Sunday, November 8, 2015

Alan Hodges...Volunteering Abroad with USU's EWB


What is USU’s Engineers Without Borders Part 2?
(An exclusive look, with an EWB club comrade to find out from their perspective, just what Utah State University’s Engineers Without Borders program is like.)
By Maddison Lund


Alan Hodges
Alan Hodges is a Biological Engineering student, studying here in Logan Utah at Utah State University. Alan is also a member of Utah State University’s Engineers Without Borders program. This means that Alan is a part of a national organization where they actively participate in helping the world’s sustainability. To find out more about Alan’s personal experience, travel, and advice, please see interview below.

1.     Q: Before joining, what were your initial thoughts on Utah State University’s Engineers Without Borders program?
  A: “Before joining Utah State University’s Engineers Without Borders program, I thought that the EWB was an extremely exclusive club that was not open to any new members. I quickly learned however, that that was incorrect. Everyone involved is actually quite excited to bring on new comrades!”

2.     Q: Where did you first hear about Utah State University’s Engineers Without Borders program?
  A:I first heard about Utah State University’s Engineers Without Borders program from a friend. He had been a member of Utah State University’s EWB Mexico team. Learning about his last trip to Mexico with the EWB intrigued me, so I decided I would join.”

3.     Q: In simple terms, how would you describe Utah State University’s Engineers Without Borders trips?
A: “Utah State University’s Engineers Without Borders trips can be described as, a group of engineers who go to communities of less developed nations to help that specific community increase their standard of living.”

4.     Q: How did you decide what team to join since Utah State University’s Engineers Without Borders program has two equally enthralling teams (Team Mexico/Team Peru)?
A: “I decided to join Utah State University’s Engineers Without Borders Mexico team. My undergraduate research has been focused on water treatment and I am therefore very interested in this field. This field of water treatment aligned well with the focus of the upcoming team Mexico trip, which was to implement a water filter for villagers in a particular area in Mexico.”


5.     Q: What was your personal experience with Utah State University’s Engineers Without Borders team Mexico trip last summer?
A: “My personal experience travelling to Mexico last summer was incredible. I learned so much about not only engineering and project management, but also about developing relationships with people you've never met before and have little in common with. It is really difficult to put into words how great the entire experience truly was.”

6.     Q: Why do you think other students at Utah State University should join USU’s Engineers Without Borders Program?
A: “I think other students should join Utah State University’s Engineers Without Borders program, because you will meet many great people, and will have an immense amount of fun regardless of getting to travel or not, and you will get a chance to meet the great faculty whom you will later be working with. With no hesitation I can attest it has been the best club experience I have had at Utah State University.”


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