Corrie Kavanaugh, 2017, Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Peru team of Engineers Without Borders – Princeton University has worked to provide clean water to the community of La Pitajaya, Peru since 2011. The water pipeline for the upper half of the community was completed in the summer of 2013. This summer, five Princeton students and I traveled to Peru to build a water pipeline to bring potable water to the lower half of the community, La Pitajaya Baja. We collaborated with professional engineers and local masons in order to implement the system design that we had created during the past academic year. Over the course of six weeks, our team completed this pipeline, successfully bringing clean water to all of La Pitajaya. We also made improvements to the existing system. During this trip I was able to practically apply the theoretical knowledge I learned in class to a real-world engineering application. It was amazing to see the technical designs that we had done during the school year come to life as we built this pipeline. This trip not only gave me practical experience in an engineering discipline, but it also gave me an appreciation for using the knowledge that I have gained at Princeton to make a meaningful difference in the lives of others.