If there’s one thing that stands out about Albert Nana Beka ’20 it’s that he values the place and people that influenced him so much that he was driven to help bring technology to both.
Nana Beka credits some of the skills he used in his Interactive Qualifying Project (IQP) in 2016 at WICN radio in Worcester for helping him and others create a multimedia center with 60 computers in Bazou, Cameroon, a nation in Central Africa.
“I started using the same analytics approach I did in my IQP to resolve the situation in my village,” Nana Beka says, referring to Bazou’s lack of technology. During his IQP, he learned ways to prioritize and process data. This came in handy when the nonprofit group Bazou New England, of which Nana Beka is a founding member, had to plan and prioritize how to help the village.
Nana Beka graduated with a bachelor’s and master’s in mechanical engineering in December 2019 and works at Partners Healthcare in Massachusetts as a Linux System engineer. During his time at WPI, he was one of two founders of the nonprofit group Bazou New England. Nana Beka said it was important to keep members of the group united around projects to benefit Bazou so that they didn’t forget about the needs of their home village.