Chasing the dream of clean water through co-op

Thursday, March 22, 2018

by Shawn Syjueco

Uchenna Mbanefo

In some parts of the world, it can take several hours each day to find uncontaminated water. Third-year Chemical Engineering student Uchenna Mbanefo’s dream is to eliminate this burden by making clean drinking water easily accessible in her home country of Nigeria.

Mbanefo recently completed an eight-month co-op work term at Trojan Technologies, a company which helps its clients meet water quality objectives through eco-efficient solutions. As a laboratory technician, Mbanefo’s main task was to conduct preliminary tests on water samples that clients sent in and prepare the results.

Her passion and determination in this field quickly led her to take on larger roles and responsibilities within Trojan Technologies. “I was put in charge of a project, speaking directly with representatives of the client to find out what they wanted, treating the water myself, shipping it out and managing all of the logistics,” Mbanefo says.

She completed this work skillfully by bringing together all that she had learned over eight months with the company. The knowledge gained from this experience is a significant step forward in turning Mbanefo’s dream into reality.

Mbanefo was offered a full-time position at Trojan Technologies after graduation. While the company continues to broaden their clientele, they have not yet expanded into Africa. She describes Trojan Technologies’ work to be “a clean process” and hopes they will eventually bring these innovations to this region.

To learn more about Trojan Technologies, visit their website.