Student Engineers Address Critical Needs in Liberia

Student Engineers Address Critical Needs in Liberia

Recent Cedarville electrical engineering graduate Joshua Blackburn tests a prototype of the solar-powered night-light he and others have designed and built for pastors in Liberia. Photo credit: Tom Thompson

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

June 7, 2007

Cedarville, Ohio-The end of May means Memorial Day cook-outs and the start of summer for some. But eight Cedarville University engineering students and two of their professors spent the last two weeks of May in Liberia (Africa), using their skills and technology to help others.

The team's work focused on the Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) Christian ministry campus and community in Liberia. Recently graduated engineering students Earl Girouard, Griffin Meyers, Charles Briggs, and Christopher Plume designed a cooling system for a power generation station on the campus. A group of students from Cedarville's Society of Engineers Aiding Missions (SEAM) designed and built solar-powered night-lights for pastors in remote villages.

These teams also constructed a medical waste incinerator, mapped out the campus' current water system, obtained a computer-aided design (CAD) software package suitable for the ministry, and looked at ways to address the lack of safe drinking water through lighter and more efficient well-drilling machines. A Liberian missionary blog at http://iscripts.blogspot.com shows photos and tells more.

The teams were led by Dr. Larry Zavodney, professor of mechanical engineering, and Dr. Tom Thompson, associate professor of mechanical engineering.

Through cross-cultural service, direct interaction with Liberians, and creative design using appropriate technologies, the Cedarville team further developed their vision to help meet the world's physical needs while spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The future engineers and their professors were part of the 325 other Cedarville faculty, staff, and students who are ministering abroad this summer. View a complete listing of summer ministry teams.