Sessions Info

Name Title Summary Learning Objectives
Thomas Decker Appropriate Technologies in Developing Countries  I would present on the technologies available throughout the world that help developing countries attain clean water, improved sanitation, and overall better living conditions. I would also present on how I taught this material to other students and the workshops that I held to teach the construction of certain technologies * Learn how to go about learning how to design, construct, and implement appropriate technologies in developing countries.
* Get experience in the sorts of technologies that can be used to solve the issues that developing countries experience.
* Could also spur ideas for current or future EWB projects.
Alex Debarnardo Arsenic and Bacteria Removal Through Slow Sand Filters and Eichhornia crassipes Unsafe drinking water is defined as inconsumable water containing biological or chemical pollutants that often cause illness and disease in developing nations.  Pathogenic bacteria and arsenic are two common contaminants in water that cause avoidable illnesses.  Slow sand filters are a proven and simple technology that relies on straining and attachment to a previously formed biofilm to remove microorganisms. Water hyacinths have been shown to absorb arsenic from water at high rates, and the water hyacinths can potentially be used to reduce arsenic concentration from water. 
 The objective of the project is to design and test a slow sand filter incorporating Eichhornia crassipes (water hyacinths) that can remove both bacteria and arsenic from water.  In the past, we tested a slow sand filter of our own design for elimination of bacteria, and it achieved removal rates above 99% in testing conditions.  We have now introduced modifications to the design to incorporate either live hyacinths or dried plant material. We are testing these two new designs together with two control filters that do not include plants.
 The project will have three stages: evaluation of the effect of plant material in the bacterial removal effectiveness of the filter, assessment of the behavior of a similar ion (phosphorus) in the filter, and finally assessment of arsenic removal.  To ensure sustainability, we will look to micro finance this project so that filters will be implemented in a developing country with high arsenic pollution.
1. Learn about slow sand filter construction.
2. Learn to analyze filter efficacy/ filter monitoring.
3. Learn about plant- independent slow sand filters.
4. Learn about micro-financing for sustainability.
Arthur J. White,  Best Practices for Photovoltaic Community Empowerment EWB-USA's Energy Standing Content Committee develops documentation and best practices for energy projects in the developing world. Members of the ESSC will present a live presentation at each EWB-USA 2012 regional conference on the subject of photovoltaic solar power systems. The presentation includes as built photographs and design schematics of photovoltaic systems installed by EWB-USA chapters in developing communities as well as screen shots of owners' manuals and specification sheets for electrical components (panels, betteries, inverters, etc.) which are used in solar PV applications. In each region, presenters will bring printed handouts, including a comprehensive overview of solar photovoltaic applications in the developing world, including recommendations to EWB-USA project teams developed by the Energy SCC. 1. Understanding of principles of solar energy
2. Introduction to key components of PV systems
3. EWB-USA minimum requirements for solar PV projects in developing communities
4. Best practices for community interaction before, during, and after project installation.
Joshua Knight Best Practices of EWB-USA Projects This year’s presentation from the EWB-USA Project Management Team will go over several practical tips on how to make your EWB-USA project more sustainable.  As an engineering organization, it is easy to focus only on the technical aspects but we want to make sure that teams think beyond the technical aspects and develop a thoughtful approach that also considers the social, cultural, and financial aspects of a successful project. • Learn how to increase project sustainability.
• Learn to increase technical sustainability.
• Learn to increase sustainability from a cultural perspective.
• Learn to increase sustainability from a financial perspective.
Kelly Barb Biosand Filters: Design, Implementation, and Education - La Ceiba, El Salvador  We will present our chapter's biosand filter project in La Ceiba, El Salvador. This will detail our design process, implementation process, and the monitoring results we have experienced to date. We need access to a computer and a projector.  * biosand filter designimplementation
* how to educate the community about their use and maintenance
* learn about obstacles and successes related to this type of water project
Lisa Hofgesang Community Involvement on Opposite Ends of the Spectrum While working on projects in two countries, EWB-NEU has experienced different challenges are working with two different communities on similar water projects. EWB-NEU proposes to compare and contrast the projects to highlight how each situation is different, and so must be approached differently. The focus of this presentation will be community involvement and NGO partnership but will also cover various aspects of EWB-NEU’s projects, including local culture, local government, geography, availability, and sustainability.   * Better understand the importance of community involvement and NGO partnership on various ends of the spectrum based on our experiences.
