EWB-12

Priti Kantesaria

Tanzania Project Co-Lead

Industrial and Systems Engineer: 2020

2 years in EWB, Tanzania Project

Other Involvement: Engineering Governing Council, Rutgers No More, Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Top Soccer and Institute for Domestic and International Affairs

Favorite Color: Yellow

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Coffee

Favorite Quote: “And this I believe: that the free, exploring mind of the individual human is the most valuable thing in the world. And this I would fight for: the freedom of the mind to take any direction it wishes, undirected.” – John Steinbeck

Why did you join EWB?

As a Model United Nations delegate in high school, I often cited Engineers Without Borders as a potential NGO resource, especially whenever there was infrastructure development needed. EWB seemed like a catch-all solution for development around the globe, and that thought stuck with me all the way to college. I was enamored with the idea of actually being able to join this organization and work alongside communities across the globe, rather than just writing it down as a potential solution.

Why did you stay?

There are little milestones that occur so randomly and frequently throughout the project, that makes our work so rewarding. Getting a favorable response from KAVIWASU or just getting improved on a report sent to HQ is such an enlightening feeling. It really builds up the feeling of satisfaction that accompanies being able to work with and learn with people around the globe as well as within our own chapter. EWB was a big opportunity for me to get involved last year, and as I put more into it, the more I was able to help out in the chapter and in the project and it really helped me see another side to serving communities around the world and it put a few things in perspective.

How has EWB helped you?

EWB allowed me to get involved so much, even as a freshman. I was able to lead a subcommittee and present our poster at a regional conference. That to me, signaled a boost in confidence. It was a chance to actually share information about something I was passionate about and I grew as a leader as I gained more opportunities to show my passion. EWB is not only an opportunity, but an endless stream of opportunities and I cannot wait to continue to continue to put forth my best effort into this organization that means so much to me!