William Kisaalita, a professor of biological and agricultural engineering, was recognized by the Association of University Technology Managers in its most recent “Better World Report” for keeping milk cold and safe to drink in areas that lack electricity.
Kisaalita along with his students engineered a milk cooler and a nutcracker meant to improve the output—and the income—of low-wage workers.
Kisaalita’s milk cooler is designed to help dairy farmers, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, who lack access to refrigeration. Using this product, farmers are able to cool milk produced in the evening and sell it in the market the next day. Kisaalita’s nutcracker is designed to crack the hard shells of Argan nuts, which yield expensive oil for cosmetic products.