Meet the Team

The Dominican Republic team has two Co-Project Managers responsible for managing the team and ensuring the project runs smoothly. They oversee the entire project in addition to creating a yearly budget, managing the website and Facebook page, applying for grants, fundraising, and planning all the logistics required to travel. This could not be achieved without the support of an incredibly dedicated team that helps with EWB-USA paperwork, grants, fundraising, and technical design among other projects.

Within the Dominican Republic team, there are two different sub-teams that focus on different aspects of the project:

  • Documentation Team: the documentation team leads the team in preliminary technical analysis of the project at hand. They research technical methods for assessment and implementation of water systems and head the effort to put together EWB documents – a required step by EWB-USA to ensure the design, implementation, assessment mechanisms, and monitoring mechanisms have been thoroughly thought through. Currently, the team is working on the 521, the pre-assessment trip document, considering how water testing, elevation profiles, and other metrics can be used to design a water system.
  • Outreach Team: outreach has several responsibilities, ranging from designing recruitment and fundraising materials to grant writing and cultural education. The Outreach Team has undertaken activities such as creating a webpage and Facebook page, producing a video from the team’s last trip into the community, and finding corporate sponsors and writing grants to fund the program.


Alex Byrnes '18 | Co-Project Manager
Major: Chemical and Biological Engineering
I am a junior from Allentown, NJ and am pursuing a degree in chemical and biological engineering. I joined in the very early stages of the Dominican Republic project during the spring of 2015 and currently focus on the technical parts of the project. When not working on EWB, I am a member of varsity sprint football, and also enjoy running!
Eric Qiu '18 | Co-Project Manager
Major: Chemical and Biological Engineering
Hailing from Columbus, OH, Eric Qiu is a junior majoring in Chemical and Biological Engineering and pursuing a certificate in Sustainable Energy. He joined EWB as a freshman and became the Documentation subteam leader of the Dominican Republic Team during his sophomore year. Now, he is excited to lead the team as Project Manager. Outside of EWB, Eric is on E-Council, serves as an Engineering Interactor, and enjoys watching college football and cop dramas.
Team Members:
Kristy Yeung '18
Major: Computer Science
Kristy joined the Dominican Republic team her Sophomore year. She had the great opportunity to travel with the team to El Cajuil this past summer for the assessment trip. After seeing the community and engaging with its members, she couldn't be more excited for the next stage of the project!
Samuel Miller '18
Major: Electrical Engineering
While I'm an electrical engineering major, my studies primarily consist of software engineering--but I also enjoy math, physics, and trying to make the world a better place.
John Van Orden '18
Major: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
I’m from a little town in New Jersey that is sandwiched between the Atlantic Ocean to east and the Pine Barrens to the west. Every since I was a child I occupied myself with day dreams of flying which ultimately led to studying mechanical and aerospace engineering at Princeton University. When my head isn’t in the clouds, I like to spend time juggling and working on projects to make the world a better place.
Leif Fredericks '18
Major: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
I am from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, which is where I got interested in the outdoors. I grew up exploring the woods, so the hands-on nature of engineering has always appealed to me. My engineering courses at Princeton have convinced me that I chose the right major. I am excited about EWB as a way to gain experience while helping a community.
Nathaniel Ji '18
Major: Chemical and Biological Engineering
As a socially aware student, helping people and the natural world around me is something I take great joy in. As such, Engineers Without Borders is something that allows me to apply my studies towards a positive and rewarding impact. Academically, I enjoy research and actively participate in on-campus lab-work. In the future, I hope to give back to my community, particularly my home state of Arkansas which has struggled with academic achievement.
Hanna Berhane '19
Major: Civil and Environmental Engineering
I was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, but currently live in the Maryland. I am studying Civil and Environmental Engineering and thinking about pursuing the Global Health Policy certificate. I am interested in education and am involved with different organizations that work on college access. I am also interested in sustainable global development and hope to work on improving food and water security and infrastructure access in underdeveloped areas of the world. In my free time, I enjoy photography, sketching, and reading.
Nicholas Callegari '20
Major: Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
I joined the Engineers Without Borders Dominican Republic team because I felt that through this team I can have the greatest impact on a community in need. I love to go out of my way to help others; I feel that this is one of my purposes in life. With that said, I know that what we are doing here will help make an impact and change people’s lives for the better. I also enjoy interacting with and meeting new people, as there is so much to learn from others. This is one of the reasons why I chose to be one of the community relations sub team leaders, as I felt that my passion could extend over to others on the sub team. Other fun facts: - I am originally from Deltona, FL. - I am a passionate surfer and a dedicated Wing Chun practitioner. - I have a twin brother who is currently a part of Princeton’s Bridge Year in Senegal.
Dale Lee '20
Major: Undeclared
I am a potential Operations Research and Financial Engineering major from California. I'm incredibly excited to be a part of EWB, and I look forward to communicating with the community in El Cajuil and learning more about sustainability and water systems.
Khanh Kim Vu '20
Major: Computer Science
Khanh Vu is a first-year student planning to study BSE Computer Science. She comes from (and still lives in) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, but she went to high school at Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, CT. She strives to learn more about development and sustainability to help those in need all around the world, including those of her own country. She likes to spend her free time reading, playing piano, and eating. At Princeton, she is involved in club frisbee, Innovation - a scientific writing journal, and Global Development Network.
Katherine Wang '20
Major: Computer Science
Premedical student. New journalist. Community builder.
Alexander Bechtold '20
Major: Chemical and Biological Engineering
I am looking forward to having the opportunity to help the people of El Cajuil in the Dominican Republic. I have heard a lot of great things about EWB and am honored to be part of the team. It will be a great experience to plan and use engineering knowledge to help provide people with the basic necessity of a clean and reliable source of water.
Madison Manning '20
Major: Chemical and Biological Engineering
I am very excited to begin my work with Engineers Without Borders. It is such an honor to be able to help people obtain access to basic necessities such as clean water. I look forward to learning about engineering in an applied setting and broadening my educational and cultural experiences.
Melissa Fan '20
Major: Undeclared
I'm a prospective Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering major. EWB is a great way for me to apply my engineering knowledge to the real world while also making a positive difference in communities. I look forward to collaborating with my team members and learning more about the project!
Wenjuan Du '20
Major: Molecular Biology
Wen is planning to major in Molecular Biology with certificates in Neuroscience and Global Health Policy. She is interested in improving the quality of life of people around the world. Beside EWB, she is also involved in ultimate frisbee, SPEAR (Students for Prison Education and Reform), and SIFP. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, listening to Bohemian Rhapsody on repeat, and hiking with my dog.
Shiye Su '20
Major: Undeclared
I am a prospective Physics or Computer Science major from Australia. I'm excited about using science to improve the lives of others and the opportunity to address the important issues of sustainability and water access through EWB. I look forward to working with the team on the El Cajuil project and making a positive difference in the global community!