An innovation of a head-controlled wheelchair by an electronic engineering student Howard Mpofu was this year’s major highlight at the National Engineering Students Awards NUST preliminary competition.

Eight National University of Science and Technology (NUST) students took turns to present their abilities in the world of innovation.

They presented their projects in abstract forms in a preliminary round at the Bulawayo-based university.

The students touched areas to do with agriculture, road maintenance, gold purification and other areas in a bid to proffer solutions to ZIM ASSET inspired projects.

Mpofu’s head-controlled wheelchair won the hearts of many in the oral section.

The wheelchair is specially designed for people with problems in degenerative diseases of bones and joints who cannot operate hand-controlled electronic wheelchairs.

It uses the tilting of the head for turning and moving the device with an accelerometer and a micro-controller attached to a cap or hat.

Officiating at the event, Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers deputy president Engineer Godknows Mhonde says colleges and universities should work hand in glove with companies to come up with projects which will be adopted by industry soon after completion.

In the postal presentations, Michelle Maphosa proved that gender knows no boundaries and will represent NUST at the national competitions to be held on the 4th of August in the capital after shrugging off competition from six other contestants. zbc