Are you up for the challenge? You can inspire others – even while in isolation.

We’d like to introduce Matthew Chin!

Matthew is studying engineering at the University of Waterloo.

He has joined us for the summer as one of our Professional Program Coordinators. Using his skills and applying his knowledge to make sure everything runs smoothly for hundreds of Engineer in Residence program participants.

Below he shares his reflections on how engineers can be inspiring – even while in isolation!

Welcome to the team Matthew.


I was recently reflecting on my reasons for pursuing engineering as a career. There was one main reason that stood out to me. I want to make an impact with my talents.

I want to see my work change the community around me for the better and inspire the next generation.

During this time of physical and social distancing, it seems almost impossible to make a noticeable impact and be involved in the community.

As I thought about this, a Canadian engineering role model came to mind. Chris Hadfield.

Even when he was as isolated as possible from his greater community he still managed to stay connected and make an impact. He inspired young Canadians to pursue the field of engineering from space! While you might be thinking, Chris Hadfield is an amazing man who has so many more things to be interested in than me – but, what really made him so inspiring as he was floating around space was how relatable he was. He seemed like he was just a dad, who played the guitar, made corny jokes, and quirky informational videos.

As an engineer, there are so many interesting things you know and cool things you do every day. It may not seem this way to you or even the adults around you but for kids, your story is new and exciting! Everything you do is an exciting, and interesting thing that a child could imagine themselves doing one day. You just need to know how to tell your story in a way they can relate. Even during this time we can be making a difference and inspiring young people. Chris Hadfield was zooming around space making videos for young people. I’m sure as engineers we can zoom from the comfort of our living rooms and do the same thing.

Look for ways to be involved during this time of physical and social distancing. Use your talents and skills to make a difference and inspire the next generation of world changers. You could be the reason a child decides that they want to make a difference too. Inspire them to change the world for the better.

If you want to do this but aren’t sure how to get involved, we have a super cool program here at Engineers of Tomorrow for you. It’s called Engineers in Residence and we would love for you to sign up! It connects you, an engineer, directly to a classroom full of children eager to hear your exciting story. It is a perfect way for you to get involved and experience your impact on a child’s life firsthand.

Your story is inspiring.


Thanks Matthew! A great reminder that EVERYONE’s story is inspiring 🙂

If you’d like to find out about the Engineer in Residence program Matthew mentioned, please visit EIR.ca.

Applications for the September 2020 – June 2021 program close May 31st – so hurry!

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