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Recent developments in self validating seva sensors

It was during a summer of volunteer work in Cambodia that Cardoso met his future wife, a twist of fate that sent him back to Cambodia after finishing his degree, where he worked with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to help local communities improve their food security. The experience, along with a chance meeting with the late MIT professor Alice Amsden, who taught a class he was taking, motivated Cardoso to apply to a Ph D program at MIT.

Cauam Cardoso was only 17 when he decided to break from family tradition and pursue engineering instead of the arts, a move that set him on a path to working with communities in need.

Over the past decade, Cardoso, a Ph D student in international economic development at MIT, has helped communities on five continents overcome infrastructure issues such as a lack of sanitation, while always following the advice his dad gave him growing up: “You have two ears and one mouth for a reason, so listen more than you talk.” Experiencing problems, finding solutions Cardoso grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in a poor neighborhood that bordered a slum, or favela.

Cardoso redesigned the course syllabus to reflect his background, and draws heavily on his own experiences in the field to engage his students.

“Leading my own course and directing the students was probably one of the most rewarding experiences I had at MIT,” says Cardoso, who received his department’s 2016 Outstanding Ph D Teaching Assistant award. You learn so much from the students — it's really a gift.” Beyond MIT After finishing his Ph D, Cardoso plans to stay in academia, while remaining involved in many real-world projects.

“The idea is one simple technology can have this huge impact on someone's well-being,” explains Cardoso.

“But today there are a lot of technologies out there such as solar lanterns or water filters, and there's no way to systematically evaluate what works and what doesn't work on the ground.” With CITE, Cardoso and the project’s other team members are working to develop an objective methodology to assess the usefulness of various technologies.

In particular, he is committed to continuing his work in Brazil.