A student-led project at Wartburg College that Michael Brown of Bettendorf helped with has won a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant.

Brown, a senior at the Waverly, Iowa, college, and senior Joseph Tarawali will travel to Sierra Leone this summer to equip local farmers with solar poultry incubators that will boost production.

For their senior project, engineering students designed a new solar incubator system that can help small-scale poultry farmers improve their process and expand the poultry production sector in Sierra Leone.

“This project has required a lot of long hours in the lab, but we have been motivated because we know we will be helping someone, and we will get to see that in action,” Brown said. “This is an experience I will remember the rest of my life.”

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