UIOWA Engineering Student Makes Solar Cook Stove

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGoEMKnGNtY]

Video first uploaded to YouTube on 9 Feb 2015.

Below are a few excerpts from the IowaNow article, “The Student Experience: Allison Kindig.” (9 Feb 2015)

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Allison Kindig did her homework before coming to the University of Iowa. Four years later, her preparation is still paying dividends.

The Cedar Rapids native and industrial engineering major recalls looking for a school that would offer her the opportunity to study a variety of subjects ranging from engineering to international business—and more.

During her first semester, she met with H.S. (Uday) Udaykumar, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering in the UI College of Engineering, enrolled in his class, and traveled to northwestern India. Once there, she and her classmates built a small solar cooker and demonstrated it to local villagers.

“Allison has been leading our efforts to develop low-cost, high efficiency solar cook stoves, particularly stored-energy solar cook stoves for the developing world,” Udaykumar says. “She has spent time in India and in Cameroon working on the project; in Cameroon she went on a Stanley Fellowship on her own initiative and trekked 30 miles into the bush to carry and demonstrate solar cookers in remote villages.

Kindig notes that the project requires teamwork, and no individual or profession acting alone can be effective.

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