Science and Technology

Students assemble $200,000 equipment for medical aid

Soldering for Humanity gives students opportunity to support medical fields in developing nations.

Feb 29, 2012
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The time and energy donated by School of Engineering and Computer Science students have produced nearly $200,000 worth of medical equipment for developing countries.

Soldering for Humanity was a week-long event where students learned to solder and assemble electrosurgery test units. Purchased from Engineering World Health (EWH) at a fraction of fraction of market cost, the units are assembled, tested for efficiency, then shipped to developing countries to test the charge of tools used for cauterizing wounds. The testing kits ensure that surgical instruments will make clean incisions and safely cauterize blood vessels.

Purchase of the testing units was funded by the Pacific Fund, Association of Engineering Students, and the Biomedical Engineering Society. The materials cost $20 each, but once built are valued at $2,000.

Now in its third year, Soldering for Humanity prepared over 100 units, including completing kits from previous years. Bioengineering graduate Roy Lee '11 introduced the project two years ago with 70 students and 64 completed units for health technicians in Honduras, Nicaragua, Tanzania, and other countries. This year, current students and Soldering for Humanity coordinators Sean Storc and Hien Quang worked with volunteers every day for a week to complete the testing units. They are looking forward to continuing and expanding the project in upcoming semesters.