About S2PAfrica

The S2PAfrica Internship Program

The S2PAfrica Internship program is one of the integrative platforms through which we impact engineering education for true innovation across Africa.

Through our 6-month long program, our faculty engages a limited number of engineering students from African Universities in a virtual space, where theory meets practiced skill, to produce astute engineers for the future.

 

How it works

Engineering students in their 4th year of study, are accepted into the S2PAfrica Internship Program during the mandatory Students' Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES), where they work on projects that help convert classroom knowledge to actual product creation in virtual laboratories, while also providing video materials useful for engineering design and simulation lectures, under the instruction of the Program faculty.

During the internship, they are encouraged to master the use of Autodesk Fusion 360 for 3D modeling using its Application Programmer Interface, and then tasked with designing projects using the Autodesk CFD package. The entire experience positions them to become graduates skilled in programming, and equipped with the kind of cutting-edge expertise needed by industries for effective engineering solutions.

 

Program Requirements

To be accepted into the program, prospective interns are expected to have some expertise in these 4 subject areas;

•             Solid modeling graphics

•             Tensor algebra and calculus

•             Continuum mechanics

•             Python for API Modelling and Design (+ symbolic algebra Mathematica coding software package)

 

Program Timelines

We accept Interns once a year in small groups of 4 students who work with us for 24 weeks before they return to their Institutions to begin their final year classes. Intake size will increase as the program evolves.

Information on 2022 application and entry dates will be available shortly.

How to apply

·        Take the Continuum Mechanics online course and self-test a semester before the SIWES commences (60% pass mark qualifies you to apply for the internship)

·        Take the one-month crash course on Python for Modeling and Design using Autodesk Fusion 360 API a month before an application is submitted.

·        Submit an application to admin@s2pafrica.org

·        A two-week design challenge task using Autodesk Fusion API is given and submission assessed.

·        Successful applicants are contacted via email and initially offered 3-months paid internship

·        Performance review is done after the first 3months and only interns that have consistently shown commitment to S2PAfricagoals in all presentations will have their internship renewed for the next 3months.

 

Program Structure

We hold an orientation session for successful interns during the first two weeks of the program.

Since the preparatory courses are taken before internship commences, the faculty simply provides support to interns as they learn on the go with several projects. Interns are expected to share their learnings and questions during the virtual bi-weekly meetings with our instructors.

The interns meet with the Program Coordinator every other week to discuss challenges and resources are provided to help them progress in their assigned tasks.

 

Our Interns

Since the inception of our Internship Program, we have worked with 4 promising engineering students and their curiosity, intelligence, and hard work have enriched the program immensely. They have also done an excellent job of creating our virtual laboratories, all of this accomplished before reaching their capstone year.

Meet our Interns

Okwesilieze Uwadoka

Okwesilieze Uwadoka is a student of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Lagos who joined the program in February 2021. He has worked on several virtual lab projects which involved creating models on the Fusion 360 API and carrying out Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations on Autodesk CFD.

Temitayo Omodehin

Temitayo Omodehin is a 23-year-old Mechanical Engineering student in his 4th year of study at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He got accepted into the program this year and specialized in computational fluid dynamics simulation of flow and heating systems, as well as the parametric design of 3D models.

Chiedozie Chika-Umeh

Chiedozie Chika-Umeh is a student of the Department of Mechanical Engineering in the University of Lagos. During his internship, he worked on virtual laboratory projects involving the use of Autodesk Fusion 360 to produce parametric 3D models of mechanical components and performing Computational Fluid Dynamics simulations on the models using Autodesk CFD.

Fadil Ojifinni

Fadil Ojifinni is a 4th year student of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Lagos. During his program, he worked on the Parametric design, prototyping and testing of Yam pounder blades with the goal of producing a culturally competent food processor for a well-loved Nigerian staple.

 

 

Faculty/Instructors

Dr. Olayinka O. Adewumi

Internship Program Director

Dr. Adewumi is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Lagos. She teaches Engineering Design to undergraduates at the University of Lagos using a new curriculum that emphasizes practical applications in line with S2P principles.

