Green Transportation to Connect Rural Communities

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Researchers at BRAC University have conducted research to develop an environment friendly and cost-effective solar assisted electric tri-wheelerby, integrating the innovative torque sensor technology for the first time on the vehicle.

Four IEEE SIGHT Groups Help Rural and Underserved Communities

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With more than 426,000 members, IEEE is capable of doing a world of good. Volunteers in almost two dozen countries are applying their engineering expertise to humanitarian causes at the local level. They’re holding computer classes and bringing LEDs to low-income communities in India, for example, and organizing technology workshops in Colombia and Uganda.

Ways Technology Can Help Solve Humanitarian Issues

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Humanitarian work never ends. The United Nations this year is seeking US $20 billion for humanitarian projects—five times the amount it requested a decade ago. The projects include helping people rise out of poverty and providing aid for those affected by war.

13 Volunteers Are Honored for Outstanding Leadership and Humanitarian Efforts

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The IEEE Member and Geographic Activities Board has given awards to 13 volunteers. The awards recognize, reward, and promote the members’ excellence in MGA operations and in the activities of IEEE’s many entities including regions, geographic councils and areas, sections, chapters, student branches, and student branch chapters.

Powered Wheelchair Developed by BRACU Students

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The Control and Applications Research Centre (CARC) of BRAC University has developed an environment friendly solar powered electric wheelchair for the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralyzed (CRP). The developed electric wheelchair was handed over to Dr Valerie Ann Taylor, the founder and the coordinator of CRP on December 13, 2015. Dr Valerie Ann Taylor drove the electric wheelchair inside the CRP premise and was delighted seeing of the smooth performance of the electric wheelchair.

The Solar Assisted Rickshaw Van: A Complete Off-Grid Solution

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For some countries, Rickshaws are intrinsic elements of a national transportation system. As much as one enjoys a rickshaw ride, however, there is no overlooking the significant amount of labor and effort exerted by the rickshaw puller. Battery-powered, ‘electric’ rickshaws pioneered by companies like Beevatech Ltd seemed to be a very popular solution when they were first introduced.

Our Role in Serving the Underserved

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Ray Larsen, a stalwart IEEE volunteer and cofounder of Community Solutions Initiative—a project with a mission to bring sustainable energy and electrical services to developing communities, says “The understanding that 90 percent of all new development is designed to benefit primarily the economic top 10 percent of the global population brings with it a mandate that special attention is needed to address technology for the 90 percent.”

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