Currently, I am serving as a Bridge Corps fellow for Bridges to Prosperity in Uganda. While in this role, I have been conducting technical, social, and needs assessments for future bridges with local government officials. Additionally, I have been creating automated tools to streamline and control quality of preliminary designs, schedules, and budgets. I have also been assisting in construction oversight, quality assurance, safety, supervision, and getting my hands muddy alongside the local labors on the construction site.
I have eight years of design and construction management experience with Engineers Without Borders partnering with resource scarce communities. I have over six months of experience in construction working as a project engineer with a general contractor and as a volunteer Construction Crew Leader with Habitat for Humanity. I also have two years of experience as a mechanical engineer solving multi-disciplinary design problems and managing conflicting stakeholder interests.
In the first year of my Ph.D. program, I have been enhancing my mentoring and teaching skills. I have been tutoring students in their coursework, study habits, and interview skills. As a teaching assistant, I have been listening for what concepts students have been struggling with and trying different methods to help them; i.e. I designed and led participatory workshops and lectures where I helped more than 40 students work through collaborative examples to approach problems using alternative methods.
I found that I love inspiring confidence in students, and hope to lead more classes before I graduate. I have been mentoring an Engineers Without Borders team, using my research and experience to guide them in making a risk adverse sustainable design that we will implement this summer in Rwanda.
My experiences working with developing communities, in particular encountering a string of unforeseen risk events in Bolivia, inspired me to pursue a Ph.D. and facilitate research that will aid in the understanding and mitigation of risk for infrastructure projects in developing countries.