Ian Berg, B.S., Engineering Mechanics, University of Illinois. Mr. Berg was part of the original design team and continues to advise on engineering issues.
Kenneth Long, Department of Bioengineering/College of Medicine University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Mr. Long was part of the original design team and continues to advise on engineering issues.
Timothe’ Husser, Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering at the National Superior School of Energy, Water and Environment, a part of the Grenoble Institute of Technology. Mr. Husser worked in Cambodia developing the Eli Seeder prototype and continues to advise on engineering issues.
Timothy Purvis, Pursuing B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. Mr. Purvis worked on improving the Eli Seeder and developing its auxiliary attachments. He continues to advise on engineering issues.
Matthew de Kretser, BEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria. Mr. de Kretser worked on improving the Eli Seeder and introduced 3D printing to the manufacturing process. He continues to advise on engineering issues.
Dominic Scott MEng in Mechanical Engineering Degree from the University of Sheffield. Engineer at Solid Solutions UK, a major Reseller, Training & Support provider of the CAD software SolidWorks. Mr. Scott played a key role in the development of the All Season Rice Seeder attachment and continues to advise on engineering issues.
Ibrahim FitzGibbon MEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Birmingham. Mr. FitzGibbon took on the task of converting the Eli into a seeder which could plant in the dry season. He is proud to have brought it to completion and continues to keep an eye on the Eli as it traverses wet and dry fields across Cambodia.
Pamela Patur, M.A., Columbia University. Ms. Patur is responsible for much of the writing, human resources issues, and strategic planning for BB2C.
Tania Boucand, Pursuing B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. Ms. Boucand worked on the next BB2C innovation, the Eli Seeder capable of operating in the dry season. In addition, she was instrumental in adopting and improving the 3D printer technology for our manufacturing process.
Helen Shirk, Ms. Shirk spent much of her life farming in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Helen helped Paula Shirk, her daughter and BB2C’s founder, determine the attainable goals of BB2C at its inception. Her Brethren heritage also provided an ethical compass for BB2C’s operation and business relationships. We continue to benefit from her wisdom.
We partner with corporations, universities, and non-governmental organizations, to help build the organization and assist in Research and Development.
Shell Oil and Phillips 66 helped fund the development of pump prototypes at the University of Illinois.
1. U.S., Singaporean, and Cambodian Patent applications for the wet season Eli Seeder were granted in 2018 with pro bono help from COVINGTON & BURLING LLP.
2. U.S. patent application for the All-Season Eli Seeder was submitted on Oct. 28, 2019.
3. U.S. patent application for the Chemical Sprayer attachment was submitted on October 18, 2019.
4. U.S. patent application for the one-chamber pump was allowed on May 10, 2016.
All applications were filed with pro bono assistance from COVINGTON & BURLING LLP.
Covington is providing additional legal assistance:
- Trademark Attorney
- Corporate Attorneys
- Contract and Distributions Agreement Attorneys
- In-Country Corporate Attorneys
- Political Consultant
Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign
New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business
The Georgia Institute of Technology, also known as Georgia Tech, is a top-ranked public college and one of the leading research universities in the USA.
College of Mechanical Engineering
Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
CAVAC was the first to support BB2C’s groundbreaking solutions
CAVAC is supported by the Australian Government and managed by Cardno