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Kerry-Ann Hamilton
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Engineers Without Borders Students Receive $10,000 from Battelle

L-R Faculty Advisor Dr. John Tharakan, Ikenna Clark, Bianca Bailey, Walter Mobley, Tena Hunter and
Bobby V. Wilson, manager, Transportation Analysis and Systems Safety for Battelle.


WASHINGTON (March 11, 2010) – The Howard chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-HU) received a $10,000 donation from Battelle, a Virginia-based firm, for two projects in Salvador Bahia, Brazil and Choimim, Kenya.

EWB-HU entered into a 3-5 year partnership to renovate a cultural center in Brazil and to provide sustainable water in Kenya. These funds will help to defray the cost of the 2010 missions.

Bobby V. Wilson II (B.S. ’00) a product of the School of Engineering said he was proud to give back to his alma mater and to support the global initiatives undertaken by EWB-HU. “Battelle will continue to support your endeavors through our existing Team Battelle collaborative,” said Wilson, Transportation Analysisand Systems Safety for Battelle. " We hope this gift helps you as you continue to partner with developing communities to implement sustainable engineering projects, while involving and training interdisciplinary and engineering students.”

The check presentation included EWB-HU President Bianca Bailey, Interim Associate Dean Ramesh C. Chawla, Ph.D., EWB-HU faculty advisor John Tharakan, Ph.D. and members of the EWB-HU executive board and team project leads.

“As student organizations, we have a motto amongst ourselves which is ‘be the change you wish to see in the world,’” said Tena Hunter, Kenya project team lead. “We put in a lot of work, a lot of planning, a lot of dedication, but sometimes we need help from professionals and alumni like yourselves to bring our hard work to fruition. We want to thank you for your continued support both last year and this year.”


Battelle is the world largest independent research and development organization providing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses: Laboratory Management, National Security, Energy Technology, and Health and Life Sciences.

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