Helping Mexican schoolkids

Thanks to Julian O’Shea, children in remote Mexican villages without electricity are no longer doing their homework in the dark.

Julian manages Engineers Without Borders’ research programs that link SA engineering students to humanitarian projects in the developing world.

Julian spent a year overseas investigating how technology can be used to improve people’s lives. One of the highlights was the installation of solar lighting in rural Mexican homes.

Julian’s story is yet another example of the amazing projects that come out of Adelaide. And certainly for Julian, being able to study and work here has opened up doors worldwide.
- Julian O’Shea, Curriculum and Research Co-ordinator, Engineer Without Borders.

How did you get into Engineers Without Borders?

I’ve always enjoyed problem solving and had an interest in science and maths, so engineering was a perfect fit. Once I had some technical skills, I was really driven to find a way to apply them to make a real impact in the world. Engineers Without Borders is an outstanding organisation that values sustainability, community-engagement and appropriate technology. My EWB journey started as a volunteer within the education team and has grown from there.

Do you have any advice for people wanting to get into engineering?
Do you have any advice for aspiring engineers?

For those considering a career in engineering my one pieces of advice is: go for it! There are so many exciting and rewarding positions in Adelaide and beyond. If a career in engineering is the goal, my advice to students is to keep up the studies and, importantly, focus on the global challenges that only technology and engineering can solve.

What would you say to those who think there are limited opportunities
for young people in SA?

For people considering studying engineering, or those in the early stages of their career – Adelaide is a great place to be. South Australia has great universities and the industry support to provide an array of career opportunities. The vibrant culture and quality of life makes Adelaide a great place to be for young people.

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