A national movement to grow a community of makers is now looking to make Fall River a Gateway to the Future with the launch of the First Annual Southcoast MA Mini Maker Faire. Join and contribute to building the local maker community by answering our Call to Makers.
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All submissions must be in by August 15th. We will contact you for acceptance and placement.
This is the fifth in a series of profiles on the Business Innovation Center team:
Education: Ahmedbad Institute of Technology (Bachelor), Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, UMass Dartmouth Computer Science
Q: How is it that you got involved in your field?
A: When I was a tiny-taught, I had an occasion to visit my dad’s bank in Ahmedabad, in the year 1996. I clearly remember that visit cause it was the first time, I was introduced to the computer. I became fascinated with them and this fascination was so strong that when I started my high school education, I was determined to remain tagged to a computer forever. Working with computers is what made me happy and I turned this into a professional career in computer engineering.
Q: So banking got you into programming?
A: That visit got me interested but I was mostly interested in games at first.
Q: What are some of the goals you have your life?
A: After getting my Masters I want to become a project manager. I plan on working here in the States for a little bit and then, after getting experienced, I want to develop my own firm back home in India.
Q: Who are some figures in history that you look up to?
A: I’d have to say Mahatma Gandhi and Steve Jobs.
Q: Those are two very different people. Why them?
A: Gandhi was a man of peace and tranquility. Intellectually, he educated me that taking the path of peaceful non-cooperation and 'Satyagraha' will give anyone iron will with true vision I admire Gandhi’s honesty, constructive use of anger, tremendous vision, innovation, creativity and selflessness.
Steve Jobs had an outstanding ability to think profoundly and make things truly basic and useful, constantly searching for the better ways to do things, persistent at keeping the things he found interesting.
Both Mahatma Gandhi and Steve Jobs were able to associate with their followers through their leadership styles, which empowered them to execute their dreams of being effective pioneers. Both the pioneers were visionary.
Q: What’s your favorite book?
A: Wings of Fire: An Autobiography by Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen (A.P.J.) Abdul Kalam
Q: Favorite movie?
A: Three Idiots
Q: Favorite music?
A: Any instrumental music.
This is our fourth in a series of profiles for the BIC Youth Outreach Team:
Kevin G. Andrade
School: Rhode Island College and the University of Arizona
Course: History, Political Science, Latin American Studies
Q: How is it that you got involved in this field?
A: I remember my dad always taking me to the library and talking to me about random historical events in American history. I memorized all the presidents of the U.S. by the time I was in second grade and the interest just grew and expanded from there.
Q: Do you have any moments as a teacher that particularly stand out to you?
A: Yes. A few years ago I was a substitute teacher in Rhode Island, working in an inner city school district, I was on my first assignment and it was for a high-school special ed class.
These kids went across the spectrum from autism disorders to violent outbursts. I was terrified and in over my head yet was lucky enough to have one teacher lend me a hand. Although the moment came when he needed a hand because there was a new student who just moved from Puerto Rico and did not speak English. So he sent me, her, and one other Puerto Rican student who spoke English into another room to work.
This other student was a girl who was always shouting out in the middle of class and showing absolutely no interest in her education. I was worried that this would be a problem. However, in an effort to get the two students interested in their education, I chose to speak to them on the history of P.R. under U.S. rule. You should’ve seen how this girl got into everything. It was like night and day. At one moment disinterested and now, all of a sudden, asking questions and actually engaged with the material.
The next day, she came running up to me yelling, “Mister! Mister! Last night I was talking with my dad about all the stuff you were telling us about and he said you were right. He asked me, ‘who’s this new guy? You better treat him well!’”
That is by far my proudest moment as a teacher.
Q: Is there anyone in your field that you look to for inspiration?
A: Well, I’m actually a trained journalist and because of that, I am a huge fan of Bob Simon. The man was in the field for decades before his death and was not afraid to take risks. He reported from Vietnam, and was even taken prisoner by the Hussein regime in Iraq during the run-up to Operation Desert Storm. To me, he is the epitome of speaking truth to power; the epitome of journalism. It was that sense of adventurism that led me to my time working at the U.S. – Mexico border.
Q: Favorite Movie?
A: I have three: Pan’s Labyrinth, Wadjda and The Shawshank Redemption.
Q: Favorite music?
A: I have very eclectic tastes yet if I were forced to choose, I’d say salsa and bachata. I love to dance to that stuff.
Q: What about life goals?
A: I just want to be the best journalist that I can be and tell the stories of those who do not have a voice.
This is the third in a series of stories profiling the BIC Youth Outreach team:
Subject area: Robotics and electronics
Q: How was it that you first got into electronics?
A: It was when I first took apart a motor, just to see how it works. I opened it up and saw only a couple of parts to it. I wondered how something so simple could work so I started doing research. I was like 10 or 11.
Q: How did you end up in Fall River?
A: I’m originally from Hawaii, the city of Hilo on the Big Island (Hawaii). I came up here with my parents when I was 17.
Q: What do you hope to accomplish by teaching youth about robotics?
A: I hope to reach someone that was in my place of trying to learn robotics. To fuel their curiosity and fuel their interest of robotics.
Q: Do you have any role models?
A: My role models are past scientists.
But if any stands out it’s James Clerk Maxwell, the guy who first started working with electric motors in the mid 1800s.
He was in the field, studying electricity and magnetism and he had no formal education. He wasn’t recognized for anything but one day he discovered something and that’s when people realized he actually knew what he was talking about.
It’s one of those stories… It’s definitely inspiring.
Q: What goals do you have for your own career?
A: I want to be creating the theories that really set the momentum and the pace of robotics and artificial intelligence.
Q: What’s your favorite Movie?
A: Treasure Planet
Q: What’s your favorite book?
A: The Rangers’ Apprentice by John Flannagan
Q: What’s your favorite music?
A: Dubstep, Electronic and House