How I Pay My Rent For Being Alive On Earth ✨ 🌎

How I Pay My Rent For Being Alive On Earth ✨ 🌎
This was the class I built in 2018-2019, in Paris, France πŸ‡«πŸ‡· ⚜️
I'll be forever thankful to these students for sharing their stories, struggles, big and little dreams. I've learned as much from them, and tears fill my eyes as I write this post...

Four years ago, I left the allure of the corporate world, including its steady paychecks, after dedicating over a decade to engineering some of the world's most advanced projects in energy ⚑️, renewables πŸ”‹, and automation intelligence systems πŸ€–, including with the US Navy πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ›³οΈ. I rather chose a different journey; exploring the unknown, spreading joy across the globe, and embracing life with people from diverse backgrounds and beliefs.

And this is one of my many babies I engineered and commissioned around the world πŸ›³οΈπŸŒŽ. It is a military vessel for the Canadian/US Navies.πŸ“I took this picture on July 2019 in the Military shipyard of Halifax city, Nova Scotia Province, Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦, where I went to take care of some confidential stuff πŸ˜‰. The US military owns part of it πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ (It's complicated πŸ˜…)

Amidst my demanding engineering role, a job that required more than 60 hours a week, I found another purpose. I became a teacher, a coach, and a mentor to students navigating the intricate paths of STEM fields, in the evening times after my work, and the weekends (I still found time for an early 06:15 5K-10K morning jogging). From 9th graders to aspiring engineers and even Ph.D. students seeking a practical perspective, my classrooms became a melting pot of dreams.

This was the class I built in 2018-2019, in Paris, France πŸ‡«πŸ‡· ⚜️...Incredibly smart students πŸ₯° Although I don't hold the formal title of a teacher, but apparently they loved what I was teaching them πŸ˜‰πŸ€–. 

Surprisingly, among my students was a technician of the Presidential helicopter of the French President for a quarter-century. He chose to pursue an engineering degree in Paris, and I guided him through the art and hidden secrets of mathematical modeling on cutting-edge programming platforms like Matlab, Simulink, and Simscape. Another, in his 50s, held a two-decade career in the Oil & Gas industry.

Class with my Master's student who used to be the Technician of the Helicopter of the French President πŸ‡«πŸ‡·βšœοΈπŸš. It was about the fascinating realm of Electromagnetic waves πŸ“‘, and their mathematical modelling in programming platforms like MatlabπŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸ’». But that was 20% of the time, the remaining 80% was about pure physics, mathematics, and some deep critical thinking. On a personal note, doing physics and mathematics in French just hit different πŸ’πŸ‡«πŸ‡·

Yet, many of my students were from underprivileged backgrounds; immigrant families, refugees, and those facing medical challenges that traditional education systems struggled to address. Teaching these incredible minds, amidst my globe-trotting engineering adventures, taught me patience, diminished judgment, and instilled gratitude for every breath.

I don't remember what I was drawing here, but probably the the internal power structure of a power converter, DC/AC converter, used in the power conversion of electric vehicles, such as a Tesla car, a train, and eVTOL, vessel, etc... βš‘οΈπŸš—πŸš„
"Raise your words, not voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder." - Jalāl al-DΔ«n MuαΈ₯ammad RΕ«mΔ«, or simply Rumi (1207 - 1273), Greater Persia.

In these diverse classrooms, I found the true rent I pay for being alive on Earth. It's measured in understanding, compassion, and the relentless pursuit of helping others rise above their challenges. 

I will never forget the expressions of relief and joy that my teachings brought to the faces of my students, hailing from diverse backgrounds; in some cases, families sought refuge from war zones. It wasn't me imparting knowledge; rather, they became my teachers, enriching my journey with invaluable lessons and contributing significantly to the learnings and experiences that have shaped the person I am today.

Why Students Appreciated me in Europe πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Ί and USA πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ?

Someone is tossing flowers onto himself! πŸ˜…

No, more seriously. The primary issue students often encounter in their academic journeys is having instructors with mostly theoretical backgrounds who lack real-world engineering experience. Picture this: a university lecturer guiding future engineers responsible for constructing our roads, planes, and electric vehicles, yet the lecturer hasn't actively engaged in industrial engineering projects.

Sorry for the bathroom picture πŸ˜…πŸ“I took this picture on July 2019 in the Military shipyard of Halifax city, Nova Scotia Province, Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦.

In contrast, I bring over a decade of experience in engineering some of the world's most advanced projects in energy ⚑️, renewables πŸ”‹, and automation intelligence systems πŸ€–. My contributions even extend to projects with the US Navy πŸ›³οΈ. What sets me apart, as per my students words, is my ability to seamlessly connect the theoretical/mathematical realm with the tangible, physical worldβš‘οΈπŸ€–.

I don't remember what I was drawing here, but probably the torque curve of a military vessel, in function of the vessel speed and the propeller speed (two different things πŸ€“πŸ›³πŸ€–)

The countless "Aha" moments witnessed on my students' faces speak volumes, often accompanied by remarks like, "My previous teacher never explained it this way." I've had mothers reaching out emotionally, insisting that I should stay in their city, and decline my new job opportunity elsewhere. πŸ˜…

Speaking about how a complex project of+500M$/+1B$ can be successfully engineered and delivered within time and budget πŸ—πŸ­βš‘οΈ

A Moment of Reflection 🌟

As I reflect on this incredible journey of teaching, I find myself awash with a kaleidoscope of emotions. πŸ’– The classroom, with its diverse tapestry of dreams and challenges, has been my sanctuary of purpose. In the eyes of my students, I've witnessed not just comprehension but genuine sparks of inspiration. ✨

Their stories, filled with strength and determination, have become a meaningful soundtrack to my shift in focus. Despite not being a teacher by profession and having no prior connection to education, the experience of sharing my time and knowledge with students has been enriching. Teaching isn't just a part of my life; it's like an ongoing beat that guides my journey. The tears we share in happy moments and the quiet joy of seeing minds open up are like delicate threads weaving my passion for this unexpected path. I might leave behind my engineering pursuits, I might stop traveling, but teaching will always be a constant in my unique journey. πŸŒπŸ“š

I might stop engineering, I might stop traveling, but I'll never stop teaching. πŸŒπŸ“š.πŸ“Probably I was going for a dinner somewhere in the United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ₯˜.

With each student, I've learned that education extends far beyond textbooks; it's about empathy, understanding, and the unwavering belief in the transformative power of knowledge. So, as I conclude this snapshot of my life, know that my journey as a teacher is an eternal symphony, and the resonance of each lesson echoes my commitment to this profound calling. The beauty lies not just in what I teach but in the indelible mark these incredible minds leave on my own evolving story. Gratitude fills my heart, and I eagerly await the next verse in this song of shared growth and boundless possibilities. πŸŒŸπŸ’–

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Stay tuned for the upcoming chapter, where we journey through a reflection on the profound impact my students have had on my life. Gratitude fills my heart as I recount the stories, dreams, and the sheer resilience of these individuals who have become an integral part of my journey. πŸŒŸπŸ“–πŸ’–

πŸ“ πŸ“Έ Taken from Hotel Pullman, Paris 7th - France πŸ‡«πŸ‡·. Got inspired to write this article from Kyrgyzstan πŸ‡°πŸ‡¬ - "River Newsletter".