UM team victorious in Inter-Mindanao Chemical Engineering Pitching competition

The University of Mindanao’s representatives to last Thursday’s Inter-Mindanao Chemical Engineering Pitching competition were victorious in all categories with their Pyroclave Solaris machine, which converts medical waste for agricultural use.

Held at the Ateneo de Davao University, the UM team composed of Neil Anthony S. Jamili, B.S in ChE as team leader, and members Prasef Karl Andres Cortes, B.S in ChE, Renzal D. Jamad, B.S. in ME, and Reil S. Romero, B.S. in Entrep; with Engr. Ramiro Emerson Amon, ChE as their coach, emerged as the winners against competing teams from Mindanao State University, Xavier University, and ADDU; among others, in the categories of Team and Elevator pitch.

Awarding ceremonies were held last Saturday.

The team’s Pyroclave Solaris machine is a step up from the current technology used in managing and disposing medical waste, which requires specialized machinery.

According to Jamili, their invention is different as it produces zero waste and carbon emissions, and uses less energy.

This is also the same invention that landed the group a spot among the 48 teams from all over the world in the prestigious Hult Prize, an event that brings together the best and brightest college students from all over the world, taking their ideas to address some of the world’s most pressing problems and giving them the opportunity to have their inventions funded and produced on a bigger scale.

The team will leave for Ecuador, where the competition will be held, on March 13.

Hult Prize is a United Nations (UN) backed event where the top five teams chosen from the Ecuador eliminations will have the opportunity to present their inventions at the UN Convention.

The winner will receive USD1 million tax-free as a startup investment capital for their company so that they may have the resources to produce their invention on a larger scale.

About the author: Salud Petalcorin