A Focus on International Development

Hello, my name is Marcel, and I’m a junior Mechanical Engineering student at RHIT.  I’m one of the TEDx Rose-Hulman event organizers, but i’m also the project manager of Rose-Hulman’s Engineers Without Borders’ current project in the Dominican Republic.  For me, it has been incredibly eye-opening to see such extreme poverty so close to the country we live in (the DR is just south of Florida!).  Engineers Without Borders focuses on community-driven development programs and works to design and implement sustainable engineering projects in developing countries.  Our Rose-Hulman chapter has already completed three monumental projects in the Dominican Republic – a medical clinic roof, a septic system for the clinic, and community latrines for a nearby village.  More information about our organization can be found at our EWB webpage: http://www.rose-hulman.edu/ewb/

Throughout my time here at Rose-Hulman, seeing the hard work of other EWB members, our partners, and members of the local community that are involved in our projects has inspired me to strive towards more audacious goals for our organization.  This summer, we’ll be starting a new program in Ghana, which marks the beginning of a 5-year partnership with a local Non-Governmental Organization called the Gomoa Gyaman Youth Association.  I hope that as we continue to reach out to communities that need our help, our members continue to inspire others to do great work, just as I was inspired when I first joined.

Looking forward to May 10th, 2013!

-Marcel Snijder