As internship Program Director, she coordinates intern projects and prepares interns for all presentations to the S2PAfrica Initiative Team, as well as participants from professional bodies & industries.

Prof. Omotayo Fakinlede

Instructor for the Autodesk Fusion 360 API for Modeling and Design & Autodesk CFD

Prof. Fakinlede is a Mechanical Engineer with a doctoral degree in Computational Mechanics from the University of Alberta, and 35+ years of experience as an educator in two major Nigerian universities. Currently, he heads the IDRC funded project Rethinking the West African engineering ecosystem: New pilots for building capacity in research and advanced training in engineering. You can find out more about this project here.

Dr. Tunde Adegbola

Instructor for Python for Machine Learning

Dr. Adegbola is an Electrical Engineer with a Ph.D. in Information Systems and Linguistics. He has 35+ years of experience as a broadcast engineer and over 18 years of experience developing intellectual, human and other resources required for the active use of African Languages on modern information communication technologies (ICT). Currently, Dr. Adegbola is developing an S2P project to make modern PaaS (product as a service) platforms accessible to Nigerian artisans in their native languages.

 

What our Interns are saying…

“My initial design/coding challenge - the design, simulation, and optimization of a pump impeller- was the first of many virtual laboratory projects that I worked on as an S2PAFRICA intern. It entailed a whole lot and catapulted me into my journey as a programmer and design engineer. To create 3Dmodels of the pump impeller, I had to utilize my knowledge of the Python programming language. I also had to go further to learn more about Computational Fluid Dynamics and Turbomachines, to carry out simulations accurately. Visualization of the simulation results widened my scope about pressure and velocity distributions within pumps, the discharge head of a pump, and also what fully developed flow means, as I was able to see how water flows through a pump.

Overall, this project made me a better engineer and showed me the importance of parametric modeling, simulation, and optimization in the world of engineering. It also made me realize that the creation of useful products is very feasible, even for students in the university.”

-         Okwesilieze Uwadoka

 

“My internship with Science to Products Africa Initiative (S2PAfrica) has been an eye-opening experience. Over the 24 weeks of my internship, I have gained the knowledge and experience necessary to succeed as an engineer in the real world. I was able to work on projects that emphasized solving problems relevant to my local environment.

Through rigorous presentations, testing and design, overseen by various engineers and experts in the field, I have gained a deep respect for the work that goes into the creation of engineering products and services. Most importantly, I am grateful for the experiences and the skills I have gained. I am certain that my journey with S2PAfrica will serve as a platform that opens new doors in my academic and professional career.”

-         Temitayo Omodehin

“Design for me has always been linear, in the sense that I believed my abilities to model using the GUI was the only skill I needed to master. How wrong I was! I have come to understand that design is iterative, hence the need to discover more ways to conceptualize an object or idea. Within just a few weeks of my internship, I soon realized the limitations in my design processes.

Over the past six months, I have learned that there is more than one way to solve a problem and I have developed skills that will help me become a better engineer. I never thought I needed to learn programming and simulation to this extent, but now I can’t imagine solving a problem without them.”

-         Fadil Ojifinni

 

About the AUTHOR

Science to Product Africa Initiative (S2PAfrica) is in the business of transforming and shaping lives. We are engaged in finding holistic solutions to the educational challenges of pre-industrial communities in Africa.

Thank you!

Big thanks to all our attendees, competitors,  judges, corporate and individual sponsors for making the first S2P Engineering Design Competition a success.

Huge congratulations to our 10 finalists and to team  Koye Hydro who emerged ahead of over 40 teams as the Winner of the S2PAfrica EDC 2022, taking home $10,000 IDRC grand prize and $2000 from Cummins West Africa, to fund the development of their project as well as teams KeyTrick and Improved Charcoal Stove came in second and third respectively.

A new bar has been set and we can’t wait for EDC 2023.