Four 500L Electrical and Electronics Engineering Students of Nile University of Nigeria have received the 2023 Technology Innovation Award from The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Bwari Branch, for their outstanding design and construction of an Autonomous Plant Disease Detection Drone.
The 2023 NSE Technology Innovation Award was presented to the students by Engr. Ijirotimi Olanrewaju, Chairman of the NSE, Bwari Branch, and his team during a courtesy visit to Professor Dilli Dogo, Vice Chancellor of Nile University of Nigeria, on Thursday, August 10, 2023.
The leadership of NSE and Nile University during the award presentation to the Nile University Students and recipients of the 2023 Technology Innovation Award.
While welcoming the NSE team, Prof. Dilli Dogo, Vice Chancellor of Nile University, stated that “Over the years, Nile University has deliberately moved away from traditional classroom education practices in favor of more dynamic practical approaches that equip students with both knowledge and skills for the world of work. This is demonstrated by the numerous partnerships, student and faculty exchange programs between Nile University, Engineering Associations, and Other Universities both at home and abroad, including the NSE, COREN, SPE, APWEN, Erasmus Foundation (U.K), the University of Mount Union, Ohio, USA, and others, which enhances the student experience, outcomes, and employability for Impact.”
A cross-section of Nile University leadership & academic team and the NSE, Bwari Branch leadership team, during the 2023 technology innovation award presentation.
Engr. Ijirotimi in his remark emphasized that in addition to the society’s efforts to promote engineering in Nigerian universities, the visit by the NSE team aimed to acknowledge, appreciate, and reward the exceptional work of young engineers who are making significant contributions to the engineering field, thereby fostering the growth of engineering in the country.
The four recipients of the 2023 NSE Technology Innovation Award are:
- Musa A. Badaru: Team Lead & Plant Disease Detection Analyst
- Sarah R. Tanko: Obstacle Detection and Avoidance Specialist
- Jibril J. Mohammed: Drone Hardware & Fitting Expert
- Abdulrauf M. Nabeel: Autonomous Flight and Control Systems Specialist
L-R: Award recipients, Musa A. Badaru, Jibril J. Mohammed, Sarah R. Tanko, Abdulrauf M. Nabeel with Engr. Ijirotimi Olanrewaju, Chairman of the NSE, Bwari Branch.
These Nile University students designed and constructed, an Autonomous Plant Disease Detection Drone, an aerial surveillance device capable of enhancing crop health monitoring by providing rapid, accurate, and non-invasive plant disease detection capabilities. This Agrotech device was showcased during the Nile University’s Engineering Project Fair 2023.
Display of the Autonomous Plant Disease Detection Drone during the Nile University’s Engineering Project Fair 2023
The Autonomous Plant Disease Detection Drone presents a game-changing opportunity for the agricultural industry. Its remarkable capabilities in swift and accurate disease detection, coupled with its autonomous features and real-time data analysis, make it an invaluable tool for farmers, agronomists, and researchers.
With its immense benefits, the Autonomous Plant Disease Detection Drone marks a significant milestone in the evolution of precision agriculture, paving the way for a more sustainable and productive future in the realm of food production that contributes to global food security.