Mentoring students, providing clean water in Panama

A dug-out canoe used in Isla Popa, Panama, for local transport between islands and mainland. In mid-November 2014, Carsten Floess — a geotechnical engineer with AECOM and an adjunct professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York — sent out an email requesting volunteer travel mentors for the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter […]

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Protecting San Francisco against fires

Aaron Lee was recently named to the ASCE’s 2015 New Faces of Engineering list, which recognizes the next generation of leaders who demonstrate a clear vision, good managerial and technical skills, and who possess inspirational leadership qualities and a desire and willingness to change the world for the better. As a resident of San Francisco, earthquake risk […]

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Empowering Kenya’s Maasai tribe to address water shortages

Early in the afternoon, our Land Rover bounced over the rocky roads of the village of Iltalal in Kenya.  As we caromed over the rutted tracks, the rattling and banging of the truck and our tools melded in harmony with the laughter of the roughly 10 people packed inside.  There was much cause for laughter […]

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Engineer partners with Engineers Without Borders for an unforgettable experience

As our truck rolled into the village center, children and adults alike would wave, with wide smiles and yell “Bula!”  This means “hello” in Fijian, and for two weeks, I would hear it from every person I met. I have just returned from an Engineers Without Borders (EWB) project implementation trip to Fiji and will […]

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