Dominica benefits from Dayton University engineering program

US based Dominican, Lynton Scotland, who pushed for Dayto University's ETHOS project to be brought to the region
US based Dominican, Lynton Scotland, who pushed for Dayto University’s ETHOS project to be brought to the region

Dominica has been singled out to be the first in the Caribbean region to benefit from technical assistance from Engineers in Technology and Humanitarian Opportunities of Service( ETHOS) of Dayton University in the United States.

ETHOS was founded in 2001 by a team of engineering students for the purpose of taking engineering curriculum beyond the classroom, and even beyond the US. Students who participate in the program engage in service-learning experiences and technical projects across the globe.

The assistance being provided to Dominica will focus on coconut oil and cassava production. 

Dominica’s participation in the program is due to the intervention of Chemical Engineer and member of the Board of Trustees at the University of Dayton in Ohio, Dominican, Lynton Scotland of St. Joseph, who pushed for the services to be extended to the region.

Scotland told DNO that ETHOS has been sending senior engineering students around the world, “to help in community type projects and bring technical assistance to those communities.

We have been doing it in about 35 different countries for the past 14 years and it has never been done in the Caribbean, and so being on the board, I have been pushing the university to do some outreach in the Caribbean,” he said.

He said there were a few other projects that they were considering such as Bay Oil, and the Layou Improvement Project but, “the Dominica Manufacturer’s Association embraced the idea that I presented to them during the Creole Festival when I was here in October and they said basically that they were willing to be the organization that coordinates that in Dominica with us,” he stated.

So as of May of this year, about three engineering students will be on island for a total of 10 weeks, to work with the multi-purpose cooperative, go through the entire process and look for ways to optimize that process and maximize yield.

The Dominican native admitted that he was “very excited” and “for me it’s the realization of the ideas that we had and seeing it come to fruition, and again in a relatively short period of time. In October we brought down the idea and here it’s January. We had somebody from the University that has already visited and she is actually leaving today.”

He said in the next few weeks the students who have been selected will be learning a lot about the country and the products that they are going to be working on.

“The key thing is the potential for the growth and the number of young people we are seeing involved,” Linton remarked and ackowledged the strong support that they have received so far.

If all goes as planned, the country could see students every summer for the foreseeable future and the university is covering all of the cost for the students, thus providing technical assistance at no cost, to Dominica.

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35 Comments

  1. choice
    January 26, 2014

    Congratulations from one of your cousins from Coulibistrie. We went to church in Salisbury together. Keep up the good work, and you are an encourager for other young people. I hope one day we will meet, because I want some ideas from you, because I want to do something constructive in Dominica especially Salisbury/Coulibistrie. God bless you, and I hope I find your number from my sister, because she is close to your dad.

  2. DAZO
    January 13, 2014

    Well done brother. Our entire family is proud of you. As an alumni of the University of Dayton, I am equally proud of the University’s commitment to the project and the people of Dominica.

  3. J.J.John-Charles
    January 13, 2014

    I expect nothing less from this gentleman.You have also made Salisbury proud,since your father Crecy Scotland was born and bred in Salisbury,including your grand father Emmanuel John-Charles (deceased).
    My nephew,just continue the good work

  4. January 12, 2014

    Great job…. Congratulations for Salton Waterfalls.
    Mr. Scotland keep it up. A special invitation to you for a visit into this area about St. Joseph.

  5. pedro
    January 12, 2014

    We have the human and natural resources to make our country a first class nation. We just have to stop begging and put the country to work.

  6. FemmeDominique
    January 12, 2014

    Thank and great job my cousin. May God continue to bless you. I know that Cousin Crecy is proud of you and all dominicans especially the Salisbury/St Joseph/Coulibistrie communities appreciate your concern for our country.

  7. DA MASSIVE
    January 12, 2014

    Very proud of you MR. Scotland. It’s a very great opportunity for students at DSC. When will DSC embark with online training. They will increase their valve and recognition in this area.

  8. family trèe
    January 11, 2014

    Cousin lynton son of the soil good jobs let keep kindle burning a good citizen will always do a good did for his country. That’s what it mean t give to the needy not like the other Dominican who wait for a plane ticket a pay check and a hotel room to come to Dominica and vote for labur

  9. canada
    January 11, 2014

    Thank you and God blessing, May the good Lord continued to open doors for You. and prosper You.

