EWB 2017 Executive Board Candidates

Welcome to the 2017 EWB Executive Board Voting Ballot!

Please read what each candidate has to say and vote for who you believe is best qualified for  the position at the bottom of the page !

The voting form will close on Wednesday, March 8th at 6:00 pm. Votes after this time will NOT be counted.

 

President

 

     Name: Jeff O'Neal

     Expected Graduation Date: May 2019 

     Major(s): Mechanical Engineering 

     Years Involved with EWB/ MDSE: 2 Years

 

 

1)     Summarize your involvement in Engineers Without Borders and/or Maryland Sustainability Engineering. This might include project team involvement, travel experience, workshops, fundraisers, and conferences.

I became involved with Engineers without Borders at the beginning of my freshman year, participating in both the Peru Project and Fundraising Team. While on the Peru project, I helped develop the traffic report and served as the formwork sub-group lead, leading a group of 5 people to design the wooden bridge that supports the concrete bridge while it cures. With the fundraising team, I have written multiple grant applications, and served on the Executive Board as the Fundraising chair; reviewing all grant applications, organizing fundraisers and coordinating concessions. I have attended all restaurant fundraisers for EWB since arriving on campus and have volunteered at 9 basketball games to work concessions. I traveled to the EWB National Conference last spring in Denver, Colorado as well. 

2)     Why do you want to be the President? 

I would like to be President of EWB because I believe that my exposure to the many different aspects of the organization will allow me to propel EWB forward and continue to drive its success. With the many changes, both recent and upcoming, it will be important for the President to work with his/her executive board and the Clark School administration to make decisions that are best for our chapter. 

3)     What experiences or qualities qualify you for this position?

As stated above, I have been exposed to the many aspects of this organization. I believe my experience on a project team has developed an understanding of the project process and the numerous components and necessities a project has at its lowest level. I have also served on the executive board as fundraising chair, representing our organization by working to supplement our budget through various activities. I have also been to a national conference and obtained a broader perspective of EWB and learned about the future of this organization on a larger scale. With my comprehensive knowledge about EWB, I plan to guide the organization so that it implements and uses the wealth of knowledge in the recently developed Quality Assurance/Quality Control Document. Being self-motivated to improve and assist in any way possible is likely the most important trait to be President, as he/she is the person responsible for leading the group and starting initiatives. I believe that I exemplify this trait through my prior involvement in EWB, as well as other leadership positions on campus such as being a Resident Assistant and Staff Manager for SGA.

4)    What is your availability this coming summer and throughout the school year (studying abroad, extended summer vacation, traveling with a project, etc)? What your other commitments? How much time will you be able to commit to this position in the coming year? 

This summer I plan to work somewhere on the East Coast, but I plan to be around on weekends, and weekdays, if given prior notice. As for other commitments, I am a Resident Assistant in Cumberland Hall and is an active member of the club triathlon team, but I understand that as President EWB would be my top priority, putting in all the time I need to do a great job.

 

 


Vice President

 

     Name: Kate Carter

     Expected Graduation Date: May 2018

     Major(s): Mechanical Engineering

     Years Involved with EWB/ MDSE: .5 Years

 

 

 

1)     Summarize your involvement in Engineers Without Borders and/or Maryland Sustainability Engineering. This might include project team involvement, travel experience, workshops, fundraisers, and conferences.

I joined EWB last spring and was unable to participate due to a devastating personal loss. I took off this past Fall to participate in a co-op opportunity in New York State. I returned and participated in the men's basketball game concessions and plan to join the Sierra Leone and/ or the Ghana sub group after having attended the new member orientation. I look forward to future concessions and fundraising opportunities. I have yet to receive the amazing opportunity to travel with EWB but I have traveled around Europe, Mexico, and Canada.

2)     Why do you want to be the Vice President? 

I have strong leadership skills that I have developed over the course of a full time director position and various group projects. I enjoy leadership because it allows me to encourage others and help them grow in various parts of their lives. This in turn helps develop my world view and push me towards my goals both personally and professionally. I have an interesting story filled with just as many successes as failures and I think that experience in both will help me provide beneficial leadership to other group members as well as support to other executive board members.