* Learn from our projects' good and bad examples of community involvement
* Be better able to work through ones in their own projects.
Medard Gabel Designing a World that Works for All  “To be truly radical is to make hope possible, not despair convincing.” This presentation is about transforming the world. It is about present-day, affordable and environmentally sustainable technology and policy that can transform a world that has more than a billion people living in brutal poverty, to one where the basic human needs and rights of everyone are met.  And, met not in a way that allows everyone to live in a world of the bare-minimum, but in a world of abundance, security and creativity.  The presentation is about making hope— that the world can be make to work for everyone— not only convincing, but also an economically rewarding path for business, government and individuals. It makes clear that meeting the needs of 100% of humanity does not involve redistribution or violent political revolution, but rather engineering and the deployment of the latest least-cost technology. I could also cover the role that students and Engineers Without Borders could play in accelerating this global transformation.  • Learn about the keys to furthering the developing world.
• Learn about patterns of globalization.
• Learn about technology and business and their roles in sustainable development.
• Analyze past and future patterns of development.
Ethan LaRochelle and Dan Saulnier Do I have what it takes to be a mentor? Yes! This short presentation will be followed by a discussion of what it takes to be a mentor. If you’re a professional that wants to help student chapters thrive, or an active mentor looking to share your war-stories, this is the session for you. • Learn what is involved in being an EWB mentor.
• Learn what accreditations are necessary to be an EWB mentor.
• Learn the benefits of being an EWB mentor.
• Learn how to become and EWB mentor.
  Dulce Vivir We’ll be presenting about the history of our project and how doing a large scale project has changed our views about engineering as well as how we had to adjust our attitudes as things were achieved or delayed.  We want people to be aware that taking on a large scale project is feasible, fundable, and possible in general. We want to exhibit the group growth that was experienced, as well as educate people on ways to overcome the obstacles that come with a large scale project. 
Adam Brostow Energy Savings from Supplying Drinking Water at Two Pressure Levels - a Retrofit in El Salvador. Our project is a retrofit of existing water systems in the village of Las Delicias, El Salvador. The existing system consists of a submersible pump, a booster pump, two storage tanks at relatively high elevation (the third tank is supplied by a spring), and gravity distribution piping supplying water to over 3000 people. The village, located on the flank of a volcano, cannot afford the energy bill. Our team concluded we can save energy required to pump water or, conversely, supply about 30% more water for the same price, by adding another tank at intermediate elevation. The tank, already constructed, will supply about 50% of the houses located at lower elevation.
The existing booster pump will be retrofitted with a VFD (variable frequency/speed drive) to pump at two different discharge heads (to fill the existing two tanks and the new tank) while keeping constant flow, in pace with the submersible pump.

The idea of storing water at more than one elevation and/or using a VFD may be applicable to other water projects. We also want to solicit feedback.
1. Learn about water pumps with VFD
2. Learn about water pumps at multiple elevations
3. Learn to make efficient water pumps
4. Learn to build off existing infrastructure
Rosemary Powers EWB-USA 101   EWB-USA supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders. This presentation will provide an overview of the organization, resources available for the members and managing EWB-USA Chapters. • Learn how to organize your chapter
• Learn how to manage new members.
• Gain an in depth view of resources available to EWB members.
Sky Morehouse Expectations for a lead mentor Sky Morehouse has functioned as lead mentor for 2 EWB assessment trips to the Northwest region of Cameroon, Africa.  This presentation and related discussions will revolve around the place of the lead mentor, the trip, local contact interaction, accommodations, safety, community approach, technical evaluation relating to the perceived and identified needs, resource sourcing, work while on site, and project follow up.  The Bome Valley Cameroon Project will be used as the case study.  The goal of the presentation is to provide the participants a basis of expectation for the lead mentor.  
Nicole Ostrowski Fundraising  The purpose of this session is to cover a variety of topics related to fundraising for EWB student and professional chapter projects. We will cover managing relations, types of fundraising and strategies and utilizing social media to your advantage. The session will then delve into forum discussion where members can toss around ideas and difficulties their particular chapter has experienced. * Attendees will be made aware of EWB-USA rules and other important information regarding chapter fundraising
* Attendees will understand the necessity of budgeting for EWB-USA projects
* Attendees will be made aware of potential laws and regulations pertaining to fundraising within their cities and campus communities and be presented with information on how to learn more about such laws.
* Attendees will be presented with a variety of fundraising strategies, especially 'types' of fundraising and the use of social media, to aid them in meeting their goals.
