It all began on a long van ride in the Philippines after finishing an elementary school construction project at a barangay outside of Calbayog. We were both volunteering for the summer on a humanitarian mission as water quality engineers. We started thinking of all the various projects that have failed within the field and what the causes were. We discussed at length international development and got aggravated because most of the reasons projects were failing all had very simple solutions. We kept saying, “I would never let that happen.” With this passion we daydreamed about all the projects we wanted to participate in and how we could make a positive impact.
We are both very busy women, Monique is a graduate student working on her second Master’s program with two jobs at her university and for the DoD in Hawaii and Ariel just landed a project management position in D.C. for a non-profit. So how could we both keep motivated and make a contribution with what little time we have left? THIS IS IT!
This blog is going to show both of our personalities: Ariel is technical and loves all the latest engineering innovations; Monique combines culture and community into engineering with an artsy twist. The objective of this blog is to try to shrink all of the amazing projects, inspirations, lessons, and goals people have and are doing all around the world either from an environmental engineering firm’s perspective in Portland to the humanitarian worker making clay filters in Africa. It’s a one stop blog of what is goin’ on in the world of WATER!