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The Monthly Newsletter of the University of Technology, Jamaica Vol. XVI Issue 10&11 - Oct to Nov 2012

Over 2,000 Graduate from UTech

 

Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ (at podium), President, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) addressing the Graduating Class of 2012 (at right) at the University’s graduation ceremony held on Saturday, November 3 at the National Arena, New Kingston.  The President urged graduands to use their skills in innovation and entrepreneurship to create new enterprises and businesses for their own job creation.

The National Arena in Kingston came alive on Saturday November 3, 2012 with the joy and excitement from the happy University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) Graduating Class of 2012. Over 2,000 graduates were eligible to receive masters and undergraduate degrees, diplomas and certificates in a variety of disciplines.

Chancellor, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, ON, PC,in his opening address highlighted the challenges of financing tertiary education in Jamaica. He pointed out that the rising popularity of the Student Revolving Loan Fund which was established in 1970 to assist students in the financing of their tertiary education has resulted in an increase in demand for loans which greatly exceed supply.

Lamenting the imbalance between demand and supply for tertiary level funding, Mr. Seaga noted that “a substantial number of hopeful students who are seeking a college education will be disappointed in the coming year.” The Students’ Loan Bureau is currently challenged in meeting the demand for loans, as it can only meet 25 per cent of the need for the upcoming year.

Mr. Seaga explained that in order to close the financing gap for the Revolving Student Loan, $3B is needed. He recommended that the money “be obtained by raising loan capital of $3billion to match an equity contribution of $1 billion of education tax money provided in an education tax fund.”

President, Professor the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ in his opening address said that whilst only approximately 10 per cent of the Jamaican population is privileged to enjoy a university education, the job market will not be able to absorb all graduates.  He urged the graduands therefore, “to use your skills in innovation and entrepreneurship acquired at UTech to create new enterprises and business to generate income for yourselves and others.” He also encouraged the graduands to continue to invest in further education and lifelong learning on their path to wealth creation.

The President saluted the first cohort of graduates from the Master of Science in Health Administration; Bachelors of Industrial Engineering; Bachelors of Science in Computing and the Bachelors of Science in Dental Hygiene.

Valedictorian Mark Scott, who obtained the Bachelor of Science in Accounting (Finance and Banking) with first class honours, emphasized the importance of choice, imploring his fellow graduates to rise to the challenge of making the right choice to weed out corruption, social degradation and immorality.

Mark Scott, Valedictorian accepts the Bachelor of Science in Accounting (Finance and Banking) earned with first class honours from Chancellor, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, ON, PC.

 

 

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce appointed first University Ambassador

 

Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ, President, UTech congratulates Mrs. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce on her appointment as first UTech Ambassador at the graduation ceremony held Saturday November 3, 2012 at the National Arena.

Olympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce who graduated with the Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Development was during the ceremony appointed first UTech Ambassador. In presenting her with the award, President Morrison hailed her as “a young woman who represents the best of UTech, the best of Jamaica and the best in the World in the combination of academia, sport, philanthropy and community service.”

The distinction of University Ambassador is bestowed on individuals who have distinguished themselves by obtaining high levels of accomplishment and who possess high standards of integrity and character to positively reflect and enhance the reputation of the University.

The citation read by University Orator, Mrs. Pamela Kelly praised Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as an ideal candidate who has satisfied the criteria for the appointment as University Ambassador and has demonstrated excellence nationally and globally; has demonstrated interest in the University and possess a high standard of integrity that positively reflects and enhances the reputation of the University.
University Ambassadors will serve as official representatives of the President/University at designated events for which they may be selected to attend, as well as University Advancement activities.

The Shelly-Ann Fraser Assessment Centre for Children 

In addition to being named University Ambassador, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce was granted the honour of having the new assessment centre established in the School of Allied Health and Wellness named for her. The Shelly-Ann Fraser Assessment Centre for Children will serve to assess and manage the needs of children with exceptionalities. This includes children with special needs as well as children with specials gifts and talents.

The Dean of the College of Health Sciences, Associate Professor Dr Ellen Campbell-Grizzle, explained that Mrs. Fraser-Pryce “exemplifies the best attributes of a conscientious student, superb athlete and a remarkable human being.” Not only was Mrs. Fraser-Pryce able to win her double Olympic medals, but she did it while pursuing her degree in Child Health and Adolescent Development at the University.

Responding to her new appointment as UTech Ambassador for which she is now a proud alumna, Mrs. Fraser-Pryce exclaimed, “I definitely look forward to carrying the UTech flag high wherever I go because when I started the programme in 2008 I was told it wouldn't be possible….I thought I wasn’t supposed to dream, but here at UTech it is a family and I am truly honoured to be part of a family that truly cares about me so much... I am really grateful for being given the opportunity to join such a prestigious institution,” she said to rousing applause.


UTech Hosts Inaugural Graduation Ceremony in Montego Bay

 

A section of the happy Graduating Class at the graduation ceremony held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Saturday, November 10, 2012.

History was made on Saturday, November 10, 2012 with the staging of the University of Technology, Jamaica’s (UTech) inaugural graduation ceremony in Western Jamaica.  The glitzy ceremony for the presentation of some ninety-seven (97) candidates was held at the breathtakingly beautiful Montego Bay Convention Centre which overlooks the ocean.

The ceremony saw the presentation of graduates from the College of Business and Management, College of Health Sciences, Faculty of The Built Environment, Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies, Faculty of Engineering and Computing and the Faculty of Law.

Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ, President, who presented graduates with their certificates, in his welcome explained that the staging of two graduation ceremonies had become necessary from the growth in student numbers by some 32% in the last four years.  Over 2,000 graduands qualified for graduation for 2012 and of that number, just under 900 attended the ceremony for the presentation of graduates held at the National Arena on Saturday, November 3, 2012. 

Students’ Union President, Mrs. Karen Manning-Henry carries the mace ahead of the President’s procession at UTech’s graduation ceremony held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Saturday, November 10, 2012.


President Morrison reminded the graduating class that they have obtained tertiary education at a significant time in Jamaica’s history as the country celebrates 50 years of political independence – a privilege still enjoyed by less than 10% of the population.  He urged the graduands to play their part in “further propelling Jamaica into the realm of developed country status that will make Jamaica truly a place to “live, work, raise families and do business.”

Prof. Morrison noted further that “education continues to yield high rates of returns to those smart enough to invest in it,”  adding that studies of returns on investment in tertiary education reveal “minimum returns of some 19% which is significantly higher than investment in other areas.”

