It takes many hands to meet the challenge of resurrecting graveyards of broken concentrators across the country. To address this need we have established OpenO2 Corps. This is an opportunity for early career professionals to get much needed experience while at the same time assisting the country in addressing the crisis at hand. OpenO2 Corps interns are part of our solution to address the oxygen crisis emphasizing the use of local resources as much as possible.

In addition to performing oxygen concentrator repairs interns will have the opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of projects related to product development. We encourage applications from individuals with varying backgrounds. Applications are not limited to biomedical engineering graduates.

Meet the current Cohort of OpenO2 Corps Interns

Cynthia Chikomoni - Intern

Cynthia completed her Bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering at the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST). She completed her industrial attachment at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in 2021 where she gained experience in oxygen concentrator troubleshooting and repairs. For her senior project she designed a solar powered steam generator that was supplying steam to an autoclave sterilizer.

Meet OpenO2 Corps Alumni

Linda Mission - Product Developer, GHII/OpenO2

Linda completed her Bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering at the Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS) in October 2021. She completed her industrial attachment at Mzuzu Central Hospital in 2020 where she gained experience in oxygen concentrator troubleshooting and repairs. For her senior project she designed a wearable device for monitoring atrial fibrillation.

After completing her OpenO2 Corps Internship Linda joined the Global Health Informatics Institute as a full-time employee taking the position of Product Developer for oxygen-related innovations. Part of her duties also involve acting as a deputy team leader of the OpenO2 mobile workshops.

Aubrey Chinkunda - Product Developer, GHII/OpenO2

Aubrey has completed a bachelors degree in biomedical engineering from the Malawi University of Science and Technology. In 2020 he was part of a group of students who studied ways of improving the performance of oxygen concentrators, and as such comes to us with valuable knowledge.

After completing his OpenO2 Corps Internship Aubrey joined the Global Health Informatics Institute as a full-time employee taking the position of Product Developer for oxygen-related innovations.

Bernadette Hara

Bernadette complete a Bachelors in Electrical & Electronics Engineering at the University of Malawi, Polytechnic in 2018. During her forth year she completed a six weeks internship with rice university 'NEST360 project' where she learned the basic principles of oxygen concentrator theory and had an opportunity to repair a few units.

After completing her OpenO2 Corps Internship Bernadette joined a biomedical engineering company where she is employed as a Technical Manager.

Sharon Ngozo - OpenO2 Mobile Workshop Team Leader, GHII/OpenO2

Sharon completed a bachelors degree in biomedical engineering from the Malawi University of Science and Technology in 2020. In her final year she completed a 4 month internship working at Zomba Central Hospital Physical Asset Management Department where she had an opportunity to learn about oxygen concentrators on the job.

After completing her OpenO2 Corps Internship Sharon joined the Global Health Informatics Institute as a full-time employee taking the position of Team Leader on one of the two OpenO2 Mobile Workshops.

Francis Sambani - OpenO2 Mobile Workshop Team Leader, GHII/OpenO2

Francis completed his bachelors degree in biomedical engineering from the Malawi University of Science and Technology in 2020. In his last year he was part of a group of students who studied ways of improving the performance of oxygen concentrators, and as such comes to us with valuable knowledge.

After completing his OpenO2 Corps Internship Francis joined the Global Health Informatics Institute as a full-time employee taking the position of Team Leader on one of the two OpenO2 Mobile Workshops.

Effa Solomon - Intern

Effa completed her Bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering at the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) in October 2021. She completed her industrial attachment at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre where she gained experience in oxygen concentrator troubleshooting and repairs. For her senior project she developed a vein-locating device that utilised light in the 680nm range to highlight veins in the skin.

After completing her OpenO2 Corps Internship Effa has been inducted into a 3-month internship at the Design Studio at MUST.

Chimwemwe Tiyesi - Intern

Chimwemwe completed his Bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering at the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) in October 2021 following a four-month long industrial attachment at Kamuzu Central Hospital. For his senior project he developed a light box that uses ultraviolet light to deactivate the COVID-19 virus on items such as masks and gloves.

After completing his OpenO2 Corps Internship Chimwemwe has been inducted into a 3-month internship at the Design Studio at MUST.

Clement Mbobe - Biomedical Engineer

Clement completed his Bachelors degree in Biomedical Engineering at the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) in October 2021 following a four-month long industrial attachment at Kamuzu Central Hospital. For his senior project he worked on a design for a small PSA plant that can work from single phase electricity, targeted at smaller health centers where three-phase electricity may not be available.

Clement is currently employed as a biomedical engineer working with Partners In Health overseeing the the technical team in the implementation of BRING O2 project.