The inaugural UWI Class of 1967 Award for Excellence in Leadership and Innovation

The inaugural UWI Class of 1967 Award for Excellence in Leadership and Innovation

Mr. Jachin Mullings receives the Class of 1967 Award from Professor Neville Ying.

Mr. Jachin Mullings, is the recipient of The UWI Class of 1967 Award for Excellence in Leadership and Innovation for the academic year 2017/2018. He is a second year student in Electronic Engineering at Mona and his leadership credentials are noteworthy. He is a UWI Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow and Vice Chancellor’s Ambassador, the Off-Campus Representative for Chancellor Hall, the UWI Mona Faculty of Engineering Deputy Representative on the UWI Mona Guild of Students 2018/19 and much more!

Mr Mullings is a member of The UWI Mona Faculty of Engineering Honours Society while holding Grace Kennedy’s Douglas Orane Scholarship for 2017, the NCB Omni Scholarship for 2018, and one of the New Fortress Energy scholarships for 2018

His leadership credentials are significant and noteworthy. Mr. Mullings is:

  • A UWI Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow and Vice Chancellor Ambassador; 
  • The Off-Campus Representative for Chancellor Hall;
  • The UWI Mona Faculty of Engineering Deputy Representative on the UWI Mona Guild of Students 2018/19;
  • The UWI Mona 1st Vice President for the Faculty of Engineering Student Committee – Outreach and Promotions 2018/19;
  • The Public Relations Officer for the UWI Arm of the Student Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers as well as a Member of the Student Chapter of the Jamaica Institution of Engineers

He was instrumental in lobbying for Faculty of Engineering representation on the Guild of Students, Mona, as soon as the Faculty was established.

The Class of 1967 noted that Mr. Mullings was selected to represent UWI and Jamaica in the Huawei’s Seed for the Future Internship Programme which was hosted in China in October 2018.  Students who applied for the internship were required to write an essay on the importance of telecommunications and Mr. Mullings was not only selected as one of the persons for the internship but he also received a special commendation. Mr. Mullings has also participated in and led a number of robotics-related projects during his year as a Level 2 student within the Faculty. 

Not only is he displaying leadership and innovation qualities academically and as a member of the Mona Campus community, he is also socially aware and multi-talented. 

As a drummer, he was a member of the band that received the Silver medal in the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission’s Popular Band Competition in 2016, and was selected to represent Jamaica as a member of the Phase 5 band in the World Championships of Performing Arts 2017.  The Class of 1967 also recognised Mr Mulling’s versatility for his role as the starting defender for the St. Andrew Phoenyx Hockey Club and his participation in the Jamaica Senior Men’s Hockey Club League Championship for 2017 and 2018, and as a Former Host of Television Jamaica’s Children’s Show “Watch ‘n’ Win”.

In its deliberations, the Selection Committee considered academic excellence, vision, motivation, courage, ethics, intellectual curiosity, risk-taking, and creativity in naming the awardee. He was presented with a cheque for J$100,000 for the UWI Class of 1967 Award for Excellence in Leadership and Innovation for 2017/18.

Rationale for Award

The Class of 1967 uses this Award to increase attention to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) agenda at Mona, by recognising Student Excellence within the undergraduate body in the Faculty of Engineering, and selected leadership and innovation as key competencies necessary for creating technological solutions to the developmental issues that impede growth in national and regional productivity.

“We were determined to identify awardees whose achievements would be inspirational and who would be at the forefront of a movement to attract and grow greater participation and enrolment in STEM programmes and activities. 

This year, we reviewed the performance of several outstanding students across the sub-disciplines within the Faculty, and found exactly what we were looking for - a candidate who displays qualities of:

LEADERSHIP – making a positive difference that is felt and recognized by colleagues, faculty and staff, and

INNOVATION – known by his/her desire and actions to be a player on the cutting edge of technology.”

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