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Phone: (208) 364-6123
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Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402
Alumni Spotlight: John Gershenson '95
John Gershenson '95, now a mechanical engineering professor at Michigan Technological University, loves bikes.
"I love bikes. I love to ride them, talk about them, design for them. You name it."
In his current position he advises student clubs, conducts research and works with the bicycle industry on R&D projects that lead to products on the shelves of bike shops. This passion lead to a global initiative to affect real change.
While working on projects to develop cycling around the world, John and his team realized that there was an opportunity in the market for any company willing to bring quality bicycle components to Africa at an affordable price. Baisikeli Ugunduzi (Swahili for innovative or modern bicycles) was then born. Realizing that flat tires were the single largest problem for people who depend on bicycles for their livelihood, the team worked to develop a product that would put an end to flat tires. The milele (Swahili for forever) tube uses no air, never punctures, and lasts five years. It pays for itself 10 times in the first year alone and increases the incomes of those who earn a living on their bicycles by 25%. The future of the milele airless tube, the Sub-Sahara African cycling market, and Baisikeli Ugunduzi are bright.
When asked to give advice for students looking to follow a passion or work abroad, Gershenson said: "Do it! Do it NOW! There is no better time than right now. It will completely change you inside and out. My only regret is not having done this 20 years ago. It is fulfilling, it is exciting, it is a great learning experience, it is all that and so much more. We at Baisikeli Ugunduzi are always looking for interns. Come to Kenya, we will change your life."
John treasured his time at Idaho. Coming from a suburb of New York City he said it was eye-opening. "Despite having spent years outdoors hiking and biking, I was amazed by the real outdoor culture and the Idaho self-reliance. I learned to climb thanks to that first climbing wall and the fantastic climbing crowd at the time. My future wife and I made great friends and became "small town" people."