“A pair of local researchers has won a prestigious award for global innovation that highlights some pretty incredible students at Rice University making a difference in the world. …
“Conditions associated with premature birth, often related to breathing problems, are responsible for about 30 percent of neonatal mortality [in Malawi]. In the developed world, these conditions can be treated using bubble Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machine. But these CPAP machines cost $6,000 and are out of reach of most hospitals in Malawi.
“So five engineering students at Rice, in the 2009-10 school year, built their own bubble CPAP machine out of spare parts. … In the last two years they’ve found a manufacturer and tested a machine that costs just $400. Thanks to a grant from USAID, the machines are now being distributed to more than two dozen hospitals in Malawi.
“Again, this was developed by undergrads at Rice, and it’s just the vanguard of technologies that the professors and their students are rolling out of the design kitchen.”
I am so proud to be a Rice Owl :)