PELKINS AJANOH

ENGINEER.INVENTOR.ENTREPRENEUR.

 

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". Growing up in Cameroon's diversity, Pelkins developed a global interest from childhood. This interest led him to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he graduated in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, concentrating in Robotics. Pelkins is passionate about leveraging the fourth industrial revolution 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 a tech-enabled CPG business in his native Cameroon that is empowering over 500 farmers. He is currently 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 Inc. is a tech-enabled CPG business operating in Cameroon and the US whose mission is to create innovative, delicious, and healthy superfoods from cassava to satisfy the growing global health and wellness market while empowering farmers locally.

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. 

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Global Shaper

The Global Shapers Community is an initiative of the World Economic Forum. The ecosystem of extraordinary young people under 30 was launched in 2011 in response to the absence of young peoples' voices in global decision-making.

TECHNICAL WORK

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Engineering Product Manager

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NUBIA: NeUral Based Interchangeability Assessor

Machine Learning Side-Project

Created a novel, state-of-the-art metric for evaluating similarity for text generation

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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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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

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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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News feature on Harvard MS/MBA front page

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Post feature by the U.S. Embassy in Yaounde

MIT student reflects on her internship experience at CassVita

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            News feature on front page of MIT website

Blog feature about CassVita on MIT Admissions website

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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

 

AWARDS

 

PATENTS & CERTIFICATIONS

 

 SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS & PRESENTATIONS

 

HOBBIES

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NOTABLE MEETINGS