Meet the Team


Sierra Leone Project Co-Manager - Ben Liu '15

Ben is a junior from West Windsor, NJ, majoring in chemistry and pursuing a certificate in teacher preparation. Since the beginning of freshman year, he as been a part of the Sierra Leone team, specializing in the technical aspects of the project. Outside of EWB, he is involved in the Princeton University Chemical Society, archery team and volunteers at Princeton Medical Center. He also loves to ski and tries his very best to avoid wipe outs during ski races (with varying degrees of success).

Sierra Leone Project Co-Manager - Frances Lu '16

Frances Lu is a sophomore in the Operations Research and Financial Engineering department. She is from the beautiful beach town of Wilmington, North Carolina. Frances joined the Sierra Leone team during her freshman year as part of the Grant Writing subteam, where she was the Head of Grants. Outside of EWB, she is on the Student Volunteers Council Executive Board and a member of Princeton Business Volunteers. She loves photography and listening to music in her free time.

Sierra Leone Project Mentor - Abdulai Fofanah

Abdulai Fofanah is a Principal Engineer with over 15 years of water resources engineering experience. He has been employed at the Louis Berger Group, Inc., since 2001. He worked for two years (1996-1998) as a Regional Manager/Engineer for the Sierra Leone Water Company, Sierra Leone. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master’s degree in Water Resources Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of NJ, NY, CT and DE. He is a certified Diplomate, Water Resources Engineer (D.WRE). He is also a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM). His hobbies include helping others, reading and travelling.

Will Jankowski '16  

Will, a sophomore from Wilton, CT, is majoring in Operations Research and Financial Engineering and hopes to pursue a certificate in the Princeton Program in Values and Public Life. In addition to working to maintain strong community relationships for the Sierra Leone project team, he sings the part of baritone and holds the position of Tour Manager in Princeton’s signature all-male a cappella group, the Tigertones. Will’s additional interests include passionately debating the merits of short-order cooking, staring at passing clouds, and eating.


Dee Luo '16

Dee Luo is a sophomore from the quaint town of Brookfield, Wisconsin. She is currently studying Operations Research and Financial Engineering and pursuing a certificate in Applications of Computing. She joined the Sierra Leone team her freshman fall and has enjoyed working with the team since then. Outside of classes and EWB, Dee enjoys volunteering with the Pace Center and teaching swim lessons with the University’s Aquatics Program. She also loves a good cup of tea paired with a book or re-runs of Gilmore Girls

Jason Qin '16

Jason is a sophomore Chemical and Biological Engineering major, with potential certificates in Applications of Computing and Engineering and Management Systems. Born in China and raised in Ohio, he now lives in Westfield, New Jersey. He joined the Sierra Leone team as a sophomore, and hasn’t looked back since. Outside of EWB, he will be an RCA in the 2014-2015 year for Rocky, and enjoys reading, running, and playing the violin.

Jordan Shivers '16

Jordan is a sophomore in the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department from the gorgeous, thriving metropolis that is Beaumont, Texas. He joined the Sierra Leone team during freshman fall as a member of the technical team, and has spent most of his sophomore year trying to make grant subteam leader Jason Qin's life difficult. Outside of EWB, he also serves as the vice president of AIChE. He enjoys running, eating, Parks and Rec, and slaving over problem sets.

Julia Wilcots '16

Julia Wilcots is a sophomore from Madison, Wisconsin majoring in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She joined the Sierra Leone team fall of her freshman year and became a co-leader of the technical subteam this fall. Outside of EWB, she is president of the Princeton women’s club soccer team and a member of Mathey College Council. Julia also likes to bike, rock climb, listen to country music, and watch the Food Network.