Engineers w/o Borders
Mekelle School for the Blind
For two years, I worked with the Washington University's Engineers Without Borders chapter,
who had recently begun a project with the Mekelle School for the Blind in Ethiopia that aimed at
building a sustainable infrastructure to improve conditions for their students. I joined for their
January 2013, and January 2014 projects which addressed problems with the school's electrical and
water storage/distribution systems.
As a member and eventually as treasurer, the vast majority of my responsibilities focused on fundraising, establishing team objectives, and planning project details,
including completing an engineering analysis and work schedule. The actual implementations accounted for very little of my total time on the projects.
Thanks to our interventions, erosion and inconvenience due to the flooding of their rainy season has been severely decreased, and the safety of their campus has been greatly improved.
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