PELKINS AJANOH

ENTREPRENEUR.INVENTOR.

 

ABOUT

Pelkins is an entrepreneur and inventor. He was born in Limbe, Cameroon and graduated from high school with the highest score in the country in the Advanced Level. Afterwards, he immigrated to the US where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2018. In his junior year at MIT, Pelkins founded CassVita, a tech-enabled agribusiness that invented a novel technology for increasing the shelf-life of cassava – a highly nutritive but rapidly deteriorating tropical root vegetable – from 3 days to 18 months, disrupting the health and wellness food space while providing sustainable livelihoods to 500 farmers. Pelkins is an innovator at heart. Before founding CassVita, he developed several solutions for multinationals including Microsoft, McKinsey & Company, and General Motors, where he patented novel technologies for self-driving cars. His work at CassVita has been recognized with multiple awards including Albert G. Hill Prize (at MIT), Suzanne Berger Award for Future Global Leaders (at MIT), Harvard Innovation Labs Social Impact Fellowship Fund, Harvard Social Impact and Change Initiative (Cheng Fellowship), the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, as well as by multiple institutions including the New York Times, MIT School of Engineering, Harvard School of Engineering, and the European Union. Pelkins is currently pursuing a dual MS/MBA degree from Harvard School of Engineering and Harvard Business School. 

 

LEADERSHIP/STRATEGIC WORK

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Co-founder 

CassVita Inc. is a tech-enabled CPG business that has invented a novel technology for increasing the shelf-life of cassava a highly nutritive but rapidly deteriorating tropical root vegetable from 3 days to 18 months, enabling the disruption of the global health and wellness food market.

Associate

Worked with McKinsey Center for Future Mobility to provide a forward-thinking and integrated perspective that helps industry leaders and policy makers lead change and navigate an increasingly autonomous, connected, electrified, and shared future.

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Africa Learning Circle

Co-founder

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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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

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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