Professor Geraldene Hodelin, Principal, UTech West (Acting) and Director, UTech Academy in her welcome, said that, “our mandate is not just to grant certificates and degrees to students in Western Jamaica.  Our intention as the ‘People’s University’ is to help in the development of the people and communities in western Jamaica.”  Prof. Hodelin used the occasion to invite stakeholders in the West to continue to work with the University to fulfil this dream.  “It is our intention to partner with other institutions, businesses, NGOs and community interests to use our research and problem-solving capabilities to help navigate Jamaica on a path of economic and social development that will hurry us along to developed nation status ahead of the 2030 schedule,” Prof. Hodelin affirmed.

 

Prof. Geraldene Hodelin, Principal UTech West and Director, UTech Academy delivering the welcome at the graduation ceremony at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Saturday, November 10, 2012.

 

 

 

Valedictorian         

Valedictorian, Miss Sachoy Ellis who earned the Bachelor of Law with first class honours delivers the Valedictorian Address at UTech’s Graduation ceremony held on Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre. Members of the platform party look on.


In a well delivered address, Valedictorian, Miss Sachoy Ellis who graduated with the Bachelor of Law degree with first class honours, implored her fellow graduates to write life stories that will inspire and motivate.  Ellis, who is also a former St. James Festival Queen, noted that, “the funny thing about learning from each experience is that you never graduate, “adding that but “as we graduate from this chapter into new chapters… I charge you to write well…you are a scribe...your book cancontain not just mere testimonies but marvellous testimonies worth sharing.”  She thanked lecturers, parents, spouses, co-workers, employers and friends who had helped the graduating class on their journey and specially thanked Ms. Dawn McNeil, Associate Dean, Faculty of Law and Mr. Dexter Wadsworth, Programme Director, Faculty of Law for inspiring them to succeed.

James Goren Conferred with Honorary Degree

 

Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ President, UTech (l) presents Businessman, Real Estate Developer and Philanthropist, Mr. James Goren with the Honorary Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa.

Businessman and Real Estate Developer, Dr. James Goren who was conferred with the Honorary Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa in expressing thanks to UTech said he was “honoured and humbled to be recognized by this prestigious institution.”  In an engaging address, Mr. Goren, who has also been Co-chair for UTech’s West Advisory Board since 2010, recounted how he fell in love with Jamaica on his inaugural vacation to the island.  “Within four days of my vacation I purchased a home “in paradise,” he shared.  He told the gathering that he was further motivated to make affordable housing available for all. 

Lamenting that housing continues to be a major issue in the country, Mr. Goren said that despite the increase in the number of hotels being constructed locally, “a disconnect remains between where the jobs are and where the homes are. Far too many of those homes are simply unacceptable: they lack plumbing or electricity or sewer access in this the 21st century, in a country so close and with many ties to the United States, ” he said.

Dr. Goren is the visionary behind the Holland Estates development in Trelawny which was constructed to provide affordable housing solutions for persons employed in resort communities. It is proposed that the Housing Development will become Jamaica’s first University Town.

ACHIEVED WITH FIRST CLASS HONOURS

Gerron Thomas smiles as he accepts his first class honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Production Operations Management and Finance & Banking from Chancellor, the Most. Hon. Edward Seaga, ON, PC.

Simone Neilson is a picture of happiness as she accepts from Chancellor Seaga, her first class Bachelor of Science degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management.

Chancellor Seaga presents a happy Sophia Chisholm with her Bachelor of Pharmacy degree achieved with first class honours.

George Virgo accepts his first class honours Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health.

Rainford Grant accepts his first class honours Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management from Chancellor Seaga.

A proud Stacey-Ann Pusey accepts her first class Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying from Chancellor Seaga.

Wayneworth Hamilton is all smiles as he accepts from Chancellor Seaga, his Bachelor Science degree in Surveying and Geographic Information Sciences which was achieved with first class honours

A thrilled Venessa Watson accepts from Chancellor Seaga, her Bachelor of Education in Technical, Vocational Education and Training – Business and Computer Studies – Business Studies which was achieved with  first class honours.

Kevin Coke beams as Chancellor, the Most Hon. Edward Seaga, ON, PC present him with his first class honours degree having achieved the Bachelor of Education in Technical, Vocational Education and Training - Industrial Technology.

Doneth Brown-Reid beams with pride as she accepts her first class honours Bachelor of Law degree from Chancellor Seaga.

Chancellor Seaga presents delighted Renee English with her Bachelor of Engineering degree in Chemical Engineering – Process which was achieved with first class honours.  Renee was also admitted to the President’s Honour Roll and presented with the President’s Pin which is awarded to students in good standing who have earned a GPA of 3.75 – 4.00 in the upper division courses.

Mr. Seaga presents a smiling Stacey Peart with her Bachelor of Science degree in Science and Education – Biology and Mathematics which was achieved with upper second class honours. 

Dawnette Campbell proudly accepts from President Morrison, her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing achieved with upper second class honours.

Stewart Panton accepts his first class honours Bachelor of Law degree from President Morrison.

   
   

 

 

 


UTech Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Research Shows Fall off in Business Ownership Rate

 

Dr. Rodrigo Varela (4th left), Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)  speaking at the Launch Ceremony of the 2011 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) Jamaica Report on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 held at the Joan Duncan School of Entrepreneurship Ethics and Leadership, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech).  Participating in the discussion from left are, Dr. Girjanauth Boodraj, Lead Researcher and Senior Lecturer, College of Business and Management, Mr. Metry Seaga, Deputy President, Jamaica Manufacturers’ Association (JMA), Professor Evan Duggan, Dean of Social Sciences, University of the West Indies, Mona,  Dr. Ajax Persaud, GEM Representative and Mrs. Vanetta Skeete, Associate Head, School of Business Administration and  GEM Researcher.

 

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), through its College of Business and Management on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 launched the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2011 Report for Jamaica at a forum for the dissemination of its findings at the Technology Innovation Centre , UTech Papine Campus.

GEM Caribbean is a three-year project, supported by Canada´s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) that improves capacity for entrepreneurship research teams in five Caribbean countries:  Colombia, Jamaica, Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, and Barbados.

The research measures the levels, underlying factors, and environmental constraints of entrepreneurship within each national environment and comparatively within the region by using the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) methodology. The GEM Model recognizes three phases of entrepreneurial activity; namely starting a new business, running a new business or running an established business, and discontinuing a business.

The 2011 report indicates that between 2006 and 2011 the established business ownership in Jamaica rate has fallen by about 50%.   The same holds for new businesses over those years. In the case of nascent businesses, it fell significantly from 13% in 2009 to 5.5% in 2010 but recovered to 9% in 2011.

Nascent activity is defined by GEM as entrepreneurs who are in the first three months of running a new business. New business owners are those who have been in business for more than three months but less than three years. Together, new and nascent entrepreneurs comprise Total Entrepreneurship Activity (TEA).

