Disaster Response & Drainage

Intra-American Development Bank, Carrefour, Haiti

Haiti holds a special place in my heart. In college, we visited after the earthquake to assist in immediate recovery needs. While there, a flash storm flooded the temporary compound, causing a spread of contaminants and cascading challenges associated with recovery. Our team helped clear several local drainage channels of debris to assist in stormwater flow. After this trip, I maintained relationships with several in-country NGOs and assisted remotely, where feasible, with ongoing recovery efforts. In 2017, I organized another team trip on my own to visit some schools and health clinics we had been partnering with over the years and introduce new potential partners to local leaders. I also partnered with the Intra-American Development Bank to design a large-scale drainage project in Carrefour, Haiti after being contacted regarding a class paper my professor had posted online regarding satellite-derived precipitation estimates for the Hispaniola island. I hope to visit again soon – please contact me if you have any associated opportunities to empower Haiti and address ongoing drainage concerns.

Civil Site Design

CDC Hospital, Ludhiana, India

Our team of several engineers and architects partnered with the Christian Dental College (CDC) to assist with preliminary design plans for rehabilitating a series of aging buildings. The CDC is the premier dental and oral health institute in India, training numerous doctors in dentistry, surgery, and public health. Students in this program typically spend one year of their training providing pro-bono services to at-risk communities throughout India. The CDC was facing potential closure due to hazardous building standards. Our team assisted in providing a comprehensive design for campus modifications through field surveys, discussions with the CDC leadership, conceptual planning, computer drafting, and reporting. This service work allowed the CDC to present the findings to potential partners that ended up matching CDC funds associated with construction costs.

Water and Sanitation

United Nations Cote d'Ivoire Refugee Camp

While working at AECOM, I spent many months stationed in Ghana as part of an international project. I became friends with several leaders of a nearby refugee camp, managed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and would visit each weekend to interact with the children. When the team found out I was trained as a civil engineer, they sought my help regarding several water supply issues throughout the facility. I contacted several NGOs that I had built relationships over the previous years to quickly learn best-practices for mitigating several issues in the field. Together, we were able to optimize various water pipes, holding tanks, site grading, and sanitary solutions for the community residents. I also interviewed the UNHCR leaders to compile upon returning home in efforts to raise additional funds for the camp.

Water Wells

Living Water International, Leon, Nicaragua

Living Water International (LWI) has implemented over 20,000 water projects throughout the world, including deep potable water wells and sanitation programs, to empower communities to spend more of their resources on education and growth, rather than finding, transporting, and storing drinking water. As a long-time fan and supporter of Living Water International (LWI), we were able to travel with the organization to Nicaragua to help drill and install a water well. LWI no longer recommends such field visits, as such financial resources are better equipped when used to facilitate local involvement (100% agree!). After this trip, we continued partnering with the organization locally by assisting the LWI office in Sugar Land, Texas with various needs.

Water Supply and Treatment

Engineers Without Borders, San Salvador, El Salvador

The Engineers Without Borders Houston Professional Chapter partnered with the Rice University Student Chapter to co-design a community water supply and treatment system near San Salvador. We spent several months designing the preliminary engineering plans and then visited the site to collaborate with local leaders, test water samples, collect field survey data, and optimize the plans for constructability. This project aided in securing clean and consistent drinking water for several thousand residents.