Engineering technology faculty helping Sierra Leone

Engineering technology faculty members are helping to restore hope - in the form of communications systems - to war-torn Sierra Leone. Faculty members from the Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering Technology Program have volunteered their expertise to design and procure a new communications system for Project Restore Hope: Sierra Leone. Dr. Jay Porter, Dr. Joseph Morgan and Professor Emeritus Pierre Catala are working with Project Hope partner, Power from the SON, an Arlington-based company that aims to provide economically viable electric lighting and power solutions to underdeveloped countries.Project Restore Hope: Sierra Leone and its international partners are building a new center to provide medical, dental, orphan care, and training. The Texas A&M faculty members and Power from the SON are implementing technology that will provide Internet access for education, conferencing and communications purposes. In addition, Jay Johnson from the Industrial Distribution Program has worked closely with Crawford Electric Supply, a local company in Bryan, Texas, to obtain a donation of the materials necessary to implement the new network.Power from the SON President Stephen H. Vincent, Class of 1973 graduate, says he hopes to expand the partnership with and Porter, Morgan and Catala, envisioning creating an electrical communication organization of faculty and students to provide services to the developing world.