TGCC Chapter Meeting June 2016
Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
Engineers Without Borders USA builds a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. Our 15,900 members work with communities to find appropriate solutions for water supply, sanitation, energy, agriculture, civil works and structures.
Since 2002, the EWB-USA project process has been refined constantly to ensure our international community programs are of the highest quality. EWB uses the professional engineering design process, which includes:
- Project Initiation, when a community applies to start a program
- Project Adoption, when a chapter takes on a program and a project
- Problem Assessment, including alternatives analysis and design
- Implementation on site, preceded by design review by an EWB Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).
- Project Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning (PMEL), and, Closeout.
EWB project engineers on staff assist the chapters manage the project along the path, ensuring high quality, sustainable and community-driven projects.
The presenters will review each of the quality control mechanisms of EWB’s project process that ensure that our projects are truly community-driven and sustainable, and that our members become better international development leaders through our work.
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Tom Bryan has been a member of EWB since 2010. He worked on the Rwanda fruit dryer project before becoming chapter treasurer and then a co-lead on a water supply project in northern Thailand. He has traveled on the assessment and first implementation trips to Thailand. He is also a past president of the JSC Toastmasters Club. Tom works for Cimarron on training simulation development at JSC and holds a B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Washington University in St. Louis
Jonathan Koenighain is a professional E.I.T and earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University. Jonathan serves as project co-lead for EWB’s Thailand (Maejanoi) project and has supported the team with pump system design and calculation. Jonathan works for Bechtel OG&C (Bechtel is one of EWB’s strongest national supporters) and works on the company’s Sabine Pass & Corpus Christi Liquefaction Project.
Mana works for Booz Allen Hamilton as a systems integration analyst for the International Space Station Program Office and is one of the EWB Kenya team project co-leads. He also serves as a volunteer firefighter for Nassau Bay and with Yuri’s Night as Race Director. Mana traveled with the Kenya team on the March 2016 implementation trip. Mana holds an M.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Auburn, a B.S. in Physics/Astronomy from BYU and also studied physics at the University of Auckland.
Jake has been involved in EWB-SHPC (JSC) since spring 2013 and is currently chapter President. With EWB he traveled to Kenya in September 2015 and again in March 2016, supporting the project with SketchUp CAD renderings. Previously in EWB he has supported the Thailand water delivery project and Rwanda fruit dryer project. Jake holds a B.A. in history from the University of Texas at Austin and works for NASA contractor Wyle Technology building IT solutions in their business office.