Regioneering Volunteer - Jacky Cai
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Jacky Cai: Regioneering Volunteer

via the Komatsu’s ‘Live Your Dream’ program

What is your academic/professional background?
I graduated Mechatronic Engineering from UNSW in 2017 and have been working as a Graduate Mechatronic Engineer for the Komatsu Graduate Development Program since April 2018.

What are your hobbies?
I enjoy sports like; soccer, running, rock climbing, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. I enjoy traveling, hiking and adventuring. I’m also oddly a recycling and compost enthusiast.

Who inspires you ?
Professional athletes such as Frank Lampard, and public figures such as Joe Rogan inspire me as they are the epitome of hard work and dedication, pushing past physical and mental limits to achieve goals. Others that inspire me are Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and other entrepreneurs who have a vision of bettering the world and are actively trying to achieve that vision.

When and how did you get interested in engineering?
I have always been a curious person, wanting to know how everything in the world around me worked. I first learnt about engineering in high school and this fit perfectly with my curiosity. It was a discipline that allowed me to gain an in-depth understanding of how systems worked and how to create them myself.

When and how did the feeling of getting involved with humanitarian engineering come in your mind?
I have always wanted to create some positive change in the world. When I discovered engineering as my passion I wanted to somehow use it to benefit society and the community. At university I found Engineers Without Borders and was able to learn more about what they did and what humanitarian engineering was. This is when I realized humanitarian engineering was an area I wanted to be involved in.

When and why did you decide taking actions for humanitarian engineering?
I decided early at university I wanted to do something with humanitarian engineering. I always knew engineering had the ability to change the world, I saw humanitarian engineering as a way to create that positive change.

Why did you want to volunteer?
I wanted to volunteer because it is a practice of altruism - spending my time and effort on something that benefits others and the community without requiring anything in return. Knowing that I am helping create positive change motivates me to keep volunteering and keep that altruistic outlook.

What do you think is attractive about volunteering with EWB?
EWB has clearly defined goals and strategies on how to achieve them. They carry out lots of meaningful work and have many great initiatives that benefit our society. Being a volunteer with such a well-regarded and well-run organisation is a huge positive. You know the time you spend with EWB on their initiatives is not wasted time, and it will have an impact. Volunteering with EWB has been an immensely valuable experience.

Why do you think volunteers are important for the projects like you’re executing?
Volunteers are important because we would not be able to reach as many schools without the large number of volunteers. Without volunteers, initiatives like school outreach, especially in regional areas would be impossible. Volunteers are extremely important as they are the positive driving force behind most of the initiatives.

What is the one tip you would give to someone who might be volunteering?
Stop thinking about it and just try it, dive into it and give it a go, if not for the impactful work you do, do it for the people you’ll meet.

How can engineers bring a change in society through volunteering?
Engineers can share their skills and knowledge with people who have limited access to that knowledge. They can empower people in disadvantaged communities through skill sharing and communication to use these skills and knowledge. Engineers are problem solvers; through volunteering they can use their problem-solving skills in an altruistic context and bring a positive change to society.