3)     What experiences or qualities qualify you for this position?

As I mentioned before, I was the director of a recreational gymnastics program where I not only was a leader figure for other coaches but also a motivational support for young gymnasts. I was a liaison between the owner and other management personnel and tripled the enrollment in the gym. In school projects I naturally step into a leadership role because I enjoy helping to identify group member strengths and aid them in improving weaknesses. I've developed extensively on my communication, organization, and collaboration skills in multiple environments.

4)    What is your availability this coming summer and throughout the school year (studying abroad, extended summer vacation, traveling with a project, etc)? What your other commitments? How much time will you be able to commit to this position in the coming year?

I will be unavailable in person this summer as I am moving just after finals week to Washington state to pursue an internship position with Boeing. However I will be available over the phone/Skype/email to keep up any responsibilities necessary after my 9-5 work day. Next semester is my senior year and my classes are less technical than this semester and will allow for far more time to be spent on a position such as this. I suspect a minimum of 10hours/week availability and that is flexible based on need.

 

 

     Name: Nipun Kottage 

     Expected Graduation Date: May 2019 

     Major(s): Bio-Chemistry and Anthropology 

     Years Involved with EWB/ MDSE: 2 Years

 

 

 

1)     Summarize your involvement in Engineers Without Borders and/or Maryland Sustainability Engineering. This might include project team involvement, travel experience, workshops, fundraisers, and conferences.

My involvement with EWB begins with a research assignment and culminates in becoming the Ghana project lead. I was tasked with selecting field water tests for use during the January 2016 water assessment trip. I worked to become an expert in water quality testing, an asset that allowed me to travel. During the trip I managed all of the water assessment activities, providing the groundwork for the design and implementation of the current water supply project. After traveling, I brought my field experiences back to the project as the new project lead. I work to communicate the situation on the ground in Ghana to the project. Small details, like whether the community waters their flowers, have a big impact on the needs of the community and our design process. As project lead, I have also worked through the nuances of the EWB-USA project process. With my team, we have received approvals on an Alternatives Assessment report and a Pre-Implementation Plan. In addition to technical reports, I have supported the project and the chapter by writing applications for grants, developing the technical skills of project members, and building camaraderie among the project team. In particular, I have sought to bridge the knowledge gap between new and old members by adopting a teaching-oriented meeting structure. Beyond the project, I have run new member orientations, worked concessions, volunteered at EXPO, participated in workshops, and overall done my best to contribute to the chapter as a whole. I hope that the work I have done for both the project and the chapter will foster the development of new leaders and innovators for EWB-UMCP and the world as a whole.

2)     Why do you want to be the Vice President? 

As the vice president, I would be able to take an active role in the planning and implementation of all of the chapter’s projects. The position provides a unique opportunity to facilitate a broad range of tasks, from project initiation to construction logistics. I am drawn to the position by the diversity of challenges that the vice president faces. On any given day the vice president may need to figure out how to get someone to Perú to test soil, or work with a community to settle a water rights dispute in Ghana, or communicate despite marshal law in Ethiopia. The heart of EWB-UMCP is in the project process, and I hope to have an active role in guiding and shaping everything we build.

3)     What experiences or qualities qualify you for this position?

As a project lead, I have engaged with every part of the project process. These experiences, such as assessing community needs, finding an appropriate engineering solution, and managing the logistics of implementation, are invaluable for a vice president. In order to guide project leads through the process, the vice president must have a comprehensive working knowledge of the process, and every pitfall along the way. I have worked extensively with EWB-USA for technical review, navigating their newly implemented approval process. I have spoken to community members in Ghana to evaluate their water needs, worked with a project team to design solutions, and worked to revise every word published by the Ghana team. When issues arise, such as losing travel mentors and changing project specifications, I have worked to efficiently and effectively address problems that arise and mitigate future problems. Semper Gumby, always flexible.


4)    What is your availability this coming summer and throughout the school year (studying abroad, extended summer vacation, traveling with a project, etc)? What your other commitments? How much time will you be able to commit to this position in the coming year? 

