Member of the Month
1. What does Engineers Without Borders mean to you?
My greatest driving force for becoming a civil engineer is perhaps the same driving force for many others working with Engineers Without Borders; it is the prospect of elevating the standard of living for those affected by climate change, infrastructural inadequacies, and more. I am incredibly fortunate to be a member of Engineers Without Borders, which ultimately enables me to empower those disproportionately affected by their physical environment. I have always dreamed of working for non-profits or public agencies that deploys engineers to solve some of the world’s most pressings problems. In a way, working with Engineers Without Borders is like living a dream!
2. What motivated you to become so active?
My version of utopia is a place where good deeds can be done without the influence of money or prestige. It is also a place where safety and well-being is not a privilege, but a right. To get as close as possible to this idyllic world, I have to put in a lot of work and effort. Being a committed and active member of Engineers Without Borders allows me to gradually change our world into the utopia I know it can be.
3. What contribution to Engineers Without Borders are you most proud of?
I am very proud of leading the Greywater Reuse/Recycle design team for our International Project in Chaguite! Let’s put that unused greywater to work!!
4. What is one specific goal you want the club to accomplish this year?
I think the most important thing for the club to accomplish this year is putting together a reliable pump system that can secure a nearby source of potable water for our friends in Chaguite. I believe that would provide significant relief for many of the individuals we’re working to help.
5. What has been your biggest takeaway from the club?
This was a hard one to answer because there’s been a lot I’ve learned since joining the EWB-CPP chapter in Fall 2016. I’ve got to say my biggest takeaway is the sheer volume of good you can do for those affected if you are committed to a project. Sure, there are challenges to the entire engineering process, but the rewards are all the more sweeter if you weather the storms and see a project to the end. I’d like to add that this applies even if you feel like you don’t know very much. We all have to learn somehow!