Engineers Without Borders


November 25, 2016

Dear Ilakkiyan,

Thank you for coming and sharing your great ideas with us. We really enjoyed your presentation.

Thank you for taking the time out of your studies to come talk with us about your learning and your work. We liked how you said that there were no perfect answers to many of the world’s problems, and that you gave pros and cons to each situation that you talked about.

We felt like you really wanted to come and present to us instead of being asked to and agreeing, it felt like you really wanted to do it.  That’s important because it makes the presentation more interesting and it gives us more information about the topic when presenters are passionate like you. It’s a gift to have such a passionate presentation style.

Some of us had heard of Doctors Without Borders but not Engineers Without Borders. We think it’s a good idea because people aren’t prioritizing issues that are more urgent and so people like you address them and try to solve the problem by going further, by making it so that the problem doesn’t have to be addressed again at a future time.

We really liked how the program is basically a program for the creative and uses new thinking.  We thought the questions really got us thinking about stuff and feeling strongly about things before asking the hard questions. We enjoyed how your questions kept us engaged, and started easy and worked towards harder concepts.

Your presentation let us remember that you have to look at issues from different perspectives and make a decision based on how you feel about it.  We hadn’t really thought about climate in food production and had thought that it was always better to grow local food than to ship food around the world.  It changed our perspectives about what you buy.  Instead of always looking for the most locally grown product, after this, we could look at what’s more sustainable for other economies.

We thought it was interesting to connect back to the economy because of how important it is to have export for the economy and also for countries who don’t have the climate or farmland to grow their own food, that they need to import in order to sustain themselves.

When you talked about pollution from growing your own food or buying it locally, it changed our thinking about the 100 mile diet, in that it may be healthy personally but not always for everyone in the community and also for the environment of the world.

Thanks a lot for sharing your interesting view on the world’s problems.  I think you’ve changed some of our views as well.  You broadened our minds about engineering and many of us want to learn more.


Division 16, Charles Dickens Elementary

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