The report indicates that while in 2008, at the start of the global recession, the Jamaican TEA rate was only 15.6 per cent and jumped to 23 per cent in 2009, it fell by more than 50 per cent to record 10.5 per cent in 2010.  Recovery was marginal at 13.7 per cent in 2011.

By way of comparison,  TEA increased significantly from 2010-2011 in many economies and across all levels of economic development -- emerging, developing, and mature; and rose 25 per cent among 16 developing economies with China, Argentina and Chile displaying above-average rates in 2010 and even higher rates in 2011. The GEM research team in Jamaica is based at the College of Business and Management, UTech with researchers including Dr. Girjanauth Boodraj, Mrs. Vanetta Skeete, Dr. Horace Williams and Mr. Orville Reid.

Government Policies do not favour New Firms
Their report points to the National Expert Survey component of the project which indicates that a majority of respondents (67%) disclosed that Government’s Public Procurement Policies do not favor new firms. The length of time involved in securing licenses and permits was also cited as reducing the opportunity for new start-ups to respond to opportunities in the marketplace.

The findings of GEM are intended to assist policymakers, educators, and researchers in creating supportive environments that encourage job creation and inclusive economic development through growth in entrepreneurship.

Dr. Paul Golding Dean of the College of Business and Management in his welcome said that fostering employment through entrepreneurship was the only means available to the island for future economic growth.  “As our GDP declines, so do jobs and the tax base also declines. Fewer people to tax means less revenue and reduced government spending…the government should create an environment in which jobs are created,” he emphasized.

Dr. Golding noted further that, “we are looking at creating jobs where persons are actively employed for 35 or more hours per week, who pay taxes, are able to pay their bills and have income enough to meet their needs.  In order to do this, we have to be looking at entrepreneurship.”

According to Dr. Golding, the government’s role must be to facilitate the environment for new and emerging firms.  “In this context this piece of research is extremely important. It provides an assessment and makes a comparison across countries. The 2011 GEM report is not just an academic exercise but measures which the government should be using to create policy,” Dr. Golding noted.

Dr. Carolina Robino, Programme Officer for IRDC which this year sponsored GEM research in four regional economies said that the project falls under IRDC’s inclusive growth portfolio. “The approach is to be able to compare regionally and internationally. Disentangling the role of entrepreneurs in job creation is the key issue – entrepreneurship to create not just more jobs but better jobs.”

Dr. Rodrigo Varela, Director of GEM Caribbean who also spoke at the launch stated, “statistics indicate that 30 to 40 million young people are entering economic activity now who will not be able to find jobs. In the medium and long term, the issue is to solve just how to create jobs. Entrepreneurship is one answer. GEM provides the measurements and metrics about different aspects of the entrepreneurial process. The idea is to improve capacity to do research.”

Lead Researcher and Senior Lecturer, Dr. Girjanauth Boodraj, gave an overview of Entrepreneurship in Jamaica.  Dr. Boodraj notes that “there is a need for government to work with universities and the private sector to create an enabling environment supportive of new and growing firms.  This support should be there to take firms through the various stages of their development, providing good services at affordable prices.”


Dr. Girjanauth Boodraj notes that “most of the NES experts (64%) disclosed that there was an inadequate number of government programmes for new and growing businesses. Additionally, the majority of experts (61%) stated that persons working for government agencies were not competent and effective in supporting new and growing firms. There was a constant beckoning from the business sector for an enabling environment for business.”


The vast majority of experts (73%) disagreed that almost anyone who needed help from a government programme for a new or growing business can find what they need.  The research also points out that most experts (62%) disagreed that government programmes aimed at supporting new and growing firms were effective.
Most experts (80%) stated that new and growing firms cannot afford the cost of market entry.


It was the recommendation of researchers that a more targeted approach based on the documented needs of new and young businesses be developed and implemented.
The GEM conceptual model is built on a comprehensive socio-economic approach that identifies the degree of involvement in entrepreneurial activity. Within the Caribbean, surveys pursued to capture data include both adult national surveys and expert surveys among stakeholders in the business community and those involved in business development.


UTech/JPS Collaborate to develop Solar Energy Project at UTech’s Papine Campus

From left, Mr. Valentine Fagan, Vice President, Generation Expansion, JPS,  Mrs. Kelly Tomblin, President and CEO, JPS,  Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ, President, UTech and Dr. Ruth Potopsingh, Director of Sustainable Energy, UTech participate in the singing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two institutions to develop a solar energy project.  The signing ceremony was held at the JPS’s New Kingston offices on Monday, October 8, 2012.  Looking on is JPS Legal Officer, Mr. David Flemming.

 

Jamaica Public Service Co. Ltd. (JPS) and the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) have entered into a partnership agreement to establish a solar renewable energy facility at UTech’s Papine campus.  The milestone agreement was signed at a special ceremony at JPS’ New Kingston Offices on Monday, October 8, 2012.


Objective
Mr. Valentine Fagan,  Vice President, Generation Expansion, JPS explained that the main objectives of the project are to “demonstrate the viability, true costs and operational factors of solar energy projects in Jamaica as well as to use it as an educational tool to expose students and eventually our customers to new energy technologies.”


He noted that the partnership with UTech is an important development towards the diversification of the energy sector and for contributing to the National Energy Policy of increasing the percentage of renewables in the energy mix to 20% by 2030.

The flagship project will see the installation of a 100kW solar voltaic unit on the Papine campus of the University of Technology, Jamaica.  The project will see UTech providing the site for the installation of the solar panels as well as technical input, while JPS will provide technical and financial resources.

 
School of Engineering Students Participate
UTech School of Engineering students will participate in the design, installation and operation of the facility; use the units as a model for training in photovoltaic technology; undertake maintenance of the plant as part of their learning experience and collect and analyze performance data to inform future projects.

The University also stands to benefit as the facility will be configured to sell to the grid and will also be a teaching tool to prepare the country for future smart grid technologies. 

Mr. Fagan noted that it is also anticipated that the initiative will heighten the public’s interest in solar energy as an alternative.

In welcoming the partnership, Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ, President, UTech, said that “UTech is committed to this project and to making it work.”  He said that the collaboration is as an “opportunity to demonstrate the potential for the learning modalities as well as the potential for the development of an entrepreneurial industry by our students.”  The  President congratulated Dr. Ruth Potopsingh, Director of Sustainable Energy, UTech and her team for enabling the collaboration between academia and industry, emphasizing that our students should be engaged in learning “not just for learning” but to use the application of learning for making money.


