UBC Reports | Vol.
51 | No. 5 |
May 5, 2005
Education Grad uses Engineer’s Mind
By Brenda Austin
Reg D’Silva grew up in India and speaks at least five
languages. He learned two or three from his parents, as well
as English, which was also spoken at home.
“I was raised with seven siblings in an international
and bilingual environment, as my father traveled with the
military,” says D’Silva, who first studied mechanical
design engineering at the University of Mangalore, south of
Later, he learned German while working for the Siemens corporation
in India, then moved to the Middle East in Dubai. He worked
as a marketing engineer there and taught English as well,
before deciding to settle in Vancouver.
While earning a computer diploma at the British Columbia
Institute of Technology, he was asked to teach a course. It
was there he discovered his passion for education and technology,
which led him to the UBC Faculty of Education for an MA in
the Department of Language and Literacy Education.
“My vision is to be a researcher in education or allied
fields,” D’Silva says, “to help bring technology
and education together, to find the common ground. This is
about people and education techniques for a changing world.”
D’Silva plans to develop a computer-based reading
tutor for students in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside
when he begins his doctoral work, immediately after graduating
with an MA. He has already worked on a Vancouver School Board
voice-recognition project with the Faculty of Education to
help ESL and Aboriginal students acquire more language skills.
D’Silva believes his engineering mind will be put
to good use as technology becomes more advanced. By combining
technology, literacy and language education, he hopes to enrich
the learning experiences of students at all levels.