In the coming year, like this year, EWB will be my top priority. In August I plan on travelling on the Ghana solar and water implementation trip. Upon our return, I will work to complete post-trip documentation and make plans for a final implementation trip. While I do conduct undergraduate research and take on a decent course load, I live and breathe EWB. I plan around project and exec board meetings, and always make sure to give myself sufficient planning time. In addition to strong time management, I am always willing to put in the extra hours until a task is complete. If I am not proud of it, it is not done. As vice president, I will apply that mantra to everything this chapter produces.

 

 

Treasurer

 

     Name: Hiroyuki Wakabayashi

     Expected Graduation Date: May 2019 

     Major(s): Mechanical Engineering 

     Years Involved with EWB/ MDSE: 1.5 Years

 

 

 

1)     Summarize your involvement in Engineers Without Borders and/or Maryland Sustainability Engineering. This might include project team involvement, travel experience, workshops, fundraisers, and conferences.

Beggining the spring semester of my freshmn year I got involved with EWB, more sepcificall the Peru Team Within in the team I am the Loads and superstructure sub group lead which analyzes the components so that the bridge itself would not collapse. In additon to the team itself I attended the regional conference in Georgia. For the past semester I have maintained the EWB website as the media tech chair. Lastly when EWB was in a pinch I stepped in to do concessions and out of all of the concessions opportunities possible I have done almost all but 2.

2)     Why do you want to be the Treasurer? 

I want to be the treasurer because I want to play a larger role within the organization. I first came to Engineers without borders because I wanted real life applications to what I had learned within classes. As I knew one of the projects leads, I decided to attend one of their meetings. Within the first of five minutes of arriving, the project leader found me something to do regardless of my skill level. While some of the tasks I was given were hard for me to complete, the projects and the group pushed me to self-teach a completely different aspect about engineering that I would not have experienced if I had not reached out. From everything I have received from EWB UMCP, I want to now give back as the Treasurer to ensure that there would be projects in the future to provide the same opportunities I had for future/prospective members.

3)     What experiences or qualities qualify you for this position?

The first experience I would refer to is the co-treasurer role I had within my senior graduating class. As the co-treasurer I raised 5000 dollars, which in turn, allowed for all of the students in the graduating class to attend prom for free. Secondly, I am currently one of the two treasurers for UMD club running. While I have yet to experience the full workings of treasurer, I do have prior knowledge about how collegiate club related banking accounts works. From my experiences with the treasurer in other organizations I believe that I can bring over the knowledge that I gained to better EWB as an organization.

4)    What is your availability this coming summer and throughout the school year (studying abroad, extended summer vacation, traveling with a project, etc)? What your other commitments? How much time will you be able to commit to this position in the coming year? 

In terms of availablity I am going to be studying abroad my spring semester of 2018 and possibly the fall as well. In addition, to EWB I am the treasurer of UMD club running and I am also going to be in Terps Racing as well. Despite having alot on my plate I will commit the time necessary to be a successful Treasurer of EWB.

 

 

Secretary 

 

     Name: Connor Hall

     Expected Graduation Date: May 2020

     Major(s): Bio-Engineering

     Years Involved with EWB/ MDSE: 1 Year

 

 

 

1)     Summarize your involvement in Engineers Without Borders and/or Maryland Sustainability Engineering. This might include project team involvement, travel experience, workshops, fundraisers, and conferences.

During the Fall 2016 semester, I was on the Ethiopia project where I worked on the calculations for soil loss due to erosion with my fellow teammates. I also worked on most of the documents for pre implementation as we were a small team so everyone helped write portions of the documents. I applied to travel over the winter but was not chosen. This semester, I have started working on the Distribution sub-team of the Ghana project. I have already contributed to our section of the operations and management manual and I have helped with the head loss calculations. I have also been TIPS certified and I plan to do concessions for the Michigan State game.

2)     Why do you want to be the Secretary? 

I think that more information about the objectives of each project can be shared more openly on an enhanced google drive folder. If members of different teams were able to access what other teams are working on, it would be much easier to allocate more resources to a project that has a rapidly approaching deadline. This would be facilitated by emails calling for EWB members and possibly students outside the program that had experience with a certain program or topic. The burden of running an EWB project should not rest entirely on the shoulders of the leaders. If our projects were more organized and connected, then we would be able to accomplish projects of higher quality. I would love to be more involved with Engineers Without Borders, so I would be willing to take on the task of organizing a google drive hub and contacting current and new members for projects in need of additional hands.

