Rashmi Rajendran, Year 5 – Electrical and Biomedical Engineering
Hi Everyone! My name is Rashmi and I am very excited to work alongside Neha as Co-President for the upcoming year. I have been involved with EWB for the past 3 years and have enjoyed every moment of it! I have always been a strong advocate for community investment as I have seen for myself how much impact it can have on an individual. To this day, my mother tells me stories of my father’s childhood and how he worked hard to educate himself despite his family’s financial struggles. Who I am today and the life that I live is a testament to the degree of impact community investment can make. This is what inspires me and motivates me to create change within my community. I hope that through my involvement, I can better understand how to use my engineering degree to create more thoughtful and meaningful change – ・We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything, with nothing.・
Neha Malhotra, Year X, Health Sciences
VP Programming and Administration
- Affan Rehman, Year 4 – Chemical Engineering
- Ayza Alam, Year 3 – Chemical and Bioengineering
EWB is committed to addressing global inequality and building a more sustainable world. EWB believes that a strong social change can be brought about by committing, dreaming big and working hard and these are the values that I want to take away from my university experience. Even though I have only been a part of EWB for a few months I have learned so much. Being a part of EWB has taught me that even the smallest of actions can make a huge difference in someone’s life. I joined the fundraising team because knowing that the events we organize are raising funds for ventures that are dedicated to improving lives of people motivated me to work harder and continue to be a part of this amazing organization.
VP National and International Development Policy
- Annie Yu, Year 3 – Health Sciences
I have always been motivated by EWB’s goal of tackling systemic causes of poverty. I constantly learn from the passionate individuals that I meet through the chapter and I cherish the support that our members have given me. By working closely with the advocacy team, I hope to further share my fervor for sustainable development with the McMaster community. On a global scale, I aim to create education opportunities that empower people to enact change in their local communities.
VP Member and Community Engagement
- Husain Tapia, Year 3 – Chemical and Bioengineering
EWB helps to make me a more human engineer. I feel that in the numbers and equations sometimes we lose sight of the people whose lives we hope to impact ! EWB helps remind me that at the end of the day all our work is for our stakeholders and our duty to try to address their problems to better serve or communities.
VP Food Systems and Poverty
- Francesco Vito, Year 4 – Chemical and Bioengineering
EWB’s values align with my overall life goal of using my skills and education to make a positive and systemic difference in the world. The ability to make systemic change, is the main aspect I think of when thinking about EWB. Systemic change is permanent, and therefore is what one should strive for when trying to make a change. Through the skills one learns at university, whether that be through course work or the clubs you’ve joined, I believe one can have the critical thinking it takes to make permanent change. EWB is a classic example of a club that teaches you these values, and what I learned here I’ll take with me throughout my career after university.
VP Evolving Engineering
- Maria Tauqir, Year 1 – Undergraduate M.D
My personal ideals align with EWB’s in aiming to eradicate global poverty through systemic change by interdisciplinary collaboration. It is this potential to make a difference in my local and global community through exciting collaboration that inspires my continuous involvement in EWB.
- Lina Kabbani, Year 4 – Electrical Engineering
I have been a part of EWB for the past two years and I have grown to know a lot of amazing individuals and work alongside with them.
Through the EWB McMaster Chapter, I was able to better understand the world around me, be aware of the problems that exist within our society and work with like-minded individuals to try and come up with solutions.
Meeting with people who have the passion to go out of their way to help the others and advocate for what they believe in had a great influence on me and helped me be the person I am today.
Director of Global Engineering Certificate
- Sa’ida Shdaifat, Year 2 – Chemical Engineering
Since I came to McMaster from a school for talented students that focuses on extracurricular activities, the importance of practical work, and linking academics to the real world, I struggled a lot with accepting the emphasis on academics only. However, when I heard about EWB and GE certificate I realized that there are organizations and clubs on campus that have the same goals as my old high school and are trying to create change in linking academics to global issues. I then realized that in order to create change in universities, one should not just complain about the situation but do something about it, and that is what motivates me to contribute to EWB.
Director of Youth Engagement
- Kerianne Hagan, Year 4 – Civil Engineering and Society
A great deal of Engineering is about problem solving- the technical solution to a given problem. Engineers without Borders has allowed my to see what the problem is and how it is affecting people. It has also given me a deeper understanding of how the solutions can impact people too. I have always loved giving my time to a worthy cause and getting that feeling that you have given a part of yourself, not expecting to get anything in return. The thing is you always get something in return. You get that feeling, you get new friends, new experiences and you have made your world a better place.
