EDS Humanitarian Projects
Automated and Sustainable Drip Irrigation System in Rural Nicaragua
A collaboration between EDS, IEEE SIGHT and local partners, led by EDS Member, Mario Aleman
The project purpose was to implement an automated and sustainable drip irrigation system powered by solar energy and controlled by a microcontroller. The project benefited a community in La Paz, Carazo, Nicaragua, with a sustainable system for improving their agricultural production. The group established a community shelter for local and international volunteers to visit and develop outreach activities and projects. This project aims to scale and replicate the good practices of community development carried out by IEEE EDS Nicaragua Chapter, SIGHT Nicaragua and local partners.
Watch this video to see the project's development.
1st Region 9 EDS Application Specific Integrated Circuit Contest was launched September 2020, with a second contest scheduled for later in 2021.
Read poster for more information on the selected proposals and contest.
LAEDC Scholarships - Global Outreach Project
A total of 30 international EDS students, including at least 20 undergraduate students from Central America, and graduate students from South America, Europe and North America, attended the IEEE Latin American Electron Devices Conference (LAEDC), in San Jose, Costa Rica, held in February 2020.
Students attended an EDS mini-colloquia, a poster presentation session, an EDS-ETC training workshop at a local university, and the full conference program, including social activities. The participation of students from Central America motivated them to join the IEEE and EDS, and create new IEEE EDS chapters.
IEEE EDS finances new educational project at LCA - Faculty of Engineering and Agricultural Sciences
Promoting STEM courses to young students for renewable energy and open source technology, was the purpose of this program. EDS volunteers developed educational tools for the new challenges and opportunities that will be required by future professionals for problem solving, innovation and the possibilities offered by the world of renewable energy and sustainable development. The team offered virtual workshops at technical schools and in-person courses when safe.
IEEE EDS Industry Placement Initiative
This program sponsored 10 current and newly graduated students to spend time in industry on any topics aligned with EDS. Students gained valuable hands-on knowledge in quantum technologies, neuromorphic computing/accelerators of AI, compound semiconductors (GaN and SiC), renewables, 5G/IoT, reliability and CMOS. Participants from Europe, Asia and South America benefited from this program in 2020. Read their experiences.
Community Technology Literacy Through 3D printing Technology and Energy harvesting cells for Water Monitoring Applications
The “community technology literacy IEEE” project has successfully developed a two-parameter (pH and conductivity) water quality meter designated as PortAqua. Their main characteristics are modular, low-cost, intended to be used for non-technical users, with friendly interface and aimed to be assembled by each user. PortAqua was also used as a teaching tool in order to allow the local academic community to understand water quality measurement techniques and local regulations.
More information on this project can be seen at
IEEE EDS Design Innovation for Emergency Preparedness and Sustainability
IEEE EDS has recently sponsored an online-based workshop on Electronic Gadget Design in Malaysia. The event was hosted by the Malaysian EDS Chapter. Prof. Muhammad Hussain of the University of California Berkeley and Ms. Wedyan Babatain of KAUST, Saudi Arabia conducted this unique workshop where 15 undergraduate and graduate students who are studying in seven different universities in Malaysia participated. They formed four groups and went through a seven steps process involving team formation, survey, brainstorming, planning, development, testing and optimization for 6 weeks to demonstrate a floor mat that can detect if someone has accidental fall/trip; a greenhouse monitor and automated control system; a piezoelectric energy harvester and touchless toilet cleaning system. This event was supported under IEEE EDS Design Innovation for Emergency Preparedness and Sustainability Program and will be offered in South America, South Asia and MENA.
EDS Project #56 - Extended EDS-ETC: DIY Robotics
In the era of IR4.0, IEEE EDS members in Malaysia conducted workshops related to Coding and Robotics. The educational kits used were 1)Snap Circuits with Coding (using bluetooth-powered SC controller and enabled via app-driven BOTCode and BLOCKLY codes), 2)Tobbie II Robot which uses micro:bit programmable board for coding using Microsoft MakeCode Editor or Python Editor, 3)Educational Solar Bot.14 Robot which explains the concept of renewable energy where it is powered by solar energy to work on land and water, 4)Microbit and MakerUno kits for robotics and coding and 5)TinkerCAD and Microsoft MakeCode Editor as online robotics and coding software. Watch Project Video