Chris Saulnier has some provocative posts on his Twitter feed, including, “The average American child can recognize 1000 corporate logos but can’t identify 10 plants or animals native to their own region.” A master’s candidate in the Technology and Policy Program at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, Mass., Chris is endowed not only with a strong intellect but also with a great love for the outdoors. He’s finding fascinating ways to integrate the two, one being an expedition he arranged with Chewonki in order to get four groups of students from the Singapore University of Technology and Design to Maine for four days to work on design problems in a wilderness setting. Chris was at Chewonki in January for a Wilderness First Aid recertification course and got talking with Greg Shute, Chewonki’s director of outdoor programs. One thing led to another and this month the young engineers have been coming to Chewonki to launch canoes for Hungry or Castle Island, where they spend four days living together and working on design problems involving outdoor equipment. If you want to learn more about Chris’s area of interest and feel at home in the realm of engineering academia, you can peruse a paper he coauthored, “Leadership Development through Design Based Wilderness Education,” at www.mit.edu/~saulnier/doc/2015IJEP.pdf.