Friday, November 7, 2008

SUNY Award

Congratulations to Binghamton University senior Kelsey Pieper of Rensselaer, NY, who has been selected as the Region II winner of the Student Initiative Award by the Association of Council Members and College Trustees of SUNY. Kelsey is studying mechanical engineering, and she is President of the Binghamton University chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Student members participate in international projects, as well as projects that benefit their own communities.

Kelsey was recognized for leading a team of over 100 volunteers in a major landscaping project she conceived to improve safety at a local nature preserve. Read the University's press release here to learn more: Nature Preserve Project Earns Student Award. The November 2007 stairway project was extensively documented in photos, which you can access here through the Binghamton EWB Chapter's web site.

Engineers Without Borders is a non-profit humanitarian organization that partners with developing communities worldwide, implementing sustainable engineering projects to improve quality of life. According to the EWB site, there seems to be an Albany, NY professional chapter in the development stage, so check it out if you want to get involved.