LUMEN Stands for Lights for Uplifting Mankind, Environment and Nature. It is an EPICS in IEEE funded project aiming for a solar off-grid system powering street lamps. Incorporating the latest technology including Lithium batteries and Solar, LUMEN is a full-fledged event cum project which aims in aiding students in both theoretical and practical exposure to mentioned topics. Led by the experienced professional members and enthusiastic volunteers of the IEEE Kerala Section, LUMEN will be first in its kind event-cum-project which blends technological and managerial domain equally.
About EPICS in IEEE
EPICS stands for Engineering Projects in Community Service. The program was founded in 1995 at Purdue University. It was created to meet a two-fold challenge: providing community service organizations with technology they need to improve and deliver services, and providing undergraduate students with educational experiences to broaden their skills.
The program has now spread to universities throughout the United States and abroad, as well several K-12 programs. EPICS in IEEE was founded in 2009 and has facilitated more than 130 projects in over 30 countries and has impacted more than 250,000 people through our university initiative and K-12 initiative.
Spread the Light!
As a part of the Project, the Crew is organising a series of Online/Offline Workshops open to all the First,Second and Third B.Tech Undergraduate Students in the Section. Seats for the workshops will be limited. For registration, there will be a questionnaire for the students from all the 5 domains, which will be taken as the selection criteria for shortlisting the delegates to the workshops. 10 Students from the Final Offline Workshops shall be shortlisted for the Implementation Phase of the Project
Prof. Gayathri Manikutty
"LUMEN project was a maker-centred service-learning program funded by IEEE EPICS. The last two and half days before the project inauguration was like a Makeathon when thirty IEEE student members and seven IEEE Young Professionals (YPs) came together at the project site. The task was to install and commission ten 20W LED street lamps spread across the 300-meters run at Mangalath colony (a tribal colony) in Avoly Gram panchayat, Muvattupuzha, Kerala. Together, everyone assembled all the street lights from scratch (from cutting steel rods and fixing them on the poles to hold the LED lights, welding the rods, painting the poles, breaking the concrete road to route the wires and re-concreting to finish up everything, making the battery bank, and doing the wiring to connect the solar panel to the poles). In short, it was a fantastic technology-based community service learning opportunity for the students under the mentorship of the YPs.
And in two days, we installed and commissioned all the ten street lamps over the 300 m stretch of road leading to the tribal colony. Such an experiential learning program was a powerful lived experience for everyone involved. It helped build the student's self-esteem and developed a can-do attitude for real-life problem-solving. Girls rubbed shoulders with boys as equals, actively participating in every aspect of the project. As a faculty member, it was overwhelming to watch and learn from the youngsters how to make community service a joyful team-building event. And the glowing faces and pure happiness on the faces of the tribal community members when the street lights came on were truly priceless. "