UMians qualify for spot in international design engineering contest

Students taking up their engineering degrees at the University of Mindanao are advancing to the international leg of the James Dyson Award after finishing among the runner-ups in the Philippine leg of the competition.

Team sRAD is led by Neil Anthony Jamili, who is in his fifth year taking up his bachelor of science in Chemical Engineering; with Jenner Gurrea, Rolante Charles Barat, and Hyacinth Mae Cortez, who are currently taking their internships at sRAD Green Solutions Corporation.

Source: James Dyson Awards website.

The team submitted their design for Pyroclave Mantis; a medical waste processor that utilizes pyrolysis, which is “a process decomposing organic material using extreme heat in the absence of oxygen,” according to the team’s brief on their design. This results in lesser waste and lesser emissions.

Source: James Dyson Award website


The James Dyson Award was established to encourage innovation in design among student engineers all over the world. It is based in the United Kingdom where judges select the top three qualifying entries per country, and then shortlist it to just 20 teams coming from all over the world.

According to the James Dyson Award website, they will announce the top 20 teams on September 21.

The UMian team qualifies with teams from De La Salle University and De La Salle University- St. Benilde.

Even more exciting is that their team’s designs for medical waste treatments were accepted in all categories for this year’s ASEAN Impact Challenge, said Jamili, which is a ‘regional program to discover innovators and entrepreneurs from Southeast Asia who are accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals through cross-sector partnerships and scaling disruptive innovations,’ according to the event’s website. The ASEAN Impact Challenge 2018 is also under the United Nations Development Program.


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