|Kenya Project Co-Lead
||Civil & Environmental Engineering
Class of 2018
Year(s) involved: 1
Other Involvments: School of Engineering Student Ambassador, Secretary at the Rutgers Chapter of Bridges to Prosperity, and Public Relations Director at the Rutgers Hindu Students Council
Why did you join EWB?
Engineering, much like Defense Against the Dark Arts, is best learnt by doing, not by relegating yourself to the classroom -- even though Umbridge would have you believe otherwise. I joined EWB for the same reasons Luna or Neville or Cho joined Dumbledore's Army -- it allows me to apply my knowledge in a real-world context, to solve problems that are more than just homework questions at the back of an overpriced textbook.
Why have you gotten more involved?
The work we do at EWB leads to tangible results in under-privileged communities across the globe. We build tanks and pipes and solar powered systems. It's more action, less talk. The very fact that my efforts could transform the lives of so many for the better, is a constant incentive to involve myself further.
How has EWB helped you to grow as an individual?
EWB has been instrumental in enabling me to explore different aspects to being an effective leader. A dominating and passive aggressive personality won't get you too far, particularly in an environment like EWB where consensus building and conflict resolution play an important role. It is difficult to quantify in words an experience as vast and enriching as this, but let it suffice to say that I owe a lot of my professional and personal development to this organization.
Favorite color: saffron
Favorite song: LOTR Soundtrack by Howard Shore
Favorite quote: "He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy that is not, will be victorious."
-Sun Tzu, The Art of War