Engineering Students Association (ESA) held the second edition of the engineering innovation awards on March 7, 2017 at Intercontinental hotel. The awards seek to reward innovations by students that aim to solve challenges in three thematic pillars of vision 2030: the social, political and economic pillars.
The event was introduced in 2015 by Dr. Musimba, Kibwezi West Member of Parliament to challenge student’s creativity in innovating new solutions. In 2016, he provided a Kshs. 1.5 million prize funds o as to encourage student innovations that aim to solve challenges in the three thematic pillars of vision 2030.
This year’s call for projects saw a whopping 117 projects submitted for competition among students. The projects were judged by an independent panel of judges which selected the best projects for the awards. Various winners in the different pillars were awarded; those who submitted projects and didn’t win were not left behind as they were appreciated with KES1000 Nakumatt shopping vouchers. There was a great display of creativity among the students.
On March 3, 2017, the School of Engineering at the University organized a career open day at the University to showcase different engineering programmes and technologies to the rest of the universities and students.
Engineering Students Association is a professional body in the School of Engineering, University of Nairobi that brings together students with the aim of developing a platform to grow all rounded individuals through projects and activities planned by the committee.
ESA acknowledges the need to encourage students to go beyond classroom work and cultivate their creativity in order to provide solutions to problems. It enables students have their work recognized and critiqued by professional engineers and companies, creating a positive work environment and support for innovations in Engineering.