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The UWI Department of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering Open Day 2010

For Release Upon Receipt - May 11, 2010

St. Augustine

A wheelchair for an injured dog, a personal air conditioner, a folding wooden boat and a solar water distiller – just some products that may be on the market in the future and all invented by students of The Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus. How do they work? Find out at the Department’s Open Day on Friday 14th May, 2010, where students will show off these and many more of their inventions.

This Open Day presents an opportunity for high school students, teachers and parents to see what The UWI’s Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering has to offer. This Friday from 9 am to 4 pm, at the Faculty of Engineering, Block 1 (Undercroft, Rooms 101 and 103), Block 13 (Lecture Room 1) and Blocks 3, 4, 5 and 6 (laboratories and workshops), visitors can learn about the programmes and facilities offered by the Department and learn about life at UWI. Prospective students can look forward to tours of the laboratories and workshops, presentations of final-year student projects by their inventors and free career advice.

Among those present at the Open Day will be The UWI St. Augustine Campus Principal, Professor Clement Sankat; Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor Brian Copeland; Head of the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Professor Edwin Ekwue; and Heads of other Departments within the Faculty.

A private cocktail reception will follow with an exhibition of final-year student projects and a prize-giving ceremony to award the Best Final-year Project Poster Design.

The Open Day is free and open to the public and to specially invited secondary schools.  

To find out more, please contact Professor Edwin Ekwue, Head of Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, at 662-2002 ext 2070/2071, or via e-mail at, or contact Professor K F Pun, Open Day Coordinator, at 662-2002 ext 2068/2069, or via e-mail at                                                   

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  • Professor Edwin Ekwue, Head of Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

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