Engineers Without Borders USA’s Engineering Service Corps (ESC) Project Coordinator, Julia Slusarz, is a heights-fearing rock climber who loves hiking with her dog. In the office, she focuses her energy on connecting our most seasoned volunteers with ESC projects across the globe.
How did you first learn about and get involved with EWB-USA?
Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) were a focus area of mine during graduate school. After doing some research, I discovered that EWB-USA was playing a crucial role in WASH within the international development sector. I applied for an internship with ESC and began interning in the summer of 2017. ESC is a fast-growing program, and I was fortunate to transition my internship into a full-time position with EWB-USA this January.
Tell us about your new role here! Who will you interact with and impact the most?
As the ESC Project Coordinator, I will be connecting our partner NGOs to our most skilled volunteers to fill engineering gaps and build engineering capacity in various locations across the globe.
What part of your job are you most excited about and why?
I am most excited about the opportunity that exists to help our partners implement sustainable programs that solve development challenges.
What’s the most unique/interesting/impactful engineering project you have helped implement?
The project that stands out is our ongoing work with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in the hurricane-ravaged island of Dominica. This project presents a unique opportunity to work closely with UNDP and the government of Dominica to support disaster recovery efforts that will improve Dominica’s preparation for future natural disasters.
What does “engineering change” mean to you?
For me, engineering change means transforming systems to be sustainable and contextually appropriate for our partner communities, equipping them to gain agency and flourish.
How do you spend your free time?
When I’m not in the office, I spend my free time hiking with my dog, cycling, eating my way through Denver, reading, and attempting to get over my fear of heights while rock climbing.