The VC, Prof. Eze Commends Efforts, Gesture 8th July 2020 marked yet another remarkable day to cheer within the FUTO Community in its entirety.
On the fateful day, two different teams separately comprising staff and students of the revered University presented two distinct mechanical ventilators to the Management of the institution ably led by Prof. Francis Chukwuemeka Eze, FNIP in their bid to combat the lingering dreaded Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic that’s bedevilling the global human race.
Upon the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Management under the watch of the Vice-Chancellor (VC) Prof. F. C. Eze thought it wise to assemble a team of staff and students of the University that could assist the University in manufacturing a set of ventilators.
The team, therefore, was duly funded by the institution. The Management did not relent in providing every needed support and encouragement, despite the challenges, to ensure the team delivered as expected.
The members of the team of staff are: Engr. Prof. N. V. Ogueke, Engr. Dr. Godswill Nwaji, Engr. Boniface Okonkwo and Engr. Samuel Ehujuo who are of Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics departments.
In his presentation, the Team Leader, Engr. Prof. Ogueke took time to highlight the parameters that made up their own product. He disclosed that the gadget could best be described as Quantum-Mechanical Ventilator.
On the part of the students’ team comprising Isaac Uchechukwu Edmund and Ebulue Ifeanyichukwu Henry, their product was designed with variable parameters which are essential, towards ensuring its suitability for all kinds of individuals or patients.
According to the students who are of the Electrical & Electronic Engineering (EEE) Department, the ventilator is digital, smart, portable, cost-effective and rechargeable, so it can be carried around with ease especially during emergency sessions.
It is made up of oxygen volume level, inhale/exhale ratio and breath per minute rate.
It would be recalled that the students in question, whose company name is SENTINEL DESIGNS, have earlier manufactured a certain electronic device to help tackle the COVID-19 scourge, and had also garnered an international award to their credit.
The VC, Prof. Eze – having deeply commended the teams – ensured that the University would not relent in coming up with devices that are needed by the society, particularly at this period of health challenge.
He equally talked about the compelling need for the University to produce more durable equipment. He said “we shall discover our limitations, to ensure we develop more ventilators with better quality and durability. So, we won’t stop at this.”
The HOD of the EEE Department and the Dean of the School of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SEET) – Engr. Dr. Mrs. I. E. Achumba and Engr. Prof. J. C. Ezeh, respectively – expressed delight over the performance of the two teams.