Medard Gabel Globalization's Next Wave  Globalization comes in waves. We are in the midst of the fourth, and most profound, of these waves. The first wave of global economic integration, between 1870 and 1914, was led by improvements in transport technology (from sailing ships to steamships) and by lower tariff barriers. Exports nearly doubled to about 8 percent of world income.  The second wave of economic globalization, from 1945 to 1980, was characterized by lower trade barriers and transport costs. Sea freight charges fell by a third between 1950 and 1970. Trade regained the ground it lost during the Great Depression. The third wave of global integration was led by further progress in transport (containerization and airfreight) and communications technology (falling telecommunications costs associated with satellites, fiber-optic cable, cell phones, and the Internet).  The fourth wave of globalization is happening right now. Much more than just the continuation of cost reduction in communication and transportation technology, lower tariffs, and continuing integration of the global economy, the fourth wave is revolutionizing the entire way we communicate, do business, and solve problems— and maybe even the way we view ourselves and our role in the Universe. The quantitative shifts of the past 25 years have created a qualitative transformation that changes everything. The technological advances that have led to economic integration have resulted in a global society where culture, problems, ecology, politics and economy are now so interlinked as to be one organism. If the earlier waves of globalization hooked us up, this latest wave is allowing the resulting system to exhibit all the characteristics of a living system. The implications of this are both profound and exciting— as well as possibly frightening. • Learn about the keys to furthering the developing world.
• Learn about patterns of globalization.
• Learn about technology and business and their roles in sustainable development.
• Analyze past and future patterns of development.
Jeffrey Salvitti and Katy Knight Google+ Jeff Salvitti and Katy Knight of the Google+ team will be giving a presentation and product demonstration showing how Google+ isn't simply a social media destination but  actually acts as a social spine to upgrade your entire Google experience. We will take an in-depth look at how Google+ can enhance the functionality of other Google products such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Android, and more.  • Learn to incorporate google + tools in chapter communication.
• Learn how to stay in better communication with other chapters and EWB national.
• Learn to foster chapter organization with google + tools.
Jason Halpern Gridless Power In his talk Jason will share the story of how Gridless Power grew from a simple idea to a funded, growing company. He'll be providing insight into starting up in the clean tech space and the unique challenges of solving problems that require a hardware solution. He'll also be discussing the work that Gridless is doing to address some of the world's toughest global power problems  
Daniel P. Saulnier Hydraulic Calculations for Drinking Water Systems Water systems hydraulics do not need to be complicated!  This session will break down community water systems into their component parts and discuss practical methods for doing hydraulic calculations.  Pressure, flow, headloss, and pipe sizing will be discussed, using real examples from EWB projects.  Participants should have a basic understanding of how community water systems function, so we can jump right into the calculations.  Depending on time constraints and audience interest, we may also discuss pumps, water hammer, and distributions systems. • Learn about hydraulic calculations.
• Expand knowledge of pressure flow, headloss, pipe sizing.
• Learn about pump, water hammer, and distribution system calculations.
Aneesha Raghunathan  Impact Assessment and Project Monitoring  I plan to examine two case studies on two separate projects that Hope Line Fashions Inc. completed over the past two years, one taking place at the time of its founding in August 2010 and one from last summer August 2012 and the lessons learned from each, focusing primarily on incorporating elements of impact assessment, project tracking, monitoring and data collection with the continuous element of human connection in order to have a sustainable impact. I also want to discuss the challenges that I faced doing this and some ideas for the future of sustainable development and what I think social impact focused organizations can do. • Learn about impact assessment.
• Learn about project monitoring and need assessment.
• Learn about methods of improving project sustainability.
• Learn about challenges in developing a non-profit.
Angeline Cione and Stephen Clark Importance of Public Health Surveys During the Planning Stages for Drinking Water Systems The presentation will cover the importance of utilizing Public Health Surveys during the planning stages for Community Water Projects. The presentation will provide an brief overview of Public Health Surveys and how to conduct them and provide two case studies. The first case study is of a community water project in Santa Clara, El Salvador that is near completion and the second case study is of a community water project in Mbohkop, Cameroon that is in the planning stages.
The overall goal of the presentation is to stress the interrelationship of public health and engineering in implementing community water systems.
• Attendees can expect to learn the goals of a survey.
• Learn how to conduct surveys.
• Learn how surveys helped shape the direction of community water projects.
• Learn about various historical water projects.
