IChemE launches poverty challenge

The Institute of Chemical Engineers has launched a challenge to engineers to develop technology that could help some of the world’s poorest communities


The Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) has launched a challenge to engineers to develop technology that could help some of the world’s poorest communities.



IChemE is looking for individuals and teams to develop and use chemical engineering technology to support people living on less than $2 (£1) a day. The winning project will be announced at the Institution’s annual awards dinner in Birmingham later this year.



The winning entry of the ‘Dhirubhai Ambani Award for Resource-Poor People’ will receive a $10,000 (£5,000) donation to further their research.



IChemE President Dr Ramesh Mashelkar said that his own upbringing in the poverty-stricken streets of Mumbai made the prize especially important to him.



‘There are so many people in the world who survive on less than $2 a day and it is those people that this new award will support.’ he said. ‘I am looking forward to learning about some of the many outstanding projects that are taking place to support poorer communities.’



The award is sponsored by Indian manufacturing giant Reliance Industries and named after the company founder, Dhirubhai Ambani.