Announcing this Year’s EWB-USA Premier Award Winners!

EWB-USA is proud to announce this year’s Premier Awards, which recognize our volunteers who go above and beyond in service to our organization and our partner communities. In this three-part series, we will highlight the accomplishments of individuals, chapters and projects. Today, we recognize outstanding individuals. Keep reading to learn more about these amazing volunteers and their life-changing work with EWB-USA.

The Peter J. Bosscher Award: Christopher Lombardo

Christopher_LombardoThe Peter J. Bosscher Award recognizes faculty advisors who provide outstanding leadership and mentorship to their student chapter. This award commemorates the late Peter J. Bosscher, an EWB-USA faculty advisor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an active member of EWB-USA.

As the faculty advisor of the EWB-USA Harvard University chapter, Christopher Lombardo has made a commitment to fostering students’ skills and passion for engineering and service. Chris provides an enriching environment where students can apply their education to humanitarian issues while being challenged to think critically and creatively in leadership roles. His 11 years of experience with EWB-USA and dedication to the organization’s mission has equipped him to mentor students and serve the broader community, as exemplified by his roles in EWB-USA’s Faculty Leadership Committee and Energy Standing Content Committee.


EWB-USA Professional Founder’s Award: Bruce NiemanBruce Nieman

The EWB-USA Professional Founders Award recognizes individual volunteers who exhibit outstanding leadership in their regions, chapters and/or project teams. By fostering responsible leadership with other volunteers, chapters and partnering communities, these individuals are supporting partner communities in meeting their basic human needs.

Since joining EWB-USA seven years ago, Bruce Nieman has become known for his dedication to the work and processes of EWB-USA. Bruce provides support throughout the organization, serving as a Responsible Engineer in Charge and Project Lead at the chapter level and State Chapter Representative with Michigan student chapters at the regional level. Currently, Bruce serves on a number of EWB-USA committees, mentors the EWB-USA Northwestern University Chapter and is in the process of recruiting for a new committee focused on best practices in project management. Bruce continuously thinks outside the box to create new opportunities for people to get involved with EWB-USA, and is an invaluable addition to the organization.


It’s volunteers like Chris and Bruce that make EWB-USA’s mission possible. Thank you for your hard work, dedication, and leadership! Stay tuned for more award announcements.

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