Fred N. Scatena Integrated Water Resource Management, Community Participation and Indicators of Success in Latin America: Examples from the Luquillo HELP project Successful integrated watershed management involves the active participation of individuals with a wide range of disciplines and back-grounds, including representatives of industry, academics, natural resource managers, local officials and community groups.  While there is considerable enthusiasm and support for an integrated approach, how to engage local communities and develop indicators of project success is a continual challenge.  The UNESCO supported Luquillo HELP project in Puerto Rico has managed these issues by organizing small, public workshops with technocrats and managers who are engaged in local water resource management.  Several forums have been organized, including technical meetings with the directors of natural resource agencies; organizing panel discussions at the meetings of local professional societies, and co-sponsoring technical workshops with local municipalities.  Other activities have included surveying best practices of organizations, facilitating educational exchanges, compiling oral environmental histories and developing web sites and synthesis publications.  This presentation describes these activities and discusses the benefits and costs of each approach. • Learn how to successfully integrate watershed management.
• Learn how to engage local communities to manage watersheds.
• Learn to develop indicators of watershed management.
• Learn about the pros and cons of different strategies for facilitating interdisciplinary watershed management.
Godlove Fonjweng Intercultural Communication: A community perspective from an EWB project site in Cameroon. Successful projects abroad require both technical competence and effective communication with the community being served. Ineffective intercultural communication can derail even the best designed and well funded projects. The goal of this presentation is to discuss some of the aspects of intercultural communications that are crucial to a successful project implementation. This presentation draws from specific EWB project examples in Cameroon and is designed to emphasize the community’s perspective.  
Tony Sauder and Megan Doherty Involving Women in a Hygiene and Latrine program in Guatemala * Assessment techniques that involved women and men in selecting an appropriate technology
*Interviewing women on hygiene knowledge, attitudes and beliefs, and healthcare access during assessment
* Meeting the challenge of language and gender barriers by planning ahead with community & NGO partners
* Listening and being patient about gaining community trust during project implementation
* Managing design & program changes with local expertise and input
Kayla Mineua Lessons Learned in Lukodi The University of New Hampshire Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders is currently working to provide potable water to the village of Lukodi in northern Uganda.  This presentation will provide an overview of the project.  Technical aspects of water quality testing, well disinfection, and potential sources of contamination will be discussed.  A summary of the chapter’s relationship with the community and education plan for sustainability will also be presented.  The presentation will focus on lessons learned thus far in the project.  
Gary Moore Making Things Work in Other Countries (i.e. Successful and Sustainable Project Implementation in Developing Nations) The key to any successful and sustainable project is to assess all aspects of the local environment (project site location, local/regional/national resources for equipment and materials, personnel capability/capacity & training, economics and politics), which allow the team to customize the project solution to the specific location, but in developing nations it is essential to do so.  In the US, project designers rarely have to consider issues such as the potential lack of equipment and material availability, qualified contractors, illegal activities.  In addition, existing degreed personnel and training for the local work force that will be operating and maintaining the proposed infrastructure can often present quite a challenge, depending on the location of the project.   • Learn how to successfully implement a project.
• Learn how to customize a project to a location.
• Learn how to deal with factors such as material availability and other building constraints.
• Learn how to adapt to changing factors on-site.
Mark Veletzos Merrimack College Haiti Service Learning Initiative (MCHSLI) Clean Water Program The Merrimack College Haiti Service Learning Initiative (MCHSLI) is a long-term partnership between two rural communities in Haiti, Project Medishare for Haiti and Merrimack College.  A primary objective of this initiative is to improve access to clean water to the towns of Marmont and Casse on the central plateau of Haiti.  Our team has traveled to these remote towns two times in the past two years and will be returning in January and June of 2013.  This presentation describes the challenges facing the towns of Marmont and Casse, our efforts to date and outlines our plans for future trips.   • Learn about a project for clean water access in Haiti.
• Learn about challenges facing clean water access in certain locations in Haiti.
• Learn about current initiatives to improve clean water access.
• Learn about future plans for improving clean water access.
Neha Anand Navigating through Socioeconomic Challenges on the Path towards Bringing Clean Water to Honduras The key theme of our presentation is the adaptability needed to achieve the goals of EWB projects in different communities. While having a sound technical design is a very significant indicator of success, having local support in the community and having financial support to actually implement the project successfully are equally important factors. The Honduras Water Project Team would like to share how they arrived at a cost-effective and technically viable temporary solution after multiple rounds of discussions about the various available options. And then how new local developments caused them to retrace their steps and redirect their energies towards the permanent solution.  