Expected $1M Reduction in UTech’s Energy Bill
Dr. Potopsingh in her remarks expressed pride that “for the first time UTech will have a diversified energy mix, using clean renewable energy and thereby reducing our carbon foot print and exercising our responsibility towards developing a low carbon economy in the Caribbean.”  She noted that the initiative to install a 100 kwt of solar PV plant to generate electricity offers opportunities for coalescing efforts across faculties and colleges.  Dr. Potopsingh noted further that “the project will serve as a living laboratory for students, lecturers, researchers and will seek to establish viability, real cots for equipment and operations.  The research information gained will also be objectively verifiable and the learning and knowledge made available for public consumption.”  Dr. Potopsingh revealed that it is estimated that the solar project initiative will enable an estimated $1M reduction in UTech’s monthly energy bill.


Mrs. Kelly Tomblin, President and CEO, JPS while admitting that solar does not currently reflect the lowest cost renewable source of energy, said that the JPS was committed to “driving down the price as cheap as we can get it.”


JPS and UTech have had a long and meaningful relationship. JPS has provided a number of academic scholarships over the years to many UTech students, sponsored lecturers, and most recently contributed to the building of the Energy laboratory at the School of Engineer, UTech.


UTech Pioneers Research on Solar Hydrogen Gas for Domestic Fuel in Jamaica

Dr. Earle Wilson, Head of UTech’s Energy Unit, School of Engineering and Lead Researcher, addressing the technical research component of the Research project on Solar Hydrogen Gas for Domestic Fuel in Jamaica at the project’s launch held on October 18, 2012 at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites in Kingston.  Looking on from left are Mr. Martin Henry, Manager – Projects and Operations, School of Graduate Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship, UTech, Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ, President, UTech and  Hon. Phillip Paulwell, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining.

 

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) through grant funding of €421,000 from the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP) and the European Union (EU) officially launched its innovative research project titled “The application of Solar-Powered Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) Electrolysers for the Sustainable Production of Hydrogen Gas as fuel for domestic cooking “at a special ceremony held on Thursday, October 18, 2012 at the Courtleigh Hotel and Suites in Kingston. 
The funding will support collaborative work led by a team in a the School of Engineering at UTech with persons from Brunel University, London, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining (STEM) and the Bureau of Standards, Jamaica.


Professor the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ, President of UTech, said that he welcomed the partnership noting that UTech is serious about sustainable energy.  The development of the project he said would be the launching pad for the entrepreneurial activities to be gained from this venture which include the creation of jobs and the reduction of Jamaica’s dependency on imported petroleum.

 
Keynote speaker, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, MP, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining in endorsing the project congratulated UTech for undertaking this much needed initiative, the first of its kind in Jamaica.  The Minister noted that 90% of Jamaica’s energy comes from imported fossil fuels, adding that the successful development and implementation of the project should see a significant reduction in the country’s import bill for petroleum products as 84% of households in Jamaica use LPG.  He also reiterated the vast opportunities to be derived from the commercialization of the project.

Minister Paulwell highlighted the central role of innovations such as the UTech Research Project to get Jamaica out of its “economic rut”. He pledged the Ministry’s commitment for the successful completion and implementation of the project and expressed the hope that outcomes will be applicable to other countries within the African Caribbean and Pacific region.

Mr. Thomas Opperer, Head of Section, Infrastructure and Rural Development from the EU Delegation in Jamaica, stressed the importance of research being applicable and replicable by modifying and adapting exiting technologies.

 

UTech Awarded Competitive Bid
Dr. Ruth Potopsingh, Director, Sustainable Energy and Project Manager for the Solar Hydrogen Project, said that the process to obtain the grant was rigorous.  She noted that UTech won the EU grant from a competitive field of universities in the Caribbean, Pacific region and Africa.  “We drew on our own internal expertise and were successful”, she added.  The Solar Hydrogen Project she said is a renewable and sustainable intervention project which will run for thirty-six (36) months at a cost of €495.344.36 of which the EU has funded 85%. 

Benefits to be derived from the development of the project
Dr. Potopsingh explained that the research will focus on the production of hydrogen gas from water as an alternative to Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) cooking gas.  This she said would reduce Jamaica’s dependency on the importation of petroleum which means a reduction in Jamaica’s energy bill, reduced deforestation and an increase in our renewable energy sources for improved sustainable and economic development.
Potential for commercialization
Dr. Potopsingh noted that the outcome of the project “has strong potential for commercialization” resulting in job creation and stimulating economic growth.  She announced that the School of Entrepreneurship through the Technology Innovation Centre at UTech will act as the incubator to provide support for entrepreneurs who would have an interest in this niche market for the retrofitting and building of stoves and cylinders which will utilize this new technology.

Production of the Solar Hydrogen Gas
Dr. Earle Wilson, Head of UTech’s Energy Unit, School of Engineering and Lead Researcher, in addressing the technical research component of the project, said that the production of the solar hydrogen cooking gas will involve the electrolysis of water by breaking up water molecules via electricity provided by photo-voltaic power into hydrogen and oxygen.  The hydrogen produced would be stored as cooking gas at medium pressure at a Hydrogen Station from which light-weight cylinders will be filled at low pressure for domestic use.

The successful development and implementation of the research project as outlined by Dr. Wilson consists of six key areas to be investigated.  These are power characterization of the photo-voltaic system, colouring the flame of the burning hydrogen gas, giving a scent to the hydrogen gas in case of leakage, gas flame blow-back prevention, gas storage medium and gas stove modifications.  

Partner Involvement

Professor Maria Koloktroni of the School of Engineering and Design, Brunel University in the United Kingdom, said that Brunel was happy to be partnering with UTech.  She noted that, “ the University’s involvement with UTech dates back to 1999 when she first worked with Dr. Wilson on his MSc research project on  roof ponds for cooling houses and later in 2004 on his PhD research project on  ‘Solar Hydrogen fuel generation with thermal management for equatorial regions’ which now forms the backdrop of the current research project”. 

Representatives from the other partner institutions all expressed their eagerness in partnering with UTech and reaffirmed their commitment for its successful implementation.   Prof. Ishen-Kumba Kahwa, Dean of the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science, UWI, said that it was important that Jamaica continues to find ways to combat the challenges of harnessing sustainable energy by the pooling of our resources to strengthen our capacity.  Mrs. Yvonne Hall, Executive Director of the Bureau of Standards, Jamaica informed the gathering that her organization will ensure that all equipment and material meet national and international standards to ensure the safety of the consumer.

