S&T’s Engineers Without Borders travels to Honduras

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On May 14, 2014

A group of students from the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) student chapter at Missouri University of Science and Technology will travel to Santiago, Honduras, to increase access to clean drinking water for more than 6,000 community members.

The students will leave for Santiago on Sunday, May 18, and return on Sunday, May 25. The EWB team will meet with local leaders to better define the community’s needs, work to design a way to bring water to an elevated part of Santiago and continue to conduct water quality tests to monitor decreases in biological contamination after adding chlorine to the water.

The team has been remotely monitoring a water chlorination system that they installed in the community last summer. The team routinely calls water operators in Honduras and contacts Santiago’s mayor to gauge the community’s use of the system. This past winter break, the team installed two more chlorination systems.

Mac Prather, a senior in mechanical engineering from St. Louis, and Cathryn Pherigo, a senior in chemical engineering from St. Charles, Mo., will lead the Honduras trip. Dr. Richard Stephenson, professor emeritus of civil, architectural and environmental engineering, is the EWB faculty advisor. David Hoffman, an associate research engineer at S&T, and Stephen Hubbs, a volunteer mentor in the civil, architectural and environmental engineering department, will travel with the team. Donate to EWB’s cause at ewb-mst.org/donate.

The following students will travel to Honduras:

Heather Castelli, a junior in mechanical engineering from Catawissa, Mo.

Lauren Ernat, a sophomore in chemical engineering from Hamilton, Mo.

Evan Haley, a junior in mechanical engineering from Springfield, Mo.

Kortnee Long, a freshman in engineering from Rolla, Mo.

Luis Pereira, a senior in computer science from Sedalia, Mo.

Cathryn Pherigo, a senior in chemical engineering from St. Charles, Mo.

Mac Prather, a senior in mechanical engineering from St. Louis

Curry Spray, a sophomore in computer engineering from Springfield, Mo.

Haley Witcher, a junior in chemical engineering from Sedalia, Mo.

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2 thoughts on “S&T’s Engineers Without Borders travels to Honduras”

  • Juan G. Ochoa says:

    I am a MS-ME ´72 from UMR.
    Already retired from Kimberly-Clark Corp. (Kimberly-Clark Colombia) but coordinating Academic Group of Sociedad Antioqueña de Ingenieros, a regional engineering society but the most important one in the country, grouping many engineering disciplines.
    Currently we are interested in having down here something as EWB. Could we have more details and pictures of this project in Honduras to apply something similar here to poor people?.
    Missouri S & T could be advisor of such a project like this, here in Medellin-Colombia.
    Juan Guillermo Ochoa

    • mm Peter Ehrhard says:

      Hi Juan, I will email the Missouri S&T EWB advisor your information. Thank you for your interest in EWB and hopefully you can assist the people of Medellin, Colombia.