Joshua Knight Overview of Design and Implementation for Sanitation Programs  Learn the basics of how to carry out an EWB-USA latrine project. This presentation is intended to provide a broad overview of sanitation projects and how to ensure your latrine project is successful, from assessment to construction to project closeout. • Learn how to design a pit latrine.
• Gain understanding of sanitation program design and implementation.
• Learn how to work with the partner community to address sanitation issues through educational programs.
Sharon Kenny Phthalates: Endocrine Disruptors in Bottled Water  This presentation provides documented and compelling arguments concerning the impact of phthalates on human health as they migrate from food-contact plastics into our beverages.  The discussion will explain the role of this additive in plastic materials, the discovery of phthalates in water bottles made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and the toxicity of phthalates as endocrine disruptors. The presentation reviews the vectors and long term impacts of phthalates, including metabolic disorders, learning disabilities that include autism, and feminization of males.    
Pittsburgh Professional Potable water in Tingo Picara, Ecuador Members of the Pittsburgh Professional, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Pittsburgh chapters have been working to bring potable water to Tingo Pucará, Ecuador since 2008. Seven trips have sent numerous professionals and students into the fray, including Melissa Day, a CMU graduate student; Agnes Marszalik, a CMU undergraduate; Natalie Celmo and Quinn Killough, UPitt undergraduates; and Craig Johnston, a GAI Consultants, Inc. professional.  
David Sacco Presenting to the EWB-USA Technical Advisory Committee and Application Review Committee Processes TAC
This session will relate the TAC experience from a reviewer's perspective, and will attempt to identify some of the common strengths and weaknesses of projects, submissions and presentations that have come up for review by the Northeast TAC.  The session will also touch on the purpose of the TAC, the logistics of a TAC meeting and a few dos and don'ts for presenters.
This session will discuss the ARC (Assessment Review Committee) process for new program proposals.  Taking a reviewer's perspective, we will identify some of the common strengths and weaknesses of program and project submissions, both with and without sponsoring chapters.  We will also discuss the evolution of the ARC process and pending changes to the process and to the 501 and 502 forms.
• Learn about EWB project approval processes from the review committee’s perspective.
• Learn what makes a good EWB project.
• Learn presentation tips for future projects.
• Review past project presentations as case studies.
Uzair Shamsi Rampur, India This presentation will highlight unique aspects of the Rampur, India solar energy project. Most EWB project communities are small remote villages but this was for an inner city elementary school in a densely populated urban setting. This PV solar project was designed by a student chapter and installed by a local contractor. The contractor was selected using the conventional Request for Proposal (RFP) vendor selection process. The entire project (including study, design, and 3 trips to India) was finished in a record 2-year period and the installation was completed in a record time of three days. The solar system has been performing quite efficiently since it's installation in May 2012 and successfully meeting the electric power needs of the school. School's solar system worked well during the world's worst power grid failure in July 2012. In addition to uninterrupted school schedule, the solar system also shared the power with the neighbors after the school hours Project delivery: An alternate project delivery model using local contractors
Global urbanization: Conventional remote / rural projects vs. this inner city project
EWB in other countries: How is their mode of operation different from EWB-USA?
Lessons learned: Dos and don'ts of long distance international travel
Angelita Fasnacht‐Cuellar  Short to Long-Term Wat-San-Hygeine Program development    
Rosemary Powers Speaking EWB-USA Community Driven Approach EWB-USA has a community-driven approach to international development.   A community-driven approach provides a strong mechanism for long-term sustainability – The community maintains ownership of the project and is responsible for its long-term operation and maintenance.  In this presentation, we discuss how our language impacts the way we approach project work.  We will then be applying this to the EWB-USA projects.   1. To raise awareness of how language and messaging can support or undermine community development work
2. To convey understanding about the meaning of EWB-USA’s community driven development approach
3. To instruct how to apply community driven development concepts to EWB-USA programs/projects
4. To prepare how to share and promote community development language concepts with others
Caitlin Terry Sustainable Hand Pump Design: The Rope Pump Statistics show that tens of thousands of hand pumps are abandoned in Africa, essentially blocking clean water from the people who need it to survive.  Although different factors contribute to a pump failure, two key causes are lack of maintenance and repair.  In order to be able to maintain and repair a pump, the community needs to be able to access and afford the parts and material and understand the design. The rope pump is a very simple and economical design for water retrieval. The parts can be found in most remote villages and the fabrication is simple enough for non-technical individuals to accomplish.  • Expand knowledge of hand pumps.
