If your favorite gift as a kid came in 1000 pieces. If you took apart half the kitchen appliances before your parents finally told you to stop. If you’re fascinated by the power of engineering to change the world, then we want to talk to you. Maybe you’ll follow the path of mechanical engineering undergraduate Ximena Prugue, founder of Giving the Green Light, a non-profit organization that replaces kerosene lamps in rural India with solar powered lighting to alleviate energy poverty.
For this work, she received the Clinton Global Initiative Outstanding Commitment Award. Swiss watchmaker Maurice Lacroix also recognized Ximena with the Young Entrepreneur Award in 2010. Hear Ximena’s inspiring talk about her organization at TEDxFIU. Find your program and see who you can be.