We need younger innovative minds – Muwina

Engineering Institution of Zambia (EIZ) Engineers Representative Eng. Lt. Col. Lillian Muwina has said the Paperate Competition serves as a platform for young engineering professional to develop and express their innovative ideas.
Speaking during the Paperate Competition held in Kitwe at Pamo Lodge recently, Eng. Muwina said EIZ is happy that students are taking their projects seriously hence the platform created for them to compete against each other for the best engineering projects.
“I recognise that as students you have taken time and made extra efforts to prepare your projects and for this I commend you all,” she said.
Eng. Muwina went on to say that Paperate Competitions not only provide a tool to check on engineering education standards in our Schools but also on the relevance of results we deliver to industry.
“EIZ recently signed an agreement with the Higher Education Authority which is a clear indicator of how committed the institution is to ensure quality is uncompromised on engineering programmes in Zambia,” she said.
She further said engineering contributes significantly to better society, economy and the nation.
“We want you as upcoming engineers to fully demonstrate your innovative ideas and critical thinking skills, therefore this is an opportunity for you to show how your projects will help improve the economy and help develop our country Zambia,” she said.
She went on to say that EIZ’s focus is to strengthen its own capacities, improve methodologies and ensure that the work of the students reflects on engineering perspective.
Eng. Muwina said the momentum created within the institution cannot be slowed down because skills in the 21st century is driven by excellence in Science, engineering and innovation by pushing the boundaries of knowledge and applying discoveries to produce new and improved products.
“This is therefore why we need to do better and improve our capacity to innovate and change our cultural mind set,” she said.
She also said the platform aims to give students a learning experience from each other which will help inspire the minds of other students to nurture engineering amongst themselves.
And speaking earlier EIZ Registrar and CEO Eng. Newton Zulu said paper writing and presentation is a basis on which knowledge should be shared.
He said the essence of the competition is to promote paper presentations starting at student level.
“EIZ being what it is, an institution mandated to promote the growth of engineering in the country, will be at the centre of generating knowledge that is relevant to the practice of engineering and make society a better place to live in,” he said.
And speaking at the same event, EIZ College Representative in the Northern Region Eng. Tina Phiri encouraged the students to continue working hard and improve on their projects.
She urged the students to use the knowledge gained in industry to help grow the profession and contribute to the economy of the country.
“I am proud to learn that we have design engineers who can design and create new innovations for the country,” she said.
This year’s competition saw 14 young engineering professionals from the University of Zambia and the Copperbelt University taking part.
After presenting their papers, four students were picked with the first position going to CBU student Luhanga Mbela who presented on design and fabrication of an agitated grain sieving machine; the second position going to Kelvin Chongo who presented a design of a subsonic table top wind tunnel.
The third position was scoped by two students both from the University of Zambia. Francis Chewe presented on the determination of total heat load when mining the deep sections below 1457 metre level at Mufulira Mine, Zambia and Wamundila Akabombo presenting on the design of a Micro Hydropower station on Lusaka’s Ngwerere wastewater stream.
The four will be sponsored to attend the 2018 Annual General Meeting and Symposium in Livingstone and be given a chance to present before the general membership.

Msiska, Kan’gombe commend EIZ

Secretary to the Cabinet Dr Roland Msiska has commended the Engineering Institution for Zambia (EIZ) for introducing mentorship programmes for young engineering professionals.

Speaking when he officiated at the EIZ business meeting held in Lusaka at the Radisson Blu hotel recently, Dr Msiska said the issue of mentorship and coaching is a very important element in building the young generation.

“My hope is that the reason why you are speaking about coaching and mentorship is to shift young men and women who have just qualified to be competent through coaching and mentorship from senior professionals,” he said.

He said mentorship is something that is important not only to the engineering professionals but to all professionals in the country.

Dr Msiska went on to say that the country has too many people with qualifications but not competent.

“We have to admit that competence is key among our professionals and so we need to start looking at competence-based type of training and assessments where issue of coaching and mentoring becomes a very critical component,” he said.

