Dr. Yacob Astatke from Morgan State University, a LESA educational outreach partner school, was awarded the 2016 Award for More Diversity in Engineering Education from Airbus Group and the Global Engineering Deans Council.  The Award ceremony took place during the GEDC and World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) conference in Seoul, South Korea on November 7, 2016.  The Award is designed to promote a more diverse engineering workforce globally. It

The Award is designed to promote a more diverse engineering workforce globally. It recognizes grass roots initiatives and the people behind them which enable students from all backgrounds and profiles to study and succeed in the field of engineering.  Dr.  Yacob Astatke was selected as the award recipient for his impressive introduction of technology and training initiatives across universities in Ethiopia to improve the delivery of engineering education in Africa.

Dr. Astatke’s international outreach effort over the last 6 years has been promoting the use of portable instrumentation that was developed at RPI  (the Mobile Studio Project  by former Prof. Don Millard and LESA Prof Ken Connor) in Ethiopia and throughout Africa. Prof. Astatke started this work in Ethiopia in 2009  by applying this technology for teaching Electrical & Computer Engineering courses.  Additional he used Smart Lighting related activities as developed by Prof. Ken Connor for his demonstrations.

The culmination of his outreach work resulted in Prof. Astatke becoming the recipient of this award.  “That work has culminated in my award last week by Airbus and the Global Engineering Deans Council. I want to thank Ken for sharing his vision on how to use these portable laboratory instruments in our classrooms and also for outreach.  Our outreach work in collaboration with the RPI LESA ERC has impacted our work in Ethiopia and Africa.”