PELKINS AJANOH

ENGINEER.INVENTOR.ENTREPRENEUR.

ASPIRING GLOBAL LEADER

 

ABOUT

Pelkins was born in Limbe – a seaside city in the South West Region of Cameroon. With over 300 native languages and diverse climatic zones, Cameroon is nicknamed: "Africa in miniature". Moving to the US after high scool and initially attending Tarrant County College and the University of Texas at Arlington, Pelkins was one of three students accepted for transfer admission into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Spring of 2016. He graduated from MIT in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, concentrating in Robotics. He is passionate about leveraging his engineering and humanities skills to build institutions that use technology to solve some of the world's most challenging issues. He has two years of experience using artificial intelligence to improve sensing capabilities for autonomous vehicles and has patented autonomous sensing technologies. In his junior year of college, Pelkins started an agribusiness in his native Cameroon that is empowering over 300 farmers. He will be pursuing his interest in tech entrepreneurship through the dual MS/MBA program at Harvard Business School and Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

 

LEADERSHIP

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Africa Learning Circle

Co-founder

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Co-founder 

CassVita is an agribusiness in Cameroon involved in the value chain of transforming cassava into high quality flours with the ultimate goal of industrializing Africa and empowering farming communities. 

The Africa Learning Circle (ALC) is the innovation and entrepreneurship arm of MIT's African Students' Association devoted to principled entrepreneurship with a rigorous study of the African continent. The ALC boasts of three companies/organizations operating in Cameroon, Nigeria, the US, and Ghana. 

TECHNICAL WORK

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Engineering Program Manager

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Self-Driving Car Engineer

Patented a novel methodology for calibrating radars for self-driving cars which remarkably reduced calibration time from 8 hours to under 10 minutes

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Augmenting Protein Network Embeddings with Sequence Information

Machine Learning Side-Project

First of a sequence of fun, side projects worked on with three friends from undergrad, with aim to keep up with state-of-the-art research in deep learning

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Relationship Between Wind Velocity and Orientation, and Faults in Electrical Network

Machine Learning Researcher

Made recommendations for prediction of instances of faults in the French electrical network using wind velocity and orientation data

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3D Printing Assisted Fabrication of Soft Robotic Hand with Embedded Soft Electronic Circuits

Undergraduate Researcher and Inventor 

Invented a novel approach for embedding printed, elastic circuits in soft robotic devices that won first prize in Soft Robotics competition organized by Harvard

Effect of Inclination and Distance of Stop Sign on Accuracy of Learning and Non-learning Algorithms

Class Project

Investigated the effectiveness of different vision processing algorithms on the ability of a self-driving car to recognize stop signs

 

PRESS

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Video feature by MIT School of Engineering

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Post feature by the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde

Blog feature about CassVita on MIT Admissions website

MIT student reflects on her internship experience at CassVita

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Contribution towards revamping MIT ASA into award winning student organization

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Interview (in French) by Cameroon Business Today

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CassVita invited for partnership with word's leading exporter of phosphate fertilizers

 

AWARDS

 

PATENTS & CERTIFICATIONS

 

 SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS & PRESENTATIONS

 

MUSIC

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NOTABLE MEETINGS

 

CONTACT

For speaking engagements, media inquiries, appearances, or just to say hi, please reach out at:
pelkinsajanoh@icloud.com

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