Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Karl Christensen

Get to know Assistant Peru Team Lead Karl Christensen in this interview below!

What is your position with the club?

Karl: Assistant Team Lead for the Peru Team, with a focus on our help with the Water Projects in Tuni Grande, Peru.

How long have you been a member?

Karl: 5 Months

Why did you initially join EWB-USU?

Karl: I read a report on one of their past projects and found that it lined up with my focus of Hydrology in Civil Engineering. I was intrigued by the problems that they were trying to solve and realized that I could learn a lot by getting involved.  The Project leads welcomed my enthusiasm and helped me realize that I could make a difference by attending.

What has been your favorite thing so far in EWB-USU?
Karl: My favorite part of USU-EWB is the club’s ability to let students guide the research and projects that we do. EWB is given communities to look after instead of pre-determined tasks. It requires team work, networking, engineering, and  host of other skills to tackle the problems we find. By the time we work through a project, we have a better understanding of what actual engineers will have to face.

What are upcoming events are you excited for?

Karl: This summer I will be traveling with the Peru team to follow up on last year’s implementation of Alpaca shelters. I’m excited to see the impact that our past projects have had and to meet the people there. Hopefully we can ensure our past work and find new projects to work on in the coming years.

Why should somebody join?
Karl: This club has helped me meet new people and to give my studying more purpose. Any student could find a place on the EWB team if they are excited about serving others.  Being involved with EWB will not only improve your time as a student but will have a direct impact on many lives around the world.

Celeste Hancock

Would you like to get involved in some of the EWB-USU workshops? Meet Celeste Hancock, the workshop coordinator and fellow EWB-USU member!
What is your position with EWB-USU?
Celeste-I am a team member on the Mexico team and I serve as the workshop coordinator for both teams.
How long have you been in the club?
Celeste- I have been in the club since September, so about seven months.
What has been your favorite of EWB-USU?
Celeste- My favorite part of EWB has been feeling like I am part of something meaningful. The work that gets done in the club directly benefits our friends in Mexico and Peru.
Why did you join?
Celeste- I joined because I wanted to have some part of my life not being dedicated to school and EWB seemed like a great choice. Also, they gave me pizza at the opening meeting.
Why should someone join EWB-USU?
Celeste- EWB is a great way to apply your education to a great cause. There are lots of opportunities to get involved and meet awesome people. Also, we usually have some pretty great treats.
What workshops are coming up and what will they involve?
Celeste- We have two workshops coming up. The first is a water quality workshop. One of our advisers will be instructing us on proper sampling methods and water quality analysis on April 16 at 11:00 am. There will also be numerous student presentations on water purification. The second workshop is our semi-weekly Spanish workshop. Here, students of all Spanish speaking levels come to teach and learn together. Two amazing native Spanish speakers are there to teach basic Spanish grammar and vocabulary. And if truth be known, we often end with a good game of Spanish bingo. We are planning on having the next workshop on April 23 at 11:00 am.

√ 25k Pictures!

Check out these amazing pictures from our annual 25K race!


Thursday, April 7, 2016

Sarah Baldwin

Get to know EWB-USU outreach coordinator and team member, Sarah Baldwin, in this interview below!
What is your position with EWB-USU?
Sarah: I am the outreach coordinator. In the past I was also the Peru team lead.
How long have you been in the club?
Sarah: I joined the club fall 2013, so about 2.5 years.
What has been your favorite of EWB-USU?
Sarah: I really enjoyed starting a project and seeing it through completion. It was very rewarding to travel to Peru and see something that we had worked so long on, be implemented in the community to help improve their lives.
Why did you join?
Sarah: I wanted to be involved in a club that did something meaningful. There were quite a few clubs for engineers, but I felt like EWB had a very meaningful purpose.
What upcoming events are you excited for?
Sarah: Both teams should be traveling this year (which is exciting). And the upcoming 5k should be good. Chris has been working hard to make it a success, and it is one of those events that helps the teams to travel.
Why should someone join EWB-USU?
Sarah: Because the group is fun and the work is rewarding.

Our new domestic team!

Engineers Without Borders at Utah State University (EWB-USU) has long helped villagers in Mexico and Peru, but a new domestic team is start...