 

UTech Launches Plastic Recycling Initiative

Dr. Ruth Potopsingh (left), Director, Sustainable Energy, UTech, Dr. Dave Muir, Lecturer, School of Engineering, UTech and Mrs. Karen McDonald-Gayle, Chief Executive Officer, Environmental Foundation of Jamaica in conversation following the launch of the UTech Plastic Recycling project on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at Lillian’s Restaurant, UTech Papine campus

The Sustainable Energy Unit of the School of Graduate Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) has partnered with the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) to establish a Plastic Recycling Initiative to encourage responsible environmental practices at the Papine campus.  In February 2012 the University received a grant of two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) from the EFJ to purchase forty recycle bins to be placed in strategic areas across the campus. 

Dr. Ruth Potopsingh, Director, Sustainable Energy, speaking at the launch ceremony held at the UTech Papine campus on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, said that the programme seeks to assist the University community to become more aware of their environment and thanked the EFJ for its support in the realization of this very important initiative at UTech.

Mrs. Karen McDonald-Gayle, Chief Executive Officer of the EFJ, commended UTech for embarking on an initiative to help raise the level of awareness among staff and students at the institution regarding waste disposal and their role in sustaining the environment.  She further noted that Jamaica produces 1.3 million tons of waste annually of which plastic disposal is the second largest contributor, preceded only by municipal organic waste.  She encouraged all members of the University community to become involved and to be responsible stewards of the environment by exercising conscious choices when disposing of waste.

The first phase of the initiative will be piloted by the Energy Monitoring and Auditing Team (EMAT), the student arm of the Sustainable Energy Unit at the UTech Papine campus before being introduced to our off-site campuses. 

 

UTech/Unesco-Unevoc Centre for Research and Sustainable Development Established at UTech

 

 

Applauding the launch of the UTech/UNESCO Centre for Research and Sustainable Development from left, are Ms Verica Bennett, Ministry of Education, Dr. Kwame Boafo, Director and Representative, UNESCO Kingston Cluster Office for the Caribbean, Prof. Gossett Oliver, Vice President, Graduate Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship, UTech, Dr. Simon Yalams, Associate Professor of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), UTech and Faculty Coordinator for Graduate Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship and Dr. Rohan Lewis, Dean, Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies, UTech.  The launch ceremony was held on October 19, 2012 at the Knutsford Court Hotel.

 

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) in partnership with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) through its International Centre for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNEVOC) has collaborated for the establishment of the UTECH/ UNESCO-UNEVOC Centre for Research and Sustainable Development to be housed in the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies, UTech Papine Campus.

The Centre was launched at a special ceremony held on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Knutsford Court Hotel, Kingston. The Centre, which will focus primarily on research and activities aimed at strengthening technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Jamaica, is the second of its kind in Jamaica and is being set up on the advice of the UNESCO Kingston Cluster Office for the Caribbean.

President of UTech, Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ said  that “the establishment of the Centre at UTech represents an important acknowledgement of UTech’s strength and track record in the delivery of academic programmes and training in technical and vocational education and training.”

TVET Offerings at UTech

The Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies at UTech offers the Bachelor of Education in TVET with specializations in Industrial Technology, Family and Consumer Studies and Business and Computer Studies, and Master’s level programmes in Career and Technical Education (CTE); Workforce Education; and the Master of Philosophy/PhD in Career and Technical Education.

Objectives of the UNEVOC Centres

Through the UNEVOC Centres, UNESCO aims to assist Member States to develop and strengthen TVET through the sharing of best practices, and joint venture collaboration.
The UTech/UNESCO Centre for Research and Sustainable Development will be charged inter alia, to organize national and regional network activities, in particular to disseminate UNESCO TVET messages to TVET practitioners and to enable the exchange of information, experiences and lessons learnt among TVET experts and to contribute to the collection of country data and reports on good practices, frameworks, innovations and models in TVET.

The operations of the Centre will be administered by a team consisting of faculty and technical personnel from the Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies (FELS) led by Dr. Simon Yalams, Associate Professor of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), UTech and Faculty Coordinator for Graduate Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship.   Other members of the FELS team are Dr. Carmen Roofe-Bowen, Mrs. Jennifer McKenzie, Dr. Tom Amonde, Mr. Everton Lewis, Dr. Leonie Clarke, Dr. Cynthia Onyefulu and Mr. Kirvine Simpson. 

Dr. Yalams notes that “as a leader in TVET, UTech will now have a stronger platform for impacting developments in technical and vocational education globally. The UTech/UNESCO UNEVOC Centre for Research and Sustainable Development will also benefit all TVET stakeholders and institutions in Jamaica and the Caribbean as they will be able to strengthen collaboration among one another and share best practices in contemporary TVET research activities.”

2012 Global Monitoring Report
The Education for All Global Monitoring Report (GMR) for 2012 which is jointly released by the Education for All Global Monitoring Report and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics was launched on the occasion.  The GMR is an authoritative reference that aims to inform, influence and sustain genuine commitment towards education for all.  It looks in depth at youth skills in Latin America and the Caribbean.  Among the findings of the Report is that the skills deficit for young people is becoming increasingly urgent making the need to increase alternative pathways for training an important regional imperative.


UTech’s College of Health Sciences Honors Paulwell with Premier Contributor Award

 

Hon. Phillip Paulwell, MP, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining accepts the Premier Contributor Award from Dr. Ellen Campbell-Grizzle, Associate Professor and Dean of the College of Health Sciences, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) at the College’s annual Students’ Awards ceremony held at the Alfred Sangster auditorium recently.  Minister Paulwell was recognized for a grant donation of Eight Million dollars from the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining to the College for the establishment of its Health Research Translation Unit (HERTU).

 

The College of Health Science (COHS), University of Technology, Jamaica presented the Premier Contributor Award to Hon. Phillip Paulwell, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining in recognition of his premiere contribution to the College of Health Sciences Health Research Translation Unit (HERTU) with a grant of $8 million dollars from his Ministry for the establishment of the unit.  The Hon. Phillip Paulwell said the honour being the first, would encourage the Ministry to work closely with the College to ensure that national objectives are met. 


The Award was presented at the College of Health Sciences’ annual Students’ Award Ceremony on Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at the Alfred Sangster auditorium, UTech Papine campus under the theme “Reorienting Our College for National Development and Global Competiveness”.

The awardees included staff members who have contributed significantly to the College of Health Sciences and students from all six undergraduate programmes and the post-graduate programmes: Pharmacy, Nursing, Medical Technology, Dietetics and Nutrition, Child Health, Adolescent Development, Health Information Technology, Pharmaceutics, Health Administration and Complementary Alternative Medicine who received awards for outstanding academic achievement. Special Presentations were also made to the COHS Premier Contributor, COHS Sports Ambassador as well as an award for Extraordinary Support.

