Cole Freeman, 2014, Structural Engineering

Engineers Without Borders- Princeton University (EWB-PU) is a student run ­organization which partners with developing communities around the world to work on ­sustainable ­development projects. For the Ghana School Library Initiative, one project run by ­EWB-PU, members are designing and organizing the construction of a sustainable ­community library in the slums of Ashaiman, Ghana. In the Summer of 2011, ­EWB-PU sent 5 ­Princeton students to Ashaiman on a capstone implementation trip for the ­community library at the Evangelical Presbyterian Basic School. The summer’s work ­consisted of ­logistical planning, materials acquisition, and work force mobilization ­necessary for the successful completion of the structure as well as the development of an ­effective ­library management system for the donated books. In addition, members ­conducted ­necessary education and training programs with students and school staff in order to ensure the proper use and maintenance of the provided resources. In the end, over 7000 books and 37 “One Laptop Per Child” (OLPC) laptops were successfully deployed in the Achieving Greater Heights Community Library.