When I met with David Damberger, an alumnus from the Schulich School of Engineering, I was told the theme would be sustainable fashion. Turns out, the photo was supposed to illustrate his work for M-KOPA Solar, a company that provides residential solar-electricity systems to people in Kenya and Uganda.
After a short panic, some quick “just in case” photos were taken before we scrambled to find a new location. Luckily, we found an empty classroom nearby with a blackboard (which are rare to find in classrooms these days). The blackboard worked as the perfect backdrop to display his solar-powered flashlight.
Basia Ellis, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Psychology, received a Killam scholarship for her work studying the sociopolitical realities that undocumented migrants in the Polish community face.
Since I spent five years living in Eastern Europe, I found the topic fascinating. Despite her claims of hating to have her photo taken, Basia was a lot of fun to work with.