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The Marianist Way: UD Engineering Donates Used Equipment to Schools in Togo

By Haley Puleo, marketing and communications intern

The University of Dayton School of Engineering donated more than 50 pieces of lab equipment for students attending Marianist schools in Togo, Africa, this summer.

Equipment was coordinated with Brother Tchamie Kadja, a teacher at the Robert Mattlé Technical School in Togo. The Marianist Brothers contacted Dean Eddy Rojas, who agreed to provide equipment to the school.

“Due to near constant advances in technology, we have laboratory equipment that is replaced on a regular basis,” Rojas said.  “While not up to current U.S. standards, this equipment is a step up for our partners in Togo and really facilitates learning for their STEM students.”

The lab equipment was donated from several different departments including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering management and UDit. Specifics included 16 power supplies, 12 projectors, 19 digital multimeters, 8 oscilloscopes and a few miscellaneous lab items. 

“The school’s administration and I are very grateful for this kind gesture from UD,” said Kadja.

Kadja was able to confirm with Eric Grimm, director of engineering labs, that the shipment from the University arrived safely in early August. 

During Kadja’s time at Robert Mattlé, he used Dayton’s donations to complete a physics lab and computer lab for his students. The remaining unused equipment will be forwarded to two other schools in the area.

“The Brothers are doing quite a good job in education, and we hope our cooperation will continue over time,” said Kadja. “This year, the nation’s top performing high school student in science came from Mattlé Technical School.

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