Planet NI Africa News: May 2012 –
Tools for Virtual Instrumentation in the Classroom - Planet NI engineer hosts series of free seminars at universities across Cameroon.
National Instruments Southern Africa recently conducted a series of free technical seminars and training sessions for students and university staff throughout Cameroon. These events, titled “Outils pour l'enseignement et de recherche: l'instrumentation virtuelle dans la salle de classe” (Tools for Virtual Instrumentation in the Classroom) were held at 6 different university campuses across Cameroon:
- National School of Agro-Industrial Sciences Ngaoundere (ENSAI)
- Faculty of Genie Industrial Douala (FGI)
- Institute Universitaire de la cote Douala (IUC)
- Institute University of Technology Bandjoun (IUT)
- National School of Advanced Engineering of Yaounde (Polytechnique of Yaounde)
By working with local educators and NI engineers, Roland Elongue, our Planet NI Field Engineer, prepared seminars and training sessions that would inspire student innovation and help bring empowering engineering tools on campus. This resulted in over 800 students and educators attending the events and gaining access to information on the latest trends and technologies for virtual instrumentation and graphical system design, along with live demonstrations and hands-on experience with science and engineering tools from National Instruments and their technology partners.
“With Planet NI, one of our major objectives is to empower engineers and students in developing countries” said Stephen Plumb, Branch Manager for NI Southern Africa. “We are extremely proud of our recent Planet NI seminars and training courses in Cameroon. Thanks to the willingness of both NI engineers and local educators, we were able to provide a unique learning experience for almost 1,000 students and educators”.
Through the dynamic environment created at these events, NI engineers and university staff have identified several opportunities to improve access to the latest technologies on campus. We will continue to work with staff and students at the universities and look forward to future partnered activities.