Student Excellence Recognized

Olympian and final year student Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (right), smiles as she accepts her College of Health Sciences Sports Ambassador Award at the ceremony.

Olympian Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce was recognized for her academic success and excellent representation of the College and the University.  Mrs. Fraser-Pryce recently graduated with the Bachelor of Science degree in Child Health and Adolescent Development.  Brenda Wallace, a UTech Pharmacy Alumni was awarded the Extraordinary Support Award.

In her welcome to the gathering which comprised specially invited guests, staff and students from the College of Health Sciences and the UTech community, Dr. Ellen Campbell-Grizzle, Associate Professor and Dean of the College congratulated the COHS students for their diligence, discipline, passion for intellectual enquiry and rigor and for their commitment to lifelong learning. She reminded the awardees that they are solid Jamaican and Caribbean ambassadors who have done well by eschewing mediocrity and continuously pointing their sights toward excellence.

Guest Speaker, Mr. Hugh Reid, President of Scotia Jamaica Life Insurance emphasized that the college needs to reorient itself to focus on a vision in which Jamaica can compete with any country, whether they are first world are not. He also highlighted that Vision 2030: Making Jamaica the place of choice to live, work and raise families can be a serious roadmap to reorienting Jamaica for development and global competiveness and recommended a number of concrete steps to be taken to realize this vision.  He said the private sector needed to be seeking activities to redirect some of their community developmental plan budgets to efforts of institutional strengthening and capacity building of places such as the College of Health Sciences and governmental agencies must show a greater deal of making the necessary changes that will allow for swifter decision making and efficient project implementation.


New Appointments

Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ, President, is pleased to announce the following appointments approved by the University Appointments and Promotions Committee at its meeting held on September 13, 2012 and subsequently approved by the University’s Council

 

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT

Mr. Clavery Allen Appointed Head, School of Business Administration (SOBA)

Mr. Clavery Allen has been appointed as Head of School, School of Business Administration in the College of Business and Management for the period March 1, 2012 to February 28, 2015.

Mr. Allen has served the School in various capacities over the last eight years.  These have included, Programme Leader, Programme Director and Associate Head of School.  In March 2012 he assumed the role of Acting Head of School where he continued to make a valuable contribution to the development of the School and the College.

Miss Celia McKoy Appointed Associate Head of School, School of Business Administration (SOBA)

Ms. Celia McKoy has been appointed Senior Lecturer and Associate Head of School, School of Business Administration for the period August 1, 2012 to July 31, 2015.

Ms McKoy has demonstrated great commitment to teaching, research and community service during her 16 years of service to the College of Business and Management. She also served as Training and Technical Consultant on the National e-Business Incubator Project in Dominica and has held managerial positions in several private companies.

She is a graduate of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech), the Furman University (South Carolina) and the Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University (Tennessee) where she obtained a Master’s degree in Business Administration. 

Mr. Michael Steele Appointed Head, Joan Duncan School of Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Leadership (JDSEEL) and Marketing Consultant to President

Mr. Michael Steele has been appointed as Senior Lecturer and Head, Joan Duncan School of Entrepreneurship, Ethics and Leadership for the period September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2015.  He is also marketing consultant to the President.

Mr. Steele earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and Marketing at the Ohio University, USA.  He migrated to Canada where he amassed over twenty years experience in the areas of finance and commerce.  He has served as General Manager of Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) Overseas (Canada) Inc. and General Manager, National Commercial Bank/AIC (Canada) Limited.  On his return to Jamaica in 2008, Mr. Steele took up the position of Deputy General Manager of the City of Kingston Co-op Credit Union.

The experienced entrepreneur holds the franchise for Cora’s Breakfast & Lunch in Brampton, Ontario and has been recognized by the Province of Ontario for his contribution to the Black Community.

Mr. Steele previously lectured part-time at UTech and the University of the West Indies (Mona) in the areas of Corporate and Business Planning and Marketing.  He brings to the position of Head, JDSEEL, a sound knowledge and understanding of business principles and ethics.

COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES

Ms. Beverly King Appointed Head of School, Caribbean School of Nursing

Ms. Beverly King has been appointed Head of School, Caribbean School of Nursing in the College of Health Sciences for the period November 1, 2011 to October 24, 2014. Ms. King has also been promoted to the rank of Senior Lecturer effective November 1, 2012.

Ms. King joined the University in June 2009 as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Health and Applied Science.  On September 1, 2009 she assumed responsibilities as Programme Director for the Nursing Course of Study in the College of Health Sciences.  Her duties covered operations at both the Kingston and Montego Bay campuses. 

She is a member of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) and is also a member of the Canadian Association for Wound Care.

Mr. Greg-Louis Austin Appointed Head of School, School of Allied Health and Wellness

Mr. Greg-Louis Austin has been appointed Senior Lecturer and Head of School, School of Allied Health and Wellness for the period October 25, 2011 to October 24, 2014.

Mr. Austin joined the University in 2004 as Assistant Lecturer in the College of Health Sciences where he worked as Programme Leader, Health Information Technology, Programme Director and Health Management.  He was appointed Acting Head of School – Allied Health and Wellness in October 2011.  He holds a MHS in Health Care Management/Health Informatics from the Touro University International, Cypress, California and is a current PhD candidate in Health Care Administration, Trident University, California.

Mr. Austin was instrumental in developing the Associate Degree programme in Health Information Technology and the Health Information Management option in the Bachelor of Health Science Degree.

 

JOINT COLLEGES OF MEDICINE, ORAL HEALTH AND VETERINARY SCIENCES

Prof. Winston Davidson Re- Appointed Head, School of Public Health & Health Technology

Prof. Winston Davidson has been re-appointed Head of School, School of Public Health & Health Technology from September 5, 2012 to September 5, 2015.

Prof. Davidson holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery.  He has to his credit, a distinguished forty-year career as a medical doctor, public health specialist and academician.  He has contributed significantly to health care in Jamaica, particularly in the areas of reorganizing the Ministry of Health into levels of Care, specifically: Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Health Care delivery systems.

He has served as Head of School for the School of Public Health and Health Technology for the past three years.  Under his guidance, student/faculty populations have increased, resulting in the offering of the Master of Public Health and the commencement of the Bachelor of Science in Occupational Health and Safety, as well as other graduate courses of study.

 

He has distinguished himself in community involvement and has served in a number of public service capacities which include being current Chairman of the Bureau of Standards and Vice Chairman, Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission.

FACULTY OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Dr. Rohan Bailey Appointed, Head, School of Caribbean School of Architecture

Dr. Rohan Bailey has been appointed Associate Professor and Head, School of Caribbean School of Architecture for the period October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2015.

