The motto of the CJ STEMM program is, “Empowering students to serve the world.” While University of Dayton engineering students Craig Attenweiler ‘16 and Katrina Staker ‘13 didn’t attend CJ, they certainly know all about living out this philosophy.
Over the summer, Craig and Katrina each decided to use their engineering knowledge and expertise to assist the needy in South America and Asia through the university’s ETHOS cultural immersion program. CJ students are invited to come hear about their adventures this Tuesday, Sept. 9 during the next STEMM Idol Speaker presentation.
ETHOS stands for Engineers in Technical Humanitarian Opportunities of Service learning. The program was created by UD students, for UD students in 2001 to “take engineering curriculum beyond the classroom, even beyond this country,” according to www.udayton.edu. Participants have traveled to 19 different countries on 4 different continents to live, work, play, and problem-solve while experiencing a new culture. Students work in small teams made up of engineering majors in varying tracks of study.
Craig traveled to Cochabamba, Bolivia where he and two others engineered solar cookers, rocket stoves, and eco-toilets with CECAM, a Bolivian non-profit organization that develops ecological and social projects to benefit rural towns with few resources.
Meanwhile Katrina, who is pursuing a master’s degree in renewable and clean energy, teamed up with three fellow Flyers to build wind turbines in Auroville, India. They worked with MinVayu, a small wind energy company. Check out the group’s ETHOS 2014 blog to see and read more.
Craig and Katrina are the third representatives of the ETHOS program to share their service-learning experience with students as CJ STEMM Idol Speakers, and the first to return to the building since the 2011-12 school year.
Don’t miss this great opportunity to hear directly from young engineers heeding God's call to serve others!