3)     What experiences or qualities qualify you for this position?

I have had experience creating google drive folders for a writing club in high school, where I was on the leadership team for three years. Each year, I worked with our faculty advisor to publish a literary magazine and disburse it around the school. I was also made team manager of my ENES100 project because I was good at organizing and optimizing team schedules and meetings. I understand that I do not have the most experience for this position, but I do have a good work ethic speaking from my experience as an intern and a dishwasher.

4)    What is your availability this coming summer and throughout the school year (studying abroad, extended summer vacation, traveling with a project, etc)? What your other commitments? How much time will you be able to commit to this position in the coming year? 

I should have a fair amount of time to commit to being the secretary. I may have a summer internship or be conducting research on campus but I would be able to meet over the weekends during the summer and the school year. With my schedule this semester, I could meet on Monday, Wednesday, or Friday nights. I am uncertain of my schedule on the weekdays in future semesters, but I am typically free in the evenings. I do not plan to study abroad this summer or next school year, though I will probably apply to travel with a project.

 

 

Fundrasing Chair

 

     Name:Syed Taqui Mahmood

     Expected Graduation Date: May 2020

     Major(s): Letters and Sciences, Mechanical Engineering

     Years Involved with EWB/ MDSE: .5 years (Spring 2017)

 

 

 

1)     Summarize your involvement in Engineers Without Borders and/or Maryland Sustainability Engineering. This might include project team involvement, travel experience, workshops, fundraisers, and conferences.

I found out about Engineers Without Borders just a couple of days before the first general body meeting this semester. I was really thrilled because my brother is a part of Doctors Without Borders and I always wondered if there was an organization where I could also help the community through my field. Needless to say, I went to the general body meeting, the new student orientation, and obviously, the fundraising meetings. I am exponentially growing in my knowledge of EWB as well as the various ways through which I can be more involved like the fundraising team and concessions. Additionally, I am trying to get more involved in the Peru project and become an active part of that project.

2)     Why do you want to be the Fundraising Chair? 

I have always exceled at leadership roles, especially when they involve fundraising. This is an area where I have always had the most interest because I feel like I have a direct effect on the club and can see physical results through fundraising. The amount of work that I put in directly impacts the funding for the club as well as the success of EWB. Additionally, I feel that I can mentor other students who are interested in fundraising but who do not have much prior experience, and can help them hone their leadership and fundraising skills.

3)     What experiences or qualities qualify you for this position?

I was the Executive Conference Manager for Dhahran Model United Nations Conference 2016, Fundraising Manager and Group Leader for my high school Habitat for Humanity Club, Co-Founder and Secretary of the Quiz Bowl Club and Co-Founder and Manager of the Eastern Province Interschool Contest in Debate 2015. I was in charge of organizing all the events for these organizations, as well as managing the finances and the actual functions of these ongoing clubs. I also had other students shadow me during senior year of high school in the MUN club and in the Habitat for Humanity club so that they could learn from observing what aspects of these clubs I managed and would be able to take over my role for the next year. Moreover, I was the captain of my middle school soccer and basketball teams. I also coached these teams and ran the middle school soccer and basketball clubs when I was in high school. I worked with ESL students to teach them English, French and all levels of Math through the Tutoring Club as well. I am experienced in working with other people individually as well as in groups, and I am qualified to become the EWB Fundraising Chair. I look forward to become an active part of the executive board and help run EWB.

4)    What is your availability this coming summer and throughout the school year (studying abroad, extended summer vacation, traveling with a project, etc)? What your other commitments? How much time will you be able to commit to this position in the coming year? 

I will be travelling for the first half of June. I will also be doing an internship for the rest of the summer but the internship is close to campus. Therefore, I can put in as much time as required from me during the summer. During the school year, I will be able to provide around 3-5 hours per week, which I think is more than enough to be successful with the fundraising team, to manage and organize events as well as to have meetings with the executive board. 