  10. Dominican To the Bon
    January 11, 2014

    Mr Scotland, you have created an avenue for young budding Dominican engineers.That to me is the true Dominican Diasporan, not those that will remain on their high horse and criticize everything Dominican.. You are certainly a true patriot. Goodjob!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Anonymous
    January 11, 2014

    Greet Job!!

  12. Anonymous
    January 11, 2014

    good job bro man wel done

  13. Anonymous
    January 11, 2014

    Good j0b BRO I like that

  14. FAST N FURIOUS
    January 11, 2014

    Great job sir.Congrats to you.That is the kind of involvement those in the Diaspora should embark on doing to help Dominica instead of the negative picture they try to portrait of Dominica.Once again,Thanks and Congrats Mr.Lynton Scotland.

    • FemmeDominique
      January 25, 2014

      Enough of these blanket statements. Please clarify that it is not all the Diaspora that’s negative. The majority are proud of Dominica. You must know all the negative ones. Join the positive DA Diaspora. Just appreciate the good of my cousin and tell your cousins to do the same.

  15. PICODEAU
    January 11, 2014

    Outstanding!! Way to go Mr Scotland! A Son of Dominica.

    “Come ye forward Sons and Daughters of this Gem beyond compare”

  16. Dr. Sam
    January 11, 2014

    It was great seeing you, Lynton – as well as your University of Dayton colleague from Ohio!

    Fantastic program!

    You have always been positive, working at a very high level with dignity and determination, always bringing dividends back to our people. I am impressed with what I know the engineering program at the State College and ETHOS no doubt will be big boost.

    Continued blessings in all you do, Mr. Scotland!

  17. bougla
    January 11, 2014

    Make sure we can do what they are doing before they leave!

  18. Anonymous
    January 11, 2014

    Excellent!

  19. rosebud
    January 11, 2014

    Wonderful initiative!

  20. YES I
    January 11, 2014

    THANK YOU

  21. Anonymous
    January 11, 2014

    thanks for putting us forward bro.

  22. Michael Norris
    January 11, 2014

    WONDERFUL IDEA! Thanks Mr. Scotland for advocating for Dominica. This is an example of how the Diaspora can leverage their positions and resources in the countries of their residence to benefit their homeland of Dominica. I hope that the technical assistance will result in the development and commercialisation of by-products of the cassava and coconut oil. I suggest that the engineering technical assistance we receive focus on adding value to the manufacturing process and help set a platform for research and innovation here in Dominica.

    • FemmeDominique
      January 25, 2014

      Please stop trying to control the Diaspora. Dominicans are Dominicans for life and they all do their best. You do not have to tell the Diaspora what to do. Everyone is playing their part. Check the post office, the seaport, the airport and Western Union in Dominica. The evidence is plain to see.

  23. Themanhimself
    January 11, 2014

    Good job once again DMA

  24. Tell it like it is
    January 11, 2014

    Thank, and well done cuz keep up the good work. We need positive Dominican like you out there to promote and accomplish good things for this Country.You are showing us if we work hard and promote our country not giving false image for personal gains good things can and will be accomplish.

  25. observer
    January 11, 2014

    Wonderful initiative. Thank you sir.

  26. side looker
    January 11, 2014

    This would be a great project for Dominica especially when the youth is invole. I just hope these guys don’t make this a political game.

  27. winston warrington
    January 11, 2014

    Great! students to our rescue.

  28. hendrix
    January 11, 2014

    This is the way forward, congratulation to Mr.Scotland for his effort in giving his people, the youth a chance to bigger and better think for the future of the Country. We all should fellow the foot
    print of such wonderful effort thank you sir.

  29. Neg Mawon
    January 11, 2014

    Great job, we need more of this on island!

  30. 100% Proud Dominican
    January 11, 2014

    Great job my friend…which more of us out there would put their money where their mouth is an assist Dominica and Dominicans that way! Will contact you soon to see how i can assist locally!

  31. pedro
    January 11, 2014

    Thanks Mr. Scotland, that’s the kind of AID the country needs. The potential for generating wealth and creating jobs is tremendous.

  32. Anonymous
    January 11, 2014

    That’s what am talking am!

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