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UW Alumnus part of critical COVID-19 transportation project in Philippines

Marni McVicar helped in the design process of a three wheeled electric vehicle that is now being used to transport front-line medical workers and their supplies
Marni McVicar
Alumnus Marni McVicar, third from right, oversees the design of an e-trike in the Philippines. PHOTO: University of Waterloo

COVID-19 has plagued nations across the globe, and one community fighting the virus in the Philippines is benefiting from technology that a local woman helped develop.

1984 University of Waterloo electrical engineering graduate, Marni McVicar was one of the many minds that helped develop a three wheeled electric vehicle that is now being used to transport front-line medical workers and their supplies in Tuguegarao City.

McVicar spent two weeks helping with the e-trike project at the country's Cagayan State University last November.

She was there with the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO), a not-for-profit international economic development organization.

The project was initially designed to find a cleaner and more energy-efficient vehicle to move passengers and cargo around in the community.

McVicar specifically helped making adjustments to the design of the e-trike, which has two wheels in the back and one at the front.

Working at Kitchener-based Clearpath Robotics today, McVicar says in a release, she is glad to have been a part of something that is being used in a positive way.

When COVID-19 arrived in the Philippines, the mayor of Tuguegarao City requested e-trikes be used to help transport medical professionals and supplies.




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