2014 Survey Practicum Synopsis

We’ve been blessed to complete our 3rd summer serving in missions with Engineering Ministries International (eMi) in Uganda, coordinating training programs for Ugandan engineering students.  We’re excited about being a part of the growth and impact of this program, and returning to Uganda next year to continue leading this training.   These programs address a desperate shortfall in providing practical hands on skills for these students in the application of survey equipment and software.   Students are also given guidance on healthy and ethical work practices that will equip them to influence positive change in their careers and communities.

Our last survey practicum took place at Uganda Christian University (UCU), where our 5 person training team delivered a two week workshop to 33 of their 3rd year Civil/Environmental Engineering students.

Training Team

Training team members (left to right) Duane Wetmore, Patrick Cochrane, Katamba Jonathan, Bob Smith, and Ludaga Martin

One of six teams of students  working together to complete topographic survey exercise on UCU campus.

One of six teams of students working together to complete topographic survey exercise on UCU campus.

UCU students reducing and plotting data from a survey they carried out using total station, in order to create a topographic plan.

UCU students reducing and plotting data from a survey they carried out using total station, in order to create a topographic plan.

UCU students holding their Survey Practicum certificates, joined by their faculty and eMi training team

UCU students holding their Survey Practicum certificates, joined by their faculty and eMi training team

There was a tremendous outpouring of gratitude by these students for this training opportunity that eMi was able to provide, all possible through donations of survey equipment, student sponsorship, and most importantly prayer support for this entire team.  Last Friday we celebrated the completion of this 30 credit hour (60 practical hours) practicum with a certificate presentation ceremony with all of the students; the training team; Dr. Benon Musinguzi, Deputy Vice Chancellor of UCC; Dr. Michael Masanza , Dean of the Faculty of Science & Technology of UCC;  Dr. Eleanor Wozei, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator, Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and John Sauder, eMi’s East Africa Director.

Uganda Christian University Library

Uganda Christian University Library

I have had the privilege of working in three different libraries this summer.  Collaborating with Deo, the head librarian at Heritage International School, I also inventoried a new collection of books for Acacia International School in Kampala, and lastly, spent time at UCU’s library to help with the massive work load of cataloguing their collection.

 

 

 

 

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