Engineers Without Borders to host Professional Development Conference

April 3rd, 2018

Engineers Without Borders USA LogoThe University of Louisville Chapter of the Engineers Without Borders is hosting their third annual Professional Development Conference on Friday, April 20th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The conference will include guest speakers including Marianne Barnes, the Master Distiller at Castle&Key and a Chemical Engineering alumnus, as well as Congressman Thomas Massie, an engineer, inventor, and businessman.

The event serves both as an opportunity for professional engineers to come in and share their experiences and as a chance to network with industry professionals. Tickets range from $150 for Professional Engineers who can earn continuing education credits with their price of admission, to $12 for students.

As an organization, EWB is committed to helping providing humanitarian aid around the world, with the long term goal of implementing sustainable engineering design in developing communities. Their most recent project abroad involves the building of a bridge in the Osa peninsula of Costa Rica over the River Riyo Riyito

Former Eagle and Boy Scout John Ciaramitaro, the Chapter President, wants to make a difference. Drawn to the organization for the design opportunities, Ciaramitaro is eager to prove that not only can EWB lend a helping hand, but that he is ready and willing to work for it.

He says, “I wanted to help participate in helping organize the conference, because it can establish myself as someone who wants to work for it.”

Treasurer Lauren Reinersman is a first year Mechanical Engineering student and Governor’s Scholar alum. For Reinersman, who works with the philanthropic RaiseRed event as well, it was the service aspect of the organization that encouraged her participation.

“I knew if there was some way to combine engineering and service, I was all over it. It’s given me more leadership skills,” says Reinersman.

She adds of the organizations local efforts, “We’ve been able to work with local services like Project Warm. And we’re working on building outdoor playground equipment for cats and dogs in shelters.”

You can find more information about the event, which is located in Vogt Room 311, here. You can pre-register here.