He said the mentorship Programme will help move people from not just being qualified but to being competent engineering professionals who will then help develop the country.

The Secretary to the Cabinet urged the engineering professionals to look at the 7th National Development Plan because the economy cannot happen without industrialisation and value addition which is emphasised in the 7th National Development Plan.

Dr Msiska went on to say that though the country is 53 years old since independence, Zambia is still importing equipment that should be developed by local engineering professionals.

He further said these are the challenges that the profession should start addressing.

Dr Msiska went on to say that though the country is 53 years old since independence, Zambia is still importing equipment that should be developed by local engineering professionals.

He further said these are the challenges that the profession should start addressing.

He went on to say that the theme of discussion “Fostering Sustainable Economic Growth through Human Capital Development” will help come up with resolutions on what needs to be done with regards to stable human capital development because human capital is one of the critical determinants of sustainable growth.

“For growth to be sustainable there is need therefore to invest in human capital and skills because without properly designed deliberate human capital development programmes we cannot develop as a nation,” he said.

He further said any institution that is futuristic in thinking and planning should start with human capital development because as professionals what EIZ does should always be in the interest of serving the country, the people of Zambia and the society at large.

He said that it is clear that in today’s increasingly competitive world sustainable growth requires continuous improvement in productivity efficiency which in turn requires among other things sustained investment in human capital development.

“One of the ways we can attract foreign direct investment is by having competent qualified personnel because without such personnel it becomes a challenge,” he said.

He went on to say that Government and his office are always open to new engineering ideas and innovation that will help the country develop and have industries that will greatly contribute to the economy.

And speaking  at the business meeting held in Kitwe, Kitwe Mayor Eng. Christopher Kan’gombe said engineering professionals need to be in the forefront of finding solutions to challenges being faced by the country especially ones to do with energy, infrastructure development, industrialisation and insufficient numbers of competent and experienced human capital.

He said professionals need to help the government in the implementation of projects, programmes and overall development agenda for adopting best practices in various roles within the engineering fraternity.

“What we want is to see local and indigenous Zambia engineering professionals such as yourselves taking center stage in all aspects of the development agenda of this country in as far as engineering is concerned,” he said.

He said until engineering professionals take a lead in the various infrastructure projects currently taking shape in the country there won’t be increased job and wealth creation.

The mayor said there is need to help government to find ways to sustain the country’s human capital in the engineering fraternity for the nation to fully implement the mammoth task outlined in the 7th National Development Plan.

He further said that government remains committed in the construction of roads, hospitals, and schools among other infrastructural development projects which need professionals in order to have projects of high standards.

“This can only be achieved if our engineering professionals are effective and efficient as they operate ethically and have adequate skills and competencies necessary for tasks ahead,” he said.

He went on to say that there is need for mindset change towards work so as to have a reliable cadre of engineering professionals ready to undertake any national programme.

Eng. Kan’gombe also called on the institution to consider transforming engineering professionals’ attitude towards work as the mentorship Programme is being put in place.

And speaking at both meetings EIZ President Eng. George Sitali said EIZ has seen a big gap between learning institutions and the industry hence the initiative to introduce mentorship and coaching for young engineering professionals.

“This meeting is to discuss actionable ideas that will inform policy choices for fostering sustainable economic growth in Zambia through human capital development,” he said.

Eng. Sitali said this is to be achieved with the help of the senior engineering professionals who are fellows of the institution to offer mentorship to the young upcoming engineering professionals.

The two business meetings were held under the theme “Fostering sustainable economic growth through human capital development”.

Women launch engineering section

ACTING President Inonge Wina has launched the first-ever Zambia Women in Engineering Section (ZWES) with a call to increase the number of women in the engineering sector in Zambia.
Mrs Wina said in Lusaka yesterday that the need to involve women in matters of development like engineering has increased the world over as evidenced by the number of pronouncements made to support women’s participation.
Mrs Wina, who was represented by Minister of Energy and Water Development Dora Siliya, said women participation in engineering has steadily grown over the years thus the need for them to have a voice and the section. Read more “Women launch engineering section”