EWB-USA’s Program Engineer, Eric Lundborg, is an art collector with a love for traveling. In the office, he focuses his energy on ensuring the safety and quality of EWB-USA projects around the world!
How did you first learn about and get involved with EWB-USA?
I first got involved with EWB-USA while working at a consulting firm. I attended several meetings with the EWB-USA Denver Professional Chapter, learning about upcoming projects and helping with project fundraising efforts. I appreciate the vision of the organization and find it a great way to use my engineering skills. I am very excited to be much more hands-on in assisting chapters to get projects reviewed and implemented.
Tell us about your new role here! Who will you interact with and impact the most?
I will be working as a program engineer, reviewing project plans from EWB-USA chapters and coordinating reviews by the external International Community Program review team. I take safety very seriously and look forward to working with chapters to prepare to safely implement their projects.
What part of your job are you most excited about and why?
I am eager to learn from our talented reviewers and chapters who are developing innovative ideas in partnership with communities around the world. The collection of volunteers that have come together around the shared EWB-USA vision are capable of great change.
What’s the most unique/interesting/impactful engineering project you have helped implement?
I was involved in a unique design process for the remediation of a mine waste pile. The project focused on attenuating rainwater flows by separating and storing rainwater to limit the peak flows that came off of the impoundment. This design limited the impacts and risks on downstream communities.
What does “engineering change” mean to you?
It represents taking a thoughtful look at the problems facing the world and using data collection and analysis to develop a solution. I think that engineers approach change-making differently than other groups because we begin with the data and not the solution.
How do you spend your free time?
I love spending time here in Colorado with my wife and traveling around the world. I also am an art collector and admirer; I love going to art museums and galleries. I like quilting and reading in the winter and gardening and hiking in the summer. And you can often find me at a concert for just about any type of music.