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Neh Sandra Fongeh Defends Degree with Unlikely Innovation: Beans Peeling Machine

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 Fongeh presenting her machine to the Jury

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.
Jury grade Neh Sandra Fongeh; Excellent 

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.
Neh Sandra Fongeh after defense with innovation 

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 Sandra Fongeh and her parents 

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.


billy said…
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billy said…
This reminds me of my youth days where we will have to do the beans Pilling by hard and many other stressful ways and up to date my mom still farm beans so this will be a big deal help to her and also give me another thought on expanding the farm a big congratulations to you my dear you are indeed a game changer in the engineering and technology field of study I Salut you and thank you for making us kkow it's just a matter of time for things to change in our great nation Cameroon
Cedric said…
This is a great innovative beans pealing machine that any farmer willing to produce beans on a large scale should have in-order to facilitate the agricultural process.
Anonymous said…
Let's move from theory to practical. Congratulations on ur excellent work.I remember i was taught the car breaking system but never saw a car. Hahahahaha thought my tutor had a car. Please let us use our limited resources and get our students familiar with the practicality of what we impact. Kudos to this institution. I am proud of this change. Keep moving.

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