Engineers Without Borders USA Grant Winners Discuss Their Projects [Interview]

Engineers Without Borders USA harnesses the skills of engineers to tackle challenges to help communities meet basic human needs. While the engineering challenges differ from country to country, Peru and Nicaragua share in benefiting from the Engineers Without Borders USA Grant Award, sponsored by AIChE’s Societal Impact Operating Council (SIOC) and supported by the AIChE Foundation’s Doing a World of Good Campaign.

The 2017 and 2018 EWB Grant Recipients are from the Lehigh University and University of California, Davis, respectively.

In this video interviews below, we are joined by Kelly Barb, Staff Engineer at PSE&G, and AIChE Fellow and Senior Engineering Associate for Air Products John Cirucci. Each sits down with EWB participants to learn more about their projects, the most challenging aspects of working with their respective communities, and how their projects changed communities and changed them.

Semaj Troupe and Joshua McMillan are University of California, Davis students whose EWB USA chapter was awarded an AIChE grant in spring 2018 for its project on the La Huaylla Water Supply in Peru.

Jacob A. DeWitt is a student at Lehigh University whose EWB USA chapter was awarded an AIChE grant in fall 2017 its project on the Cebadilla Water Supply in Nicaragua.

The Engineers Without Border Grant is supported through the fundraising efforts of the AIChE Foundation.


Rabih Zayed's picture

Dear Sir/ Madame: I would like to join your group and be part of "Engineers Without Border". Would you please contact me by email at: or via telephone at: 1 514 647 3428 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada to discuss the How? and the Why(s)? and if you may have any questions or if you may require any additional information.. I would be very excited to be part of your group; and I am ready to GO! Thank you in advance for considering my request and I greatly look forward to hearing back from you.. Best regards, Rabih Zayed Jan 12, 2019