College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Lonny Simonian, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


This paper expands on a project that seeks to address the need for an updated mechanical leaf drying system for local farmers in Ghana, Africa. Working with the local organization, Moringa Connect, we were able to connect and identify potential areas of improvement within the current existing system. This project involved aspects of design, fundraising, and the construction of a rotating metal hopper. This hopper was identified as a solution for a crucial pinch point currently seen in the processing of the leaves from a wet stage to the final dry product. The design and construction process had a multidisciplinary approach requiring expertise from different fields, such as BioResource and Agricultural Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Construction Management, and others. The implementation of this prototype represents a tangible asset that will help in producing a viable option for the local farmers of Ghana to enhance their current production. As the project team continues its work, it is our intent to continually improve and refine our design to maximize the impact of this project, eventually providing a scalable and replicable solution to meet the client’s needs.

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