 

Dr. Bailey is a registered Architect in Jamaica.  He holds a PhD in Architecture.  He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies and the Master of Architecture from the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech).  He also holds a Diploma in Architectural Technology from the former College of Arts, Science and Technology (CAST). 

His contribution to the Faculty has been tremendous while serving in the capacities of Programme Director, Senior Lecturer and coordinator of the Research Dissertation module of the Master in Architecture degree and 2nd Year Design Studio, along with being subject leader in Design Computing.

FACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND COMPUTING

Dr. Nilza Justiz-Smith Appointed Professor of Engineering

Dr. Nilza Justiz-Smith has been re-appointed as Head of School, School of Engineering for the period September, 1, 2012 to August 31, 2015.  Dr. Justiz-Smith has also been promoted as Professor of Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering effective September 1, 2012.

Dr. Justiz-Smith holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from Instituto Superior Politecnico “Jose Antonio Mella,” Cuba and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oriente, Cuba.  She obtained a post Diploma in Education from the University of  Technology, Jamaica (UTech) in 2002.

She has held the positions of Programme Leader, Programme Director and has completed one term as Head, School of Engineering at UTech.  Her areas of expertise include sewage and industrial waste management, chemical and biological plant design, engineering modeling, petroleum refinery process and energy conservation.  Dr. Justiz-Smith has published over twenty refereed papers and conference papers and has made several presentations of papers and manuals.

SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES, RESEARCH AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Dr. Ruth Potopsingh Appointed Associate Vice President, Sustainable Energy

Dr. Ruth Potopsingh has been appointed Associate Vice President, Sustainable Energy with effect from September 1, 2012.

Dr. Potopsingh has over 25 years of expertise in the energy sector and has been involved in several energy initiatives in Jamaica, the Caribbean and the Latin American region.   She is experienced in policy formulation and analysis, energy research, business design and management, negotiation, project management and education at the tertiary level. She previously served at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica where she held several technical management positions, culminating with Group Managing Director for four years.  She has worked as an independent consultant in the areas of energy, environment and development planning.

Dr. Potopsingh recently raised research grant funding for the University in the amount of approximately € 420, 000 for a Solar-Powered Polymer Electrolyte Membrane (PEM) production of hydrogen as a cooking fuel at a commercial scale.  She is a member of the Caribbean Research and Innovation Managers Association (CabRIMA), a newly formed organization to advance research management and innovation in the Caribbean region.  Dr. Potopsingh recently served as the lead energy consultant on the EU funded by the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica- Caribbean Association of Industry and Commerce (PSOJ-CAIC) project Building Capacity Building of Caribbean Private Sector Environmental and Energy Management Capabilities Policy, Legislative and Institutional Assessment (August 2010 – Sept. 2011)She recently introduced a module on Sustainable Land Management in a Master’s programme at UTech focusing on Climate Change impacts.

Associate Professor Paul Ivey Appointed Associate Vice President, Graduate Studies Research and Entrepreneurship

Associate Professor Paul Ivey has been appointed Associate Vice President, Graduate Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship (SGSRE) with effect from September 1, 2012.

He holds a PhD in Entomology and Environmental Science from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA as well as an MSc in Entomology and a Master’s degree in Adult Education/Lifelong studies.

In his current position of Associate Professor, SGSRE, Dr. Ivey’s responsibilities include participating in graduate policy formulation and review, selection of candidates for graduate courses and research scholarship awards, identifying funding opportunities and referring them to relevant academic units for action.  He is also involved in presenting capacity-building services within academic units and the wider university and preparing partnership statements for collaborative projects between the University and other institutions.
Prior to joining UTech, Dr. Ivey was President of the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE).

   
   

 


HIGHLIGHTING EXCELLENCE

 

UTech Student Shows off Skills in Net Riders Competition

 

 

Mr. Arnett Campbell (left), Head, School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT) in the Faculty of Engineering and Computing, UTech, presents SCIT student Mr. Ricardo Harrilal-Parchment with a special Cisco Manual as a token of appreciation for his hard work. Mr. Harrilal-Parchment was one of 445 competitors who entered the Cisco Net Riders Competition, 2012.  He placed 4th among 217 competitors emanating from the Caribbean and Latin America, and has advanced to phase 2 of the competition.  
Of the 217 competitors, 9 other Jamaicans have also advanced to Phase 2.  They represent HEART/NTA and VTDI. Mr. Harrilal-Parchment is however leading the way, with his closet Jamaican competitor ranking 75th.  At Phase 2, only the top score from each participating country will advance to Phase 3.

Net Riders competitions give students the opportunity to test their skills and recognize their weaknesses, showcase their knowledge, create interactive networking skills and develop new friendships across the world.  For instructors, the competition offers a great opportunity to lead
Heartiest congratulations to Mr. Harrilal-Parchment and his instructor, Mrs. Elmarine Jimenez on their dedication to excellence.


Faculty of Science and Sport Salutes Student Excellence

 

Nickesha Lynch (left), student, School of Computing and Information Technology (SCIT) and netball player was among the student athletes presented with a special award for attaining a GPA of 3.0 or above.  Lecturer, Faculty of Science and Sport Dr. Lorie Lawrence presents the award.


The Faculty of Science and Sport (FOSS), University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) hosted its inaugural Students’ Academic and Sport Awards ceremony on Thursday, October 4 at the Alfred Sangster auditorium, UTech Papine campus to honour student excellence in academics as well as for excellence in all 14 sporting disciplines offered at UTech.

President, Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ in his welcome, congratulated student athletes for achievements in the combination of academics and sports while representing the university and Jamaica locally and internationally.  He specially acknowledged Olympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, final year student in the College of Health Sciences for successfully combining academic and sports.  President Morrison used the occasion to call on the Faculty of Science and Sport to develop courses of study that will help to equip persons to better understand and comply with the rigors and requirements imposed by Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) athletes.


Dean of the Faculty, Dr. Colin Gyles noted that the ultimate goal of the sports programme at UTech was to ensure that student-athletes perform at the highest level both in sports and in academics.  Dr. Gyles saluted Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce for “epitomizing what we seek to achieve” and for completing her Bachelor of Science course of study in the prescribed 4 year period.  The Dean also heaped praises on the 86 student-athletes who had earned a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or above during the last academic year.

Guest speaker, Mr. Christopher Dehring, Chairman, LIME once himself a student-athlete, recounted his experience of balancing sports and academics and being pressured to choose one or the other.  He commended UTech for the vision of enabling its student-athletes to excel in both important areas of development.  Dehring emphasized that Jamaica’s brand in sport has the potential for much greater economic impact and encouraged UTech to continue to invest and build the discipline of sport.