 

 

Public Relations

 

     Name:Tamara Lee

     Expected Graduation Date: May 2020 

     Major(s): Mechanical Engineering

     Years Involved with EWB/ MDSE: .5 years

 

 

 

1)     Summarize your involvement in Engineers Without Borders and/or Maryland Sustainability Engineering. This might include project team involvement, travel experience, workshops, fundraisers, and conferences.

I am a member of the Ghana project in the structures sub group. As an active member, I have contributed ideas to the tower design, researched feasible designs, and reached out the companies to figure out where to source materials. Outside of the weekly Thursday meetings, I meet up with the team on Tuesday to accomplish more goals in the EWB space. I have worked concessions to fundraise at the basketball games. I have attended a land surveying workshop and on Friday, I will be attending a CAD workshop in order to develop more technical skills. 

2)     Why do you want to be the Public Relations Chair? 

This position will allow me to become more involved in this organization by getting to know more members and by having more responsibilities. I believe that I have many qualifications that are required for the position as stated below. Being given the opportunity to relay our project goals and progress reports to potential members and funders would be a unique experience for me. Sharing my own experiences as an Engineer Without Borders with talented incoming students to recruit them for our organization would be an extremely rewarding way to give back to both EWB and the students themselves.

3)     What experiences or qualities qualify you for this position?

I am very organized and know how to effectively manage a large group. I am involved in many student organizations on campus so I have many connections. I excel at meeting new people and developing relationships with people of all backgrounds and personalities. A good quality of mine is being able to create concise and aesthetic power point presentations in a timely manner.  

4)    What is your availability this coming summer and throughout the school year (studying abroad, extended summer vacation, traveling with a project, etc)? What your other commitments? How much time will you be able to commit to this position in the coming year? 

I will be available throughout the summer because I have not found an internship yet. I hope to travel in August in order to implement the design and successfully construct a working system. During the school year outside of academics, I have dance practice three times a week as well as weekly Theta Tau meetings. I will be able to commit 8 hours a week for this position and can fit additional time if necessary. 

 

 

     Name: Emily Boyle

     Expected Graduation Date: May 2020 

     Major(s): Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

     Years Involved with EWB/ MDSE: 1 year

 

 

 

1)     Summarize your involvement in Engineers Without Borders and/or Maryland Sustainability Engineering. This might include project team involvement, travel experience, workshops, fundraisers, and conferences.

I am currently a member of the Ghana Project team and have worked with the structures sub-group to create the design for the structure supporting the water tank. I also have researched material sourcing in Ghana. I am currently helping the organization start a new project as a Project Steward by researching the feasibility of programs listed on the Volunteer Village website. Additionally, I am TIPS certified and have attended the CAD workshop.

2)     Why do you want to be the Public Relations Chair? 

I have really enjoyed working with Engineers without Borders over the past year and would love to become more involved with the organization. I have always wanted to use engineering to help others, and Engineers without Borders has provided a way for me to do so. I was introduced to Engineers without Borders through the First Look Fair, and I would love to share the amazing opportunities that Engineers without Borders offers with other Terps at similar events. Additionally, being Public Relations Chair would help me to continue to improve my presentation skills.

3)     What experiences or qualities qualify you for this position?

As a member of the Ghana project, I have first hand experience with how projects work, and what potential members will be involved with as a part of the organization. Additionally, as a Project Steward, I have knowledge about how projects are started and run. I also have excellent communication skills and am excited about sharing the organization with the Maryland community. I have done promotional work for my high school as a student ambassador, and have promoted other student organizations that I was involved with in high school as well. Additionally, I have promoted technology at a booth at Maryland Day for the past seven years. I have experience with presenting and would be very helpful with creating presentations. As a part of the Project Lead the Way program that I was a part of in high school, I had to present an innovation to a board of engineers, so I have experience with responding to technical questions.

4)    What is your availability this coming summer and throughout the school year (studying abroad, extended summer vacation, traveling with a project, etc)? What your other commitments? How much time will you be able to commit to this position in the coming year? 

I am involved with a few other organizations on campus, but will make Engineers without Borders a top priority. I will be working over the summer and may be involved with a few other activities, but for the most part my schedule this summer will be open.