Director of Multimedia
- Roshan Bashar, Year 3 – Mechanical Engineering
EWB inspires me to think about the bigger picture in the work that I do and to think about how my actions in the future will impact others. In joining EWB I’ve worked with like-minded, inspiring people who help me to consider different ways of thinking which will help me to consider others in my daily life. I admire the passion of EWB-ers and they inspire the same in me. I hope that I can make a positive difference in my community and globally using what I’ve learned in EWB and I hope that someday I can inspire others to do the same.
Co-Director of Global Engineering Outreach
- Suban Sri, Year 2 – Mechatronics Engineering with Management
Engineers Without Borders aims to develop global engineers, who imagine and create change in the world. Global engineers adopt a broad view on complex issues thoughtfully and with an open mind. As a global engineer, I hope to take away this sense of social responsibility into my career as an engineer. EWB conducts some very interesting initiatives such as the Junior Fellowship program which are inspiring as to how we all can make a great impact not only in our local communities but globally as well as engineers. I hope to graduate from McMaster as a more cognizant and conscientious engineer from my involvement with MacEWB.
Co-Director of Global Engineering Outreach
- Amim Hasan, Year 3 – Chemical Engineering and Society
Many of EWB’s values align with what I am trying to achieve as a McMaster student. In the years to come I hope that I can have a positive impact on those around me and the McMaster community in general. I want to be challenged, as well as challenge others. Along with my fellow McMaster students I want address issues that need to be addressed, and act appropriately to ensure that the necessary changes occur. It doesn’t matter whether it this is done on a small or large scale, as long the change has a lasting positive impact. Engineers Without Borders is an organization that strives to create lasting systematic change. I am proud share many values with and be an active member of this organization.
Director of Advocacy
- Rachel Pan, Year 3 – Health Sciences
I’ve always been interested in global issues and social inequalities, and how we are able to create sustainable change. EWB’s focus on long lasting and community based programs greatly aligned with my principles, and I think it’s basis in innovation is something that I very much admire. I think I really wanted to branch out of the “academic ivory tower” and experience real issues and change. At the same time, I want to be involved in change itself, not just be told about it – and I see EWB as the perfect avenue in which to do that – as its the perfect mix between actionable changes and more abstract thoughts to address more long term perhaps “unrealistic and ideologic” goals.
Director of Internal & External Communications
- Jameel Amer, Year 3 – Honours Political Science
The values that I feel are apparent within the EWB chapter is that of selflessness and generosity. These are values which I believe are very applicable to me and I believe that I would be a perfect fit within the organization. My end goals in life are to become a lawyer, whether that be to specialize in international law or environmental law, the major quality visible in both professions is clearly evident within the EWB message of helping those that are unable to have that open access to life’s essential requirements.
Co-Director of Advocacy
- Sehaz Dayal, Year 4 – Electrical and Biomedical Engineering
Hi there! My name is Sehaz Dayal and I am the Co-Director of Advocacy Events for the EWB McMaster Chapter. I have been a part of EWB’s Advocacy Team for the past two years as a member and as a Director of Engagement. I’ve met some amazing friends and leaders who have inspired me continuously, and I’ve had inspiring and eye-opening discussions about the importance of effective and sustainable foreign aid. This year I hope to further spread and raise awareness surrounding the topic of foreign aid and sustainable economic development to future leaders, policy makers, scientists and teachers that McMaster has to offer. I hope to pass on the passion and motivation to make inspiring change in the world to future EWB leaders as the previous leaders have done to me. Feel free to contact me about anything EWB or engineering related at email@example.com.
Global Engineering Conference Co-Director
- Jordan Hebbert, Year 5 – Electrical Engineering and Statistics
EWB is an incredible organization aimed at make differences locally and globally to better the lives of others. I went into engineering for the same reason. To make a difference. I hope I can do that throughout my final year.
Director of Fair Trade
- Myla Manser, Year 4 – Chemical and Bioengineering
Hi there, my name is Myla. I am very passionate about the mission of Engineers Without Borders and in particular, the goals of the Fair Trade initiative. I believe that as an organization we have the potential to not only have a substantial positive impact within the McMaster community but also on the global scale. International agriculture and the ethical treatment of farmers is a movement that is very close to my heart and I believe that working towards attaining fair trade certification at McMaster is an important goal for the near future.
Co-Director of Sustainability
- Carlita Velastegui, Year 4 – Kinesiology
Co-Director of Sustainability
- Jessica Patel, Year 3 – Chemical Engineering
Hi everyone! I am super excited to be a part of EWB this year as a Co-Director of Sustainability. My hope is that this year is fun, productive and that we all learn a lot along the way. I’m excited to bring more sustainability related projects to the EWB table and share them with everyone!