Incubator Project

What are creative ways to increase conversations and partnerships between Humanities, Social Science and STEM fields - and develop socially conscious approaches to problem solving?


Thanks to the generous and enthusiastic support of University of California, Santa Barbara's  NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) chapter, The Center for Black Studies Research and The College of Engineering  at UCSB, ÉnergieRich launched a project in the winter quarter of 2015 with dynamic UCSB students.  The participants are working to design and build a solar powered poultry egg incubator.


Students are designing a solar powered poultry egg incubator for a poultry farming training project in Koupela, Burkina Faso.   The incubators will be produced and sold locally in Koupela.  The students’ efforts are part of a larger project to increase use of solar and renewable energy, create employment and management positions for women and develop income generating entrepreneurial activities. 


2016-17 Stanford University Incubator Team

Our current Incubator cohort is from Stanford University:


From left to right: Stewart Isaacs, Nathaniel Agharese, 

Bianka Quintanilla-Whye, Andrew Edoimioya, Paul Watkins



Stewart Isaacs

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Stewart is a senior and coterminal Master’s student studying Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. He plans to study mechanical engineering at the graduate level to learn more about mechanical systems, propulsion, mechatronics and aircraft design. In the future, Stewart hopes to leverage his engineering expertise to make advancements in transportation and bring                                                                                                       valuable resources to those in need.


Nathaniel Agharese

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Nathaniel is a senior in Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. He will continue studying Mechanical Engineering at the graduate level at Stanford; furthering his knowledge in mechanical systems, robotics, and control systems. Nathaniel hopes to use this knowledge to create devices that can aide in disaster relief and improve living standards on a global level.


Bianka Quintanilla-Whye

Bianka is a senior from Pacifica, CA studying Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University. She plans to continue with this field in graduate school to better understand design and engineering education so that she may be a valuable resource to young students of color who wish to pursue engineering. In the future, she hopes to teach design thinking to high school students.


Andrew Edoimioya

​Andrew is a senior at Stanford University studying in Mechanical Engineering and the Executive Director of the Phoenix Scholars, an educational nonprofit organization. He was born in Lagos, Nigeria but calls Houston, Texas home. Andrew has a real passion for learning and solving problems whether it has to do with rigorous engineering problems and projects or, with the Phoenix Scholars, regarding solutions to better support minority high school students through the college application process. In the immediate future, Andrew plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and use his degree to conduct research and develop products in the human-robot interaction space.


Paul Watkins

Originally from Ferguson, Missouri, Paul Watkins is currently a senior at Stanford University studying Mechanical Engineering. Planning to attain a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering as well, he also has plans to use his expertise to create organizations that both create medical devices and also provide opportunities for engagement in the development of assistive technology to people from under-resourced backgrounds.


1st Cohort UCSB Incubator Team




From left to right:

Karlon Johnson, Antonia Sowunmi, David Chau, Erica Johnson, Ugo Nze and Ricardo Vidrio (not pictured in photo)


2nd Cohort UCSB Incubator Team

Poultry farming is a critical enterprise in rural communities throughout Africa.  But there are significant challenges facing farmers.  Hens are fairly inefficient when hatching eggs.  Instead, many farmers use incubators, which increase efficiency, but consume large amounts of electricity.  Solar powered poultry egg incubators allow farmers to maximize efficiency and                    reduce electric consumption.

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