Engineers Without Borders USA is a fast-growing national non-profit impacting developing communities around the world. EWB provides an opportunity for engineering students and professionals to use their skills to develop sustainable, appropriate technologies for specific applications, to help meet the basic needs of people. Our programs typically start with a focus on providing water and sanitation, but often move into other areas depending on the needs of the people. There is a role for everyone at EWB, from engineers to public health professionals. Rachel will give a background on EWB, our local chapter, and how to get involved.
Rachel Lanigan works as an environmental engineer for Carollo Engineers in their Portland office, primarily working on water and wastewater master planning. For the 2009/2010 term, she served as the President for the Portland Professionals Chapter of EWB-USA. Prior to being President, Rachel traveled to Ecuador and assisted with the design of a composting toilet structure. She enjoys finding the balance between the large-scale professional world of engineering and the low-tech, hands-on approach of EWB.