash themselves, as well as for laundry and other household uses, is an almost unimaginable luxury.
While searching for an EPICS in IEEE project that would make a significant local impact, leaders of the IEEE South Africa Section learned about Emasithandane Children’s Home. Located in Nyanga, which is a Cape Town township, the home takes in youngsters who have been abandoned or orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS. It was in great need of many of the most basic necessities. But daily life throughout Nyanga is one of myriad struggles; it is one of the poorest and most dangerous parts of Cape Town, with considerable unemployment, crime and HIV/AIDS challenges.