One Man's Dream: So Far and Yet So Near

By Alfred Kamau

October 2016

In 1998 I came across a magazine from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ( while in school in Nakuru, in the former Rift Valley Province, Kenya.This felt like an achievement, to get that kind of magazine, because for the first time, I felt like an engineer, pilot and air cargo expert all in one.

In this part of the world, it was even weird to think of aviation as a career. The only planes we could see were the ones flying high above, on a clear-sky day, leaving back a white trail of what looked like a railway truck.

This magazine introduced me to the plane-making company Boeing. To date, I still have a very strong desire to visit, learn, train and work there, but I am thousands of miles away in Kenya, Africa, and that feeling connects me in a special way every time I read anything about this beautiful company.

I might not have flown in any plane. But the great work that this company does has impacted my life and thinking, that everything is possible and your dreams are valid. Mine is to say a BIG thank you, Boeing. Thank you, Embry-Riddle University, for educating me that dedication and hard work pays.