Mr. Orville Byfield, Lecturer, Faculty of Science and Sport presents Marsha-Lee Peat with her award for Outstanding Performance in Applied Science during Year 1 of her programme for the 2011/12 Academic Year.
Mr. Errol Rowe, (left) Head of School, Mathematics Department, Faculty of Science and Sport presents Chevonne O’Dain Ebanks with his certificate for outstanding performance in Applied Statistics during year 1 of his programme in the academic year 2010-11.
 
 

SPORTSMAN AND WOMAN OF THE YEAR

 
The Sportswoman of the Year Award for 2010-11 was awarded jointly to Anneisha McLaughlin and Carrie Russell, while the 2011-12 Sportswoman of the Year award was presented to Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.  Pictured above, President Morrison presents the awards to outstanding track and field athletes (from left), Carrie Russell, Anneisha McLaughlin and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
 
Outstanding  Shot put student-athlete, Odane Richards (above left) copped the Sportsman of the Year Award for 2010-111 and Table Tennis star Simon Tomlinson (right) was happy to be named Sportsman of the Year for the period 2011-12.  The awards are being presented by Prof. the Hon. Errol Morrison, OJ, President, UTech.  

 


UTech student excels at IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference


University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) and Faculty of Engineering and Computing student, Mr. Kimroy Bailey smiles as he receives the 2nd place award in the Research Paper and Poster Competition at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Global Humanitarian Technology Conference in Seattle, Washington, USA held on October 21 -24, 2012.

University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) graduating student, Mr. Kimroy Bailey, who graduated on November 3, 2012 with the Bachelor of Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Instrumentation and Control, has being placed 2nd in the Research Paper and Poster Competition at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Global Humanitarian Technology Conference in Seattle, Washington, USA held on October 21-24, 2012.

Mr. Bailey was selected to participate in the competition based on work done in sections of his final year project which focused on making a wind turbine capable of maintaining production during tropical storm wind conditions.

 

University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) student, Kimroy Bailey explains his Research Paper and Poster concept to Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) publicity chair and conference attendee, Mr Gim Soon Wan


He was placed second among students who participated from countries like Pakistan, India, Australia, United Kingdom and the United States of America. A PhD Medical Engineering student, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was placed first which demonstrates the high level of the competition.

The project idea was conceded while Kimroy was working at the Wigton Wind Farm Ltd and had the opportunity to assist the company’s team of engineers during the 2011 preventative servicing period. This gave Kimroy a great appreciation for wind technology and led to the audacious dream of using these strong sustained Tropical Storm Winds to generate electrical power.

Kimroy explains that if a tropical storm should pass over the island wind turbines would have to stop energy production which would result in a lack of electricity or else the turbine will be damaged if operation is maintained. With this new wind turbine platform the turbine can safely maintain energy production which will ensure that the system is not damaged and the user has a constant supply of energy especially in a storm when they will need it most.

Mr. Bailey has also been a recipient of previous IEEE awards. Among them:
1st place IEEE T-shirt Competition in North Carolina, 2010;
3rd place IEEE Technical Paper Competition in Nashville Tennessee, 2011,
3rd place IEEE Open Robotics Competition, Florida 2012


Dr. Noel Brown Appointed to PERB Board

 
 

The Faculty of Engineering and Computing (FENC) and the rest of the University community  to congratulate Dr. Noel Brown – Programme Director, Mechanical Engineering on his appointment on the Professional Engineering Registration Board (PERB) for a period of one year, effective August 12, 2012.
The Professional Engineers Registration Board (PERB) is the body charged under the Professional Engineers Registration Act (PERA), of 1987, with responsibility for the registration of professional engineers and for regulating the practice of engineering, in Jamaica.  PERB currently falls under the portfolio of the Minister of Transport and Works.


Glendon Newsome Publishes on the Jamaica VRS and Cadastral Surveying

Mr. Glendon Newsome, Lecturer, School of Building and Land Management, Faculty of the Built Environment has co-authored a paper on “The Jamaica VRS and Cadastral Surveying” which was published in Coordinates Magazine of India. The paper was co-authored with Gregory Peake and Romayne Douglas.

The abstract and URL link to the full article are noted below.

ABSTRACT

The flexibility and adaptability of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) to the many and varied applications within the Surveying and Mapping arena has once again manifested itself, this time in what is known as Virtual Reference System (VRS).  Jamaica has joined the growing list of countries that have installed and integrated this innovation into their existing geodetic infrastructure.

This paper provides a history of the Jamaica Geodetic infrastructure and the changes that have taken place with this network over the last few decades. An overview of the Jamaica VRS and the results of tests on national control points that will demonstrate the ability of the geodetic network in its present form to provide the necessary integrity checks that are needed in the instance of every job being executed anywhere in the island, using the VRS, is presented. The extent to which this system is likely to impact the practice of cadastral surveying and the proposed mandatory geo-referencing of surveys is also discussed.

Read more at http://mycoordinates.org/


UTech Partners with NCB to Establish Cashless System

The University of Technology, Jamaica, (UTech) in its continuing bid to strengthen student service satisfaction has partnered with the National Commercial Bank (NCB) to introduce an electronic based Cashless System at its campuses in Kingston and Montego Bay.

The Cashless System which will be introduced at the start of the new academic year in January 2013 will be administered through a Student Card which will provide registered students with the option of paying tuition and other related fees at Point of Sale machines on and off the campuses. 
The Student Card is a re-loadable zero limit card denominated in Jamaican currency that can be used to purchase goods and services and to withdraw cash up to the amount funded on the card account.  The prepaid card is loaded with a fixed sum of money determined by the cardholder or the cardholder’s designate, eg. parent or guardian.


Benefits

Chief Business and Finance Officer, UTech, Mr. Deryke Smith, notes that “the Cashless System will make it more convenient for students to transact business with the University as it will eliminate the need to stand in long lines at the Accounts Receivables cashier and will also reduce the risk of carrying cash.”  Additionally, the Student Card holder will benefit from an up to 0.30% rebate.

The Student Card will facilitate transactions at Point of Sale merchants both on and off the campus as well as via ecommerce transactions on Jamaican websites, via Internet Banking on NCB’s website and through NCB telephone banking.

Apply Now

Registered students are encouraged to apply now to obtain their Student Card.  NCB Personnel are on hand this and every Thursday between the hours of 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the Caribbean Sculpture Park, UTech Papine campus to issue and process application forms. There is no cost for obtaining the Student Card.  Registered students may leave completed application forms along with a copy of their Identification Cards at the Drop Box located at the Students Union building.

For further information contact the Finance and Business Services UTech, UTech at 927- 1680 ext 2083.



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