 

 

Media Tech Chair

     Name:Donald De Awlis

     Expected Graduation Date: May 2020 

     Major(s): Environmental Science and Technology

     Years Involved with EWB/ MDSE: 1 year

 

 

 

1)     Summarize your involvement in Engineers Without Borders and/or Maryland Sustainability Engineering. This might include project team involvement, travel experience, workshops, fundraisers, and conferences.

I served as one of the Ghana water treatment sub-group leaders, and helped facilitate research and discourse regarding the design of the chlorination system that we plan on implementing in Suma-Ahenkro next year.  At the same time, I have been involved with the events team and helped spearhead the first EWB gathering of the year outside of EWB week.  Additionally, I will have volunteered at three basketball games by the end of this school year, and got TIPS certified early on in the year to be able to better contribute to the organization. 

2)     Why do you want to be the Media Tech Chair? 

By serving on the events team I’ve been able to witness the potential for EWB to grow into a much larger, more inclusive student group with participation from all majors and career paths.  We need the ability to reach a wider group than simply STEM majors, and this is where social media comes in.  Active campaigns on social media will spread our message across campus, and will be integral in increasing participation in the organization.  I see a lot of potential for EWB to improve their social media presence, and as Media chair I hope to continue to improve upon the work that is already being done to expand the organization online.  We need more frequent website updates to document the fantastic work being done in the organization, and I would love to spearhead a motion to do this in a poignant, meaningful manner.  Establishing a blogging system of some sort would help current and prospective members understand the scope of what we do, and a highlight reel on the website would help boost our status as a chapter.  There is so much that we can do to improve the organization, and I want to be a part of that process. 

3)     What experiences or qualities qualify you for this position?

I am an avid photographer and videographer with professional experience, in addition to my own experience with managing media outreach with my nonprofit organization.  I have been shooting for four years now, nearly half of that time being professional- I worked as a wedding videographer for some time, and have since switched to wedding photography and have been shooting steadily for over one year now.  Given my experience in the field, I would not only be able to produce my own content for EWB, but also market it effectively through social media to improve both member outreach and outside interest in the organization.  

4)    What is your availability this coming summer and throughout the school year (studying abroad, extended summer vacation, traveling with a project, etc)? What your other commitments? How much time will you be able to commit to this position in the coming year? 

I will be training for my EMT certification this summer for four days a week between 6/19/17 and 8/04/17, but will be free during the remaining days of the week in addition to the tail end of our summer vacation.  I tend to have relatively strict schedules during the year, but I have, and will continue to prioritize EWB and cater my schedule to the needs of the organization as much 

 

Events 

 

     Name:Karen Liu

     Expected Graduation Date: May 2018 

     Major(s): Civil Engineering, Computer Science (Minor) 

     Years Involved with EWB/ MDSE: 2 Years

 

 

 

1)     Summarize your involvement in Engineers Without Borders and/or Maryland Sustainability Engineering. This might include project team involvement, travel experience, workshops, fundraisers, and conferences.

I became involved with the EWB Fundraising Team starting in the fall of 2015. I helped write grants and assisted in the planning of the Cultural Dinner. I then was elected as Events Chair for the 2016-2017 school year, planning events to foster member bonding within the organization, as well as working on events to promote our organization to the UMD community, such as the STEM ExPO, Maryland Day, etc.

2)     Why do you want to be the Secretary? 

I would like to be the Events Chair for the upcoming year because I enjoy planning events and coming up with new ideas. 

3)     What experiences or qualities qualify you for this position?

I have held this position for the past year so I know what being Events Chair entails. I am familiar with what is expected of the role and if elected again, will continue to improve and incorporate feedback in the planning of new events. In addition, I possess qualities that qualify me for the position of Events Chair, such as time management skills and the ability to juggle multiple tasks at once. In addition, I am resourceful and able to work within budgets. 


4)    What is your availability this coming summer and throughout the school year (studying abroad, extended summer vacation, traveling with a project, etc)? What your other commitments? How much time will you be able to commit to this position in the coming year?

