By Faith Omoniyi
A 500 level student of Mechatronics Engineering, Federal Univerisity Oye-Ekiti, Ati Josiah, has emerged as the winner of the Committee of Deans of Engineering and Technology competition.
The national competition which took place at NIGCOMSAT, Abuja on the 7th of August, 2021 is an annual competition organized by all Deans of Engineering and Technology universities in Nigeria for all engineering students in the country.
The competition is divided into local, zonal and national. Ati Josiah came first in the just-concluded national competition.
While speaking with the winner, he explained that this would be his second time going to the competition. He described his disappointment when he came fourth at his first trial.
“This is actually my second time going for this competition. My first time was in 2019. I came in 4th place that year after coming in first at the zonal. It was a bit devastating for me but I promised my lecturer (now my supervisor) and the then dean, Prof Alabadan, that I would come back again and come first in the next competition.”
According to him, there was no competition at the local level this year as only three people went from the University.
He went further to narrate that he came second in the finals which held in FUTA this year, but that gave him the determination to work hard to come first at the national competition.
However, Ati Josiah and another student from FUTA came first this year. Ati Josiah described his victory at the National level as a “strange and scary one”.
The project which made him emerged as the winner is called Intellbin. Intellibin is a unit of a smart waste management system. It serves the primary purpose of waste collection.
It is designed to open upon the approach of a user and close when the user leaves. As long as the user remains in its vicinity, it remains open. It also monitors the level of the waste present in the bin as long as it’s on and reports that data straight to the app. Once it’s full it notifies the user that it’s full.
Ati was awarded a prize of N90,000 and a certificate.
In his remark, he appreciated the organizers of the competition. “I say a huge thank you and I hope you keep having more competitions and challenging our younger generations to innovate and create,” he said.