By Bakah Derick
In a groundbreaking display of creative innovation, Neh Sandra Fongeh, a student of the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, National Higher Polytechnic Institute of the University of Bamenda defended her Bachelor's degree on Saturday, September 9, 2023, using a remarkable beans peeling machine. The unconventional approach caught the attention of faculty members, fellow students and family members alike, turning Neh's defense into a memorable event.
Neh Sandra, known for her out-of-the-box thinking and passion for engineering, mesmerized the audience with her extraordinary project during the thesis defense titled: design and realization of a manually and motorized beans shelling machine. While most students opt for a traditional presentation or experiment demonstration, Neh's choice to showcase a beans peeling machine highlighted her unique perspective on problem-solving.
The beans peeling machine which Neh estimated at about 400.000FCFA is a perfect fusion of mechanical engineering and agricultural technology designed to streamline the laborious and time-consuming process of peeling beans which she experienced first hand growing up with beans farming family. She told her jury, the machine will make beans available solving the problem of unavailability and cost.
During the thesis defense, Neh explained the intricate details of the machine's design, the principles behind its successful performance, and the potential impact it could have on various industries. Her comprehensive presentation showcased not only her technical skills but also her ability to communicate complex concepts effectively.
The University of Bamenda which is becoming renowned for its emphasis on innovation and practical application of knowledge, welcomed Neh Sandra's creative approach with enthusiasm through the jury that was visibly impressed by her ingenuity and determination. Prior to announcing her score as Excellent after her thesis defense, Dr. Tsapi Kelvin admitted that the beans shelling machine project will be very useful.
Superviced by Dr Noutegomo Boris, Neh's achievement may not only earn her a Bachelor's of Engineering Degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering but has also put her in the spotlight as a rising star in the field of engineering. With her visionary mindset and innovative approach, it is likely that she will continue to make significant contributions to the industry in the coming years.
In an interview following the defense, Neh Sandra expressed gratitude for University of Bamenda's supportive environment. "The University of Bamenda provided me with the platform to explore my ideas and turn them into reality. The lecturers were very encouraging and open-minded. My internship allowed me to pursue this project," Neh Sandra said
"She is the first Engineer in the family. I can see the zeal that she has and she is encouraging her younger ones to take her steps! Today I say thanks to God and to the University of Bamenda for giving her the opportunity to study and become an engineer." Mankaa Judith, the mother said
Neh's thesis defense showcased the power of creativity and the value of unconventional thinking by women. With the beans peeling machine as a testament to her talent, Neh has set a new standard for innovation and practicality at the University of Bamenda. This achievement will undoubtedly inspire future students to think outside the box and pursue their passions fearlessly.