MUST alumna shortlisted for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation


MUST alumna shortlisted for Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation

Catherine Chaima, who recently graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), has become the first Malawian to be shortlisted for the prestigious Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.
The annual award is run by the Royal Academy of Engineering and was launched in 2014, provides crucial commercialization support to innovators who are transforming their local communities across Africa.
To qualify for the 2020 shortlist, which recognises ambitious African innovators developing scalable engineering solutions to local challenges. Chaima entered her innovation called Cathel, an affordable antibacterial soap made from agricultural waste and other plant-based extracts
The shortlist was announced on Thursday, November 20, 2019, and according to the Royal Academy of Engineering website, this year’s shortlist includes the creators of a smart library on wheels, facial recognition software to prevent financial fraud, a low-cost digital microscope to speed up cervical cancer diagnosis, bamboo bicycles made from recycled parts, and two innovations made from invasive water hyacinth plants: an animal feed and a cooking fuel.
It also adds that the 2020 shortlist represents six countries, including, for the first time, Malawi. Six of the 16-strong shortlist are female innovators.
The Prize has a track record of identifying engineering entrepreneurs with significant potential, endorsing those who, with the support of the Prize, have gone on to achieve greater commercial success and social impact.
For more details, follow the link: https://www.raeng.org.uk/news/news-releases/2019/november/royal-academy-of-engineering-recognises-the-ambiti