Engineers Without Borders was founded in 2002 with a simple goal: help small communities in the developing world meet basic infrastructure needs by connecting them with engineers with experience in those areas. Members collaborate with communities to find sustainable solutions for sanitation, water supply, agriculture, energy, and civil works.
The Boston chapter of EWB was created in 2005 to further this mission. We are a group of people from many different professions (no, you do not have to be an engineer to get involved with EWB!). Together, we strive to make the greater Boston area and the World a better, more sustainable place.
You can find the members of our current leadership team below. Please reach out to them individually via email or LinkedIn with questions or to get involved.
President, Roisin Floyd-O’Sullivan:
Roisin graduated from Northeastern in 2019 with a degree in Bioengineering. At Northeastern, she was heavily involved with EWB. She joined the Uganda Program in 2014 and served on the EBoard as PR and Recruitment Coordinator from 2015-2017. In 2017, she traveled to Bbanda, Uganda with EWB to help repair the leaking water storage tank and assess two new tap stands. She served as the Uganda Program Director for the following year and helped to start a new water distribution project in Uganda. She has been with EWB-BPC since graduating and looks forward to working with you all!
Vice President, Alyssa Stavola:
Alyssa has been a Director of Development for EWB-BPC since November 2019. She has a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University where she was involved in the student chapter of EWB. Currently, Alyssa is pursuing her PhD in Chemical Engineering also at Northeastern University. Her research is focused on zinc batteries for grid-scale energy storage as she believes that safer batteries are the best way to make alternative energy a reality.
Director of Development, Alice Aguiar: Alice graduated in Chemical Engineering and has a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG). This year, she completed her second master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University. In her research for both master’s degrees, Alice focused on sustainability and water treatment through the use of membrane separation processes. Prior to the master’s degree, Alice worked for three years with consulting in multidisciplinary engineering projects.
Treasurer, Charles Conley:
Charles joined the EWB-Boston Professional Chapter in 2014. As a new member, he became part of the project team for Water Purification in Honduras. This project, located in Guaimaca, consisted of a gravity distribution system to three adjacent villages totaling 39 households. Each household had a separate meter for billing purposes to ensure project sustainability. This project was completed in approximately five years and recognized by EWB-USA as one of its top projects.
Secretary, Bruce Jacobs, PE, PhD:
Bruce is currently employed as an adjunct faculty member at the Wentworth Institute of Technology. He has more than 30 years of engineering experience, addressing groundwater, surface water, water supply, and stormwater management projects. He founded and ran the environmental software company EI LLC and had previously worked for HydroAnalysis, Inc. and Camp Dresser & McKee International. He is currently President-Elect of the Boston Society of Civil Engineering and has served as chair of the BSCES Environmental Water Resources Institute. Bruce has three adult children and one not so grown-child and is most commonly known in the community as Cathy Jacobs’ husband.
Director of Communications, Catarina Mendes:
Catarina emigrated from Brazil to attend college in Boston and recently graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s in civil engineering and currently works as a BIM Specialist/Structural Designer at DESMAN Design Management. Prior to joining EWB-BPC, Catarina had attended a few meetings by the Boston University Chapter in the Spring of 2018 where she volunteered her drafting skills to aid in the design of a water catchment system. When she is not working or volunteering her time to EWB, Catarina loves traveling, catching up with friends and family, and staying active. You can often find her biking with her family or trying different brunch menus with her friends.
Membership Coordinator, Ryan Barrett: Ryan joined EWB-BPC in May 2015. Prior to that, he was a member of the EWB-University of Hartford Student Chapter and worked on projects for the community of Abhaypur, India. Ryan is a Boston native who graduated from the University of Hartford with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He currently works for Cytiva (formerly GE Healthcare) designing pharmaceutical equipment. He also has experience in designing control systems, and automation. Outside of work Ryan enjoys cooking, working on cars and practicing Capoeira.
Tanzania Program Manager, Barbara Piper: On her first visit to Tanzania in 2015, Barbara immediately fell in love with the beautiful country and its people and is fully committed to our partnerships with the communities of Mapinduzi, Mkutani and Chamhawi in the central region of Dodoma. She has a background in international business and finance and has been involved in a number of start-ups in the UK and US. She also has extensive R&D and Product Development experience in the medical device/pharmaceutical and electronics industries. Her academic credentials include a BS and MS in Polymer Science & Engineering with a specialization in biomedical applications of polymers and a MBA with a specialization in the Management of Technology and Innovation. She enjoys being outdoors (bicycling, hiking, kayaking and sailing) and traveling to all corners of the world.
Local Programs Manager, Cassandra Schwartz: A Florida native, Cassandra graduated from the University of South Florida in 2018 with a degree in Environmental Science and Policy. In Florida, she conducted research on the nexus of anthropogenic impact and marine biodiversity, contributed to the USA-National Phenology Network, and conducted environmental education outreach to children across Hillsborough County Public Schools. In April of 2019, she moved to Boston to serve the public as a physical scientist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her work at the agency encompasses a variety of programs, including industrial wastewater pretreatment, federal grants and cooperative agreements, and the Regional Tribal Program. In her spare time, Cassandra is a pianist who enjoys spending time outdoors, baking treats, and spending time with loved ones.
Chamhawi Water Supply Project Lead, Mike Stover:
Mike joined EWB-Boston Professional Chapter in March 2019 and currently leads the Chamhawi, Tanzania water project. He was previously a member of the EWB-Washington DC Professional Chapter working on a project in Santa Clara, El Salvador as a design engineer and team mentor from 2008-2013. Originally from southeastern Pennsylvania, Mike graduated from the University of Delaware in 1989 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, and from Cornell University in 1993 with a M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering. Since 2011, Mike has been detailed to the Environmental Protection Agency in Boston to serve as the Indian Program Manager and continues to work with the ten federally-recognized tribes in New England on critical environmental issues. He loves to do outdoor activities with his family and friends, like kayaking, hiking, camping, cycling, gardening and beekeeping. Mike also loves to travel with his family.
|Vice President||Alyssa Stavolaemail@example.com|
|Director of Development||Alice Aguiarfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Membership Coordinator||Ryan Barrettemail@example.com|
|Director of Communciations||Catarina Mendesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Local Program Manager||Cassandra Schwartzemail@example.com|
|Tanzania Program Manager||Barbara Piperfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Chamhawi Water Supply Lead||Mike Stoveremail@example.com|