Wilkes University Students Bring Internet to Bangladesh Village
A team of Wilkes University engineering, business and communication studies students traveled to the Bangladesh village of Gushe Kande from May 1-7 to install a solar generator. The generator is providing electricity to charge iPads, making Internet access possible for the first time to children in the Gush Kande Primary School.
Wilkes student engineers are required to complete a hands-on senior project that solves a real-world problem. The Bangladesh project is the senior project for these student engineers, who designed and installed the system and a shed to protect it from the weather. The students also handled the logistics of getting the equipment to the remote village after flying into Dhaka, some three hours away.
Wilkes became involved in the project after a student in its doctor of education program, Ty Frederickson, shared his dream of bringing internet access to Gush Kande. Frederickson is a teacher at ABA, an international school in Muscat, Oman. Wilkes offers its doctoral program in education online to a cohort of teachers at the school. Frederickson has been working with the school in Bangladesh since 2010.
Members of the project team included project leader Christa Tutella, an electrical engineering senior, who completed work on the project in the United States. The Bangladesh team included Eric Danko, and Dustin Hough, senior mechanical engineering majors; Joshua Haag, senior business major; Ryan Wood, senior communication studies major; Todd Oravic, senior engineering student; and Syed Kalim, professor of mechanical engineer. Electrical engineer Sulamain Alhojairi also worked on the project .
The slideshow of photographs by Wilkes communications studies senior Ryan Wood captures the Wilkes’ students trip to Bangladesh.