Snapshots from Cambodia: Hygiene

This blog is the third of a short series written by COO Ed Hutton, who is currently teaching with our BMET Training program in Cambodia. Read the first part here, and the second here.

Dec. 7 – Since I’m only in Cambodia for a short time, I don’t eat the food at the outdoor food vendors. I don’t have the appropriate local bugs yet to not get sick.

Basically each of our people who spend extended time here (month or two at a time), all put up with initially suffering gastrointestinal distress for a week. After picking up the local bugs they are more or less immune to all but the worst hygienic situations, and they do pick their street vendors with an eye towards hygiene.

Snapshots from Cambodia: Food

This blog is the second of a short series written by COO Ed Hutton, who is currently teaching with our BMET Training program in Cambodia. Read the first part here.

Dec. 7 - You may not find this as neat as I do. I just find something extra efficient about this design. Call it a Cambodian food truck.

There are not as many of these as the fixed sidewalk food carts. The fixed sidewalk models seem to be everywhere.  This model is basically a motorcycle with a side car, but instead of a passenger, the side car is a food cart.

Cambodian Food truck

This Cambodian food truck even has an umbrella

Snapshots from Cambodia: Engineering

This blog is the first of a short series written by COO Ed Hutton, who is currently teaching in Cambodia.

December 1 – Safely on the ground in Cambodia. I know with this many hours of time change I will feel the jet lag for several days. Each day gets a good bit easier. I awoke at 3 AM this morning. I felt it most this afternoon while lecturing.

Once I am physically on the local time zone I will start working on a busted X-ray machine in the evening. This too will be prepared for a class.

I lectured through a translator today who is a medical doctor. He is one of our teachers. Several times today we had a sidebar conversation where first I had to teach him the material in real time so he can understand the context and concept.

Khmer is an ancient language. There are often no words to use for a direct translation. Sometimes surprising things are missing: there is no word for filament, or resonance, or vacuum tube.

A Visit to Kid Museum

Guest Blog written by CEO Leslie Calman

On Sunday, Summer Institute alumna Adedayo Jobi-Odeneye, a biomedical engineering major at George Washington University, and I spent several hours at the cool new Kid Museum in Bethesda, Maryland ( It’s a non-profit housed in a really fun, light-filled open space on the first floor of a public library. Through some miracle of engineering, the sound from the first floor – which is enthusiastic, boisterous, lively, and non-stop – doesn’t penetrate to the more sedate readers up above.

Kid Museum 1Kid Museum 2

Washington University in St. Louis Chapter Goes to Guatemala

Guest Blog written by Huy Lam, WUSTL Chapter member

This summer I traveled to Roosevelt Hospital in Guatemala to gather design ideas for the coming school year for Engineering World Health's WUSTL Chapter. This is an engineering design student group from the Danforth Campus co-founded by Charles Wu and me and our mission is to inspire, educate, and empower the biomedical engineering community to globally improve health care delivery. More specifically, we are passionate and dedicated students who want to innovate new medical devices to make them cheaper and accessible. Our program is a year round intensive program in which engineering teams commit to designing an engineering solution to a specific global health problem.


The WUSTL group in Guatemala

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