Engineers Without Borders USA’s Engineering Service Corps (ESC) Senior Program Manager, Kevin Andrezejewski, is an outdoor explorer who enjoys fishing, hiking, skiing and beyond. In the office, he focuses his energy on overseeing ESC projects around the world while cultivating lasting program partnerships.
How did you first learn about and get involved with EWB-USA?
I first became involved with EWB-USA’s Engineering Service Corps during my previous job at iDE. Together, EWB-USA and iDE co-managed a design project in Mozambique for a post-harvest storage solution called the Crop Cooler. Because of this experience, I was exposed to the dedication and level of expertise of EWB-USA’s members. The team not only provided top-notch engineering, but showed a deep understanding of the importance of culturally appropriate design.
Tell us about your role here! Who will you interact with and impact the most?
During a career pivot, I took on a volunteer role for EWB-USA managing a USAID Farmer-to-Farmer program in Kosovo. From there, I came on full-time in the EWB-USA HQ office managing projects for ESC. These projects support other NGOs, agencies and government entities by providing engineering services. As ESC has grown as a program, my role has evolved to the Senior Program Manager position, which includes managing multiple projects, cultivating partnerships and supporting the development of ESC as a program.
What part of your job are you most excited about and why?
I am fortunate to interact with people from around the world. It excites me to learn about unique cultural norms and traditions. Understanding these differences has given me insight on being mindful of the tailored approaches that need to be taken when developing a project.
What’s the most unique/interesting/impactful engineering project you have helped implement?
Did you know that in the United States we put fluoride in our water system for health benefits? In some places around the world, fluoride is natural and can appear at levels that are not safe to drink. Through an IKEA Foundation-funded project, ESC is collaborating with Clinton Health Access Initiative in Madhya Pradesh, India, to pilot a water technology that uses nano-filtration to remove these harmful levels of fluoride.
What does “engineering change” mean to you?
For me, engineering change means understanding what is appropriate for the community and strengthening local capacity in order to make the solution sustainable.
How do you spend your free time?
When I’m not in the office, I spend my time hiking, biking, running, fishing and skiing throughout the Rocky Mountains. This is typically followed by a great Colorado craft beer.