The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Goes to Dartmouth

Have you read William Kamkwamba’s The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind? In it, a fourteen year old William uses the information he found in a library book to rig a windmill in his village, providing much needed electricity and running water. His narrative is charming and his story inspirational.

Amazon’s blog, Omnivoracious, recently caught up with Kamkwamba to find out what he’s doing now. Turns out, he’s going to Dartmouth.

“After two fantastic years at African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa, I’ll be studying engineering in the fall at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. While on our book tour, Bryan Mealer (my co-author) and I visited several colleges who were kind enough to invite me to see their engineering programs. I visited Harvey Mudd in California, Virginia Tech, and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, and was amazed at the beautiful campuses and equipment available to students. But after seeing Dartmouth and meeting its president Dr. Jim Kim – who I admired for his previous work treating people with AIDS and tuberculosis in Africa and Haiti – I knew it was the place for me. In addition to having a cool project-based curriculum (meaning I can get my hands dirty the first week there), the Thayer School of Engineering even has a lending library for power tools! Seeing this, I couldn’t stop smiling.”

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