I will be busy interning this upcoming summer, from the beginning of June to mid August. I will have about two free weeks before my internship starts and two weeks after it ends. Throughout the school year, classes and schoolwork take up a majority of my time (as is the case for most college students). Although I am involved in several other organizations, I do not hold leadership positions in any other school organizations. I also play intramural soccer in the spring season and tutor on weekdays. I estimate that I will be able to commit on average six hours a week to this position, but more if necessary. I believe that I will be able to devote the time necessary to succeed as Events Chair and ensure that I perform all the duties required in a timely manner. 

 
 
 

     Name:John Park

     Expected Graduation Date: May 2020 

     Major(s):Computer Engineer

     Years Involved with EWB/ MDSE: 1 year

 

 

 

1)     Summarize your involvement in Engineers Without Borders and/or Maryland Sustainability Engineering. This might include project team involvement, travel experience, workshops, fundraisers, and conferences.

I’m currently on the Events Team, and I’ve worked closely with Karen (the current events chair) to plan events for EWB.  We planned the first social event that spanned over multiple project groups (Engineers With Brownies) since the foundation of EWB (at least to my and Karen’s knowledge).  We are also planning to do something new for Maryland Day, rather than the standard water filtration demonstration.  Instead, we plan on having an interactive module that allows people to use a bicycle pedal to try and produce more power than a solar panel.

2)     Why do you want to be the Events Chair? 

I’m having a great time working with the Events Team.  Although the Events Team is only a handful of people strong, it’s an extremely close knit group, and it’s really easy to talk and share our ideas with one another.  I want to lead next year’s Events Team and foster it to have the same atmosphere as when I joined it – hopefully we can attract more people to the Events Team and think of creative events to throw with the various project groups.

3)     What experiences or qualities qualify you for this position?

As I said earlier, I am currently in the Events Team, and I’ve had experience planning for and designing events.  I understand the time it takes to think of an event and actually get it running thanks to this.  I’m also good friends with all of the members of the current Events Team, so I can easily communicate with them.  In addition, I’m very good at communicating with others, whether it be other groups or people.  I would make sure to speak with different executive board members and project leads to make sure what events are feasible for them. 

4)    What is your availability this coming summer and throughout the school year (studying abroad, extended summer vacation, traveling with a project, etc)? What your other commitments? How much time will you be able to commit to this position in the coming year? 

I’m hoping to get an internship this summer, but I will still be open on afternoons.  I’m not involved with any other clubs that take copious amounts of time out of my schedule, so I will be able to focus mainly on EWB.

Quartermaster

     Name:Ethan Burbridge

     Expected Graduation Date: May 2018

     Major(s):Mechanical Engineer

     Years Involved with EWB/ MDSE: 2 years

 

 

 

1)     Summarize your involvement in Engineers Without Borders and/or Maryland Sustainability Engineering. This might include project team involvement, travel experience, workshops, fundraisers, and conferences.

Two years ago I joined EWB as a member of the Peru project team. On the team I created CAD models for formwork used for a mock build. At the mock build I taught Peru and Ethiopia team members basic tool use and construction. Last semester I was appointed Ethiopia project lead. During my tenure I have lead an interdisciplinary team of students to design repairs for a storm water retention pond and to monitor previous projects. As project leader I attend weekly Executive Board meetings that keep me up to date on the on-goings of the chapter. I have also worked many concessions.

2)     Why do you want to be the Quarter Master? 

At the conclusion of my tenure as Ethiopia Project Lead, I would like to continue my involvement with EWB. Quartermaster applies a lot of the skills that I already have to helping EWB. I also notice a dearth of technical lessons within the organization that I would like to solve by holding workshops that teach skills like tool handiness and CAD.

3)     What experiences or qualities qualify you for this position?

I grew up using tools and have worked several summers as a construction assistant. During the Peru mock build I taught members from Peru and Ethiopia how to use tools. I have also led CAD workshops where I taught beginner design techniques. Additionally my organizational skills are superb. 


4)    What is your availability this coming summer and throughout the school year (studying abroad, extended summer vacation, traveling with a project, etc)? What your other commitments? How much time will you be able to commit to this position in the coming year?

I am still looking for an internship this summer so my plans are up in the air. However, there is a good chance that I will be in the College Park area. The coming school year I have minimal commitments.