As a senior in civil engineering, Jordan Machtelinckx has long enjoyed the technical aspects of engineering which spur him to think; but, it’s the combination of applying engineering concepts to the social and cultural environment that really get him going. OSU’s Engineers Without Borders chapter is a great fit for people such as Jordan.

Last summer, Jordan, along with four other OSU students and a professional mentor travelled to Lela, in Western Kenya to carry out several key objectives: a) create a rain water catchment system, b) drill a well and c) build capacity within the community to maintain these new systems, which will provide numerous benefits, not the least of which is easy access to clean drinking water. If there’s one thing that Jordan has gained from his travel experiences, it’s patience…and to think before complaining. Another insight that Jordan has gained over the years, thanks in part to his family’s international background and his numerous international travels is, “When I don’t know where I belong, I can belong wherever I am.”

This April, the American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists awarded OSU’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders the first “Annual Student Team Project Award”. Jordan had the honor of accepting the award in Washington D.C. on behalf of the OSU chapter, his fellow students, faculty and supporters from OSU and the surrounding community who have played an integral role since the project’s inception in 2010.

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Jordan Machtelinckx is a senior civil engineering student and Education Abroad Ambassador with IDEA. Jordan hails from Portland, Oregon.