A battle with TB inspired his smart medicine dispenser, now it’s won Africa’s top engineering prize

Quartz | June 06, 2019

After being diagnosed with tuberculosis in January 2014, Neo Hutiri needed medicines monthly in order to treat it. Every visit meant spending up to three and a half hours in a queue waiting for his turn at the hospital pharmacy in Johannesburg. Most of the other patients that waited along with me had to miss work just to collect their medicine, he says. The notorious queues propelled Hutiri, an electrical engineer, to come up with the Pelebox Smart Locker, a digital dispenser installed in hospitals and stocked with routine medicines by healthcare workers. In comparison, Pelebox dispenses medicines within just 36 seconds. Patients due to pick up prescriptions use a one-time personal identification number PIN sent to their phones ahead of time to access their locker of medicines. The smart lockers are temperature-controlled and can serve between 70 and 300 patients.

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Predictive engineering analytics is the application of multidisciplinary engineering simulation and test with intelligent reporting and data analytics, to develop digital twins that can predict the real world behavior of products throughout the product lifecycle. Predictive engineering analytics includes both the tactics and tools that manufacturers can leverage to expand traditional design verification and validation into a predictive role in support of systems-driven product development.

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Predictive engineering analytics is the application of multidisciplinary engineering simulation and test with intelligent reporting and data analytics, to develop digital twins that can predict the real world behavior of products throughout the product lifecycle. Predictive engineering analytics includes both the tactics and tools that manufacturers can leverage to expand traditional design verification and validation into a predictive role in support of systems-driven product development.

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Universal Engineering Sciences & GSI Engineering | December 08, 2021

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GSI joins Geotechnology in the Midwest Division of UES, led by Ed Alizadeh, PE, JD, who will continue serving as both President of the Midwest Division and CEO of Geotechnology. "GSI is a well-run organization, with great people, environmental capabilities, client relationships, and geographically desirable locations," said Ed Alizadeh. "Their highly capable staff complements our team, and together we will achieve our goals to continue to significantly grow the Midwest Division of UES." GSI Engineering President Chuck Brewer, a Principal Geologist with more than 35 years of industry experience, will continue in his role as President of GSI, reporting to Ed Alizadeh. GSI's existing leadership team will also continue in their roles. 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