Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Daniel Ruiz


Daniel is a second year, civil engineering major from Pembroke Pines, FL. Some of his "favorites" are the color blue, tigers, and his favorite food is called Bandeja paisa, it is a traditional Colombian plate. A fun fact about Daniel is that he has an obsession with Europe. 

When asked about the Nepal team, these were his answers:


How did you get involved with EWB?

I heard about it from an adviser, so I went to one of the general body meetings. Since day one I felt really identified with EWB's mission, so I started volunteering at some of the events. Then I applied to the Nepal project and got accepted. I love every minute of working with the team and making a difference thousands of miles away from home.

What are your goals for Nepal?

  • Building a relationship with the community 
  • Designing and building facilities that will help them meet their basic needs and improve their quality of life
  • Teach the community about different methods of sustainability that will help improve quality of life
  • Establish regular communication with the community to make sure that we build something they will definitely use and work on future projects


Anything else you want to tell the blog readers?


I am extremely passionate about this project because I've seen it myself. I've seen how a lot of these people live and how difficult their lives can be in the 21st century without most of the human basic needs like water, toilets, etc. I definitely believe that if an opportunity like this one is given to this community, especially to the little ones, they will have more time, more motivation and an example to get ahead in life. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

New Members - Fall 2014

The Nepal Team is proud to announce that we have gained six new members!

Congratulations to Julian Falconi, Vita KaroblytÄ—, Matthew Burke, Mackenzi Shepherd, Lucas Papageorgiou, and Rebecca Fedderwitz for becoming members of the Nepal team. We can't wait to get started! 

Thank you for everyone who applied! We had 20 great applicants and it was a tough decision. If you didn't make it, don't be discouraged; you can still be involved with EWB and do awesome things to help the Nepal Team! 

Check back soon for updates on the project's direction and progress.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Diego De La Hoz


Diego is a fourth year, mechanical and aerospace engineering major from Fort Walton Beach, FL. His favorite animal is an American Pit bull, his Pit bull (pictured above) is named is Leo. His favorite color is red and his favorite food is New York Cheesecake. His fun fact is that he really loves New York Cheesecake.


When asked about the Nepal team, these were his answers:


How did you get involved with EWB?

After my third year, I discovered that engineering is more than designing the latest engineering innovation, is about improving human quality. This is the driving goal of EWB. When I discovered the mission and vision of EWB, I immediately felt a sense of ownership towards EWB, and that is my "How did you get involved with EWB?" novel.


What are your goals for Nepal?

Nepal is an international personal challenge. I not only want to develop an engineering solution to the community’s problem, I want to establish a relationship with the goal to promote and stimulate a community-improvement mentality. 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Cody Heitman


Cody is a fifth year, materials science and engineering major from nowhere and everywhere, but most recently Niceville, FL (he's moved around a lot). He spent time in Australia in the summer of 2013 and he is now a fan of all things Aussie including the color eucalyptus green and baby wombats (he told me to watch this video to prove why wombats should be everyone's favorite). Cody is also a vegan, and he enjoys Midnight Cookie cookies because they are vegan and tasty.


When asked about the Nepal team, these were his answers:


How did you get involved with EWB?

Shak (the old treasurer) talked it up during an ultimate game and then we started going to meetings our sophomore year.... but I really didn't get too involved until I went to Las Vegas with the '12 and '13 UF chapter presidents and the past past past Bolivia team lead at the last EWB International Conference. I guess good times and a yearning to help others and apply what I learned in class got me involved.


What are your goals for Nepal?

I want to help shape the community into something that provides opportunities for its youth. We have the chance to change these kid's lives and open up doors that they couldn't even fathom being a possibility. They were full of joy and happiness and bliss and we should foster that and develop their passions. The world needs a little more that.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Taylor Chaisson



Taylor is a second year, biological engineering major from Clearwater, FL. Her favorite color is purple. Her favorite food is baked macaroni and cheese. If she could have any superpower she would want teleportation so she could travel the world. A fun fact about Taylor is that when she was little she broke her arm falling out of bed when she was four. 


When asked about the Nepal team, these were her answers:


How did you get involved with EWB?

My mentor Sarah invited me to go to an EWB general body meeting with her. I heard about the Nepal team and decided I wouldn't apply since I was a freshman and didn't want to overwhelm myself my first semester. Somehow I ended up submitting an application the day they were due and I got accepted onto the team. I don't know what I was thinking at that first meeting.


What are your goals for Nepal?

I want the village of Khanalthok to thrive. I want the families to be healthy and the children to be educated. Everyone deserves access to clean water and a good education. I want to help make Khanalthok a community that can support itself and its residents financially and physically. 


Anything else you want to tell the blog readers?


I am super excited to be working on such a worthwhile project in such an incredible community. I hope you keep up with our project through the blog or talking to us. It is going to be really cool to watch this project come to life. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Raina Zantout



Raina graduated from UF with a Master of Sustainable Development degree in May 2014.  Although she isn't an engineer, Raina has been an integral part of the Nepal Team. Raina studied the social science side of international development and helped us to create and conduct our household surveys and focus groups. Raina is now working with the Danish Refugee Council doing similar things to our social assessment in Khanalthok in refugee camps in Lebanon. Raina's favorite color is black. A fun fact about Raina is that she speaks four languages. We miss having her around!

When asked about the Nepal team, these were her answers:


How did you get involved with EWB?

I was working with a team at UF on a water education project and one of my teammates, an undergraduate student in engineering, told me about EWB and its international programs. 


What are your goals for Nepal?

Safe potable water access for all, adequate sanitation for all, and water for irrigation to support large agricultural community. 


Anything else you want to tell the blog readers?


EWB itself is a superb organization which provides timely and exceptional support to all its chapters. EWB UF is fortunate to have this support. As result, the EWB UF Nepal team is uniquely capable of working in Nepal and is complete with a team of diverse, passionate, and friendly individuals.