I opted to write a testimonial for IAESTE Canada (IAESTE: International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience) regarding my internship abroad in Austria (2015-2016). My testimonial ended up being too long for them, though, so I've just put the entire thing here. And added a few hyperlinks... Though known in the back… Lire la suite I had never heard of a city called Graz.
Journal entry #6 for Appropriate Technology & Design for Global Development course (2015). Entry: It has been a while since I have written a journal entry. I think this is a good exercise to do. I think it is especially important toward the end of a course to draw from class experiences and do a… Lire la suite APS530: 6. Final Reflections in Course
Journal entry #5 for Appropriate Technology & Design for Global Development course (2015). Entry: There are a few ways to look at safety. One is ensuring the safety of the end user, so that the product or system being used operates in a safe manner that does not harm or endanger the user in any… Lire la suite APS530: 5. Safety in the Developing World
Journal entry #4 for Appropriate Technology & Design for Global Development course (2015), on intellectual property (IP). Entry: (unfortunately the first link below is broken/article isn't there anymore...) I had briefly touched upon IP in my earlier post on the Plumpy'nut product (regarding a failure in the developing world), though after the in-class discussion on Monday,… Lire la suite APS530: 4. Comment on IP in the Developing World
Journal entry #3 for Appropriate Technology & Design for Global Development course (2015). Entry: I remember at a campus clubs fair (probably in my first year?) that I stopped by the booth (or tent?) of the UofT chapter of Médecins sans Frontières, and I got to see the Plumpy'nut. At least, the packaging for it.… Lire la suite APS530: 3. On Plumpy’Nut (a country-specific failure)
Journal entry #2 for Appropriate Technology & Design for Global Development course (2015). Entry: (note: DFX stands for "Design for "X") In class, we have defined "appropriate technology" with a checklist, consisting of attributes such as inexpensiveness (which is still vaguely determined), effectiveness, fitting of the local infrastructure, matching of available skills to maintain and operate,… Lire la suite APS530: 2. On Appropriate Technology
Introductory Context: I took a course called "Appropriate Technology & Design for Global Development", with the course code APS530, as my free elective in my final year (2015). The professors introduced us to guidelines for sustainable design within the context of developing countries, along with case studies. The course had students from different engineering disciplines,… Lire la suite APS530: 1. On Amy Smith and MIT’s D-Lab
You may think that from reading the post heading, I'll be spewing some wisdom about the oh-so-glamourous party life. Too bad I'm not much of a party person. (I try) No, I'll be talking within the realm of environmental impact, of sustainability. If you're pretty inclined in that domain, you probably have already heard of… Lire la suite Shoes, Drinks, Lights and Music