• Learn factors contributing to hand pump failure.
• Learn about hand pump maintenance.
• Learn about hand pump repair.
Brittany Young The World Water Crisis, NGOs, and Hope This presentation will address the relationship between global water scarcity, poverty, and development. A Spring of Hope's work in rural South Africa will be highlighted as an example of local-level empowerment by means of working with the leadership of school administrations to improve the quality of life of students. Paying close attention to individual needs of schools and communities is vital to addressing poverty issues that affect children. In this discussion, the role of hope will be explored. Is hope a necessary capability to overcome poverty? If it is, what is the role of the NGO in increasing the capacity of people to hope and aspire?  • Learn about local-level empowerment.
• Analyze the relationship between global water scarcity, poverty, and development.
• Learn about the role of hope in development and sustainability.
• Learn how to assess developmental needs in communities.
Melissa Day Tingo Pucará: a tri-chapter water system case study The potable water system in Tingo Pucará serves an indigenous community of 100 people living in the Ecuadorean Andes, and is unique in both the daunting scale of its design and its extensive collaboration with in-country partners.  As a result, the tri-chapter efforts of the Pittsburgh Professional, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Pittsburgh Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapters that helped design the system were recognized with a 2012 EWB-USA Premier Project Award.  At first, however, the sheer scope of building a single-stage pumping system powered by grid energy over 900 meters of steep (< 37 degree slope), sandy mountain almost caused the project to be abandoned.  Instead, the strong in-country support, including the non-governmental organization HCJB, a local Peace Corps volunteer, funding from the local municipality and electrical utility, and prodigious effort from the community of Tingo Pucará, supported the project to completion.  Construction was not the only part of implementation; the chapter also had to navigate cultural expectations, develop an appropriate price point for household customers, and foster a water committee that could care for the system throughout its lifetime.  The success of this project will be detailed in terms of health and socioeconomic impact through monitoring surveys administered before and after project implementation.  With the installation of the water system, the EWB team aims to improve the community’s quality of life by reducing time spent gathering water and decreasing incidents of waterborne illness.  Finally, the water committee will provide project sustainability as the water system moves out of EWB domain; the process of forming a sufficiently robust group will be highlighted.  Only a projector / computer will be necessary."  
Carrie Kovarik Using Mobile Technology to Provide Specialty Care to Remote Communities in the Developing World  Throughout the developing world, inadequate access to physicians and subspecialty care are serious problems that telemedicine can help address. The new field of mobile telemedicine allows medical consultations to be submitted via mobile phone, enabling health care to reach rural areas of the developing world, where cell phone coverage extends beyond computer networks. I will describe how we have used mobile telemedicine to increase access to care in numerous specialty fields in Botswana, as well as to provide point of care information tools for practitioners in remote areas. I will also explain the role of local ownership and drive in creating a sustainable solution. • Explain the how mobile telemedicine is used in developing countries to improve access to specialty care
• Be able to differentiate the modalities for providing telemedicine, including Internet based and cellular based programs
• Learn to describe how local ownership and drive is key for sustainability of these programs
Gerard Jones  Water Distribution System Modeling This session will focus on optimization of a water supply distribution systems taking into consideration equal distribution of pressure and flow as well as cost. It is based on engineering fundamentals and demonstrates a mathematical modeling technique. • Learn how to design a water system.
• Learn to choose the best system for a particular environment.
Jordan Ermilio Water Supply Systems for Developing Communities This session will give an overview of the design considerations for a water supply project and will include an overview of different infrastructure and systems components for a gravity driven water networks as well as supply and demand criteria used in determining design flow rates. • Learn how to design a water system.
• Learn to choose the best system for a particular environment.
 Cassie ThielWhat EWB-USA Means to MeThis session will begin with a group discussion on our personal EWB-USA experiences.  We will then develop our goals for continued work with EWB-USA using tools such as written personal mission statements. We will also brainstorm, as a group, how we envision the future of EWB-USA. 
Ethan LaRochelle Why Do We Need A Mentor? This presentation will look at the importance of having multiple mentors in your line-up. It will also cover some resources that available to find professionals willing to act as mentors. • Learn what mentors do.
• Learn why multiple mentors are important.
• Learn how to find professional mentors (as a chapter).