My collage describes the way I find my purpose in this world. Our life can be seen as a tree with branches growing in different directions, all feeding from the same root and contributing to the rise of the tree. Every tree by creation, has a goal and a role to play in making the world a better place. The pictures at the bottom (root of tree) show that we need to right knowledge to stimulate our mind to provide unlimited solutions to specific problems. Every tree needs energy to grow, but for the past decades, traditional energy (fossil fuel) has proved to be destroying our surrounding. Engineering can provide the right solution to this issue only if we think about the right design to build a green environment for all trees to bear fruits. Buildings can be considered as our immediate surrounding in the day to day life and the way we shape our surrounding directly affects our comfort and the energy, we as trees need for breathing. The pictures on the middle left and right of the board represents the tool and mindset needed to use smartly the available resources needed to bring the true transformational change the world deserves. Finally, bringing all the pieces of the puzzle will lead to the creation of unlimited opportunities and make a real impact in our immediate surrounding.
Francis Fotsing – Cameroon
Francis holds a master’s degree in Energy Engineering from the Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES) in Algeria. He was project manager of the JUA JAMII Team for the Solar Decathlon Africa in Morocco. His work experience reaches from projects in the field of energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable building, HVAC systems, oil and gas, and waste management.