GLI Food Storage
GLI Food Storage
In 2019 the College of Engineering and Applied Science Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering senior design team planed a trip to Entusi, Uganda where their senior design project was implemented. The purpose of the project was to design a sustainable food storage solution for the farmers who live in some rural areas with limited access to adequate infrastructure such as roads, modern farming and harvesting tools, etc, that would enable them to take their produce to the city market. The food storage that they designed served as a storage hub for all the farmers in the Entusi, Uganda, area to store their produce during market season long enough to be able to get competitive prices after the market season is over and produce are more scarce. The main crop produced by the farmers in the region are potatoes. The trip to Entusi served as an opportunity for the team to understand the local customer’s problems and needs, survey the land and determine a suitable location for the structure to be built, learn more about the constraints we have not already considered, and brainstorm sustainable solutions to the problem. GLI already had a program in place for trips such as these, and their UCCS team may not have been the only team participating on this particular trip. In service projects such as this, it is critical that the design engineers gain first-hand understanding about the culture and circumstances into which the offered solution is to go. Too many examples exist of well-meaning aid being provided in a way that doesn’t fit the culture or extant conditions and is therefore not useful to those it intended to help. The trip was an essential part of the project to mitigate the risk of providing a solution that wouldn’t work for the people of Entusi. The other motivation for this trip was to establish a long-term relationship with GLI to enable ongoing interaction through similar design projects to help the populations served by GLI. Dr. Gorder accompanied the team and worked with GLI to identify opportunities going forward.