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Becky Svatos
Becky Svatos
Current President; First Chapter Vice President, Stanley Consultants
Becky received a BS in Civil Engineering in 1982 from the University of Iowa. She then worked for Corps of Engineers Omaha District for two years before earning her MS in Environmental Engineering in 1986 from the University of Texas at Austin. Since then, Becky has spent thirteen years with CH2M HILL in Florida and North Carolina before moving back to Iowa City where she grew up. Most recently, she has been with Stanley Consultants for sixteen years. Here is what she has to say about her involvement with EWB: "I have been part of the Iowa Chapter of EWB since the start. I was the first Vice President of the chapter. However, over all the years I had never traveled to El Salvador with our group until last May. My first trip there in May 2017 reinvigorated me, and I agreed to become the President of the chapter. I loved the people we met and am very impressed with the work that Mangle is doing. The way the communities have worked together to help each other and improve the environment is an example that we should be following in the US. I am looking forward to returning in February 2018 to continue our work. One of the things I love about our EWB chapter is working with students. Their excitement and enthusiasm remind me why I love engineering!"
Bailey Kelsay
Bailey Kelsay
Current Vice President, French-Reneker-Associates
Bailey graduated in 2017 from the University of Iowa with a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Although she entered college as a completely open major due to her variety of interests - outdoors and and environment, music, art, running, math, science - Bailey found that through engineering she could create positive change locally and globally while remaining involved in her other interests through marching band, symphony band, running club, art classes and more. On the engineering side of things, Bailey became involved in research early on, where she worked with nanomaterials, making filters to be used to remove contaminants from water. This research also lead to her participation in the Grand Challenge Scholarship Program. The program has five components: entrepreneurship, interdisciplinary studies, service learning, global involvement, and research toward one of engineering's fourteen grand challenges, and being a part of the local Engineers Without Borders chapter played a large role in completing the components. Bailey joined the Iowa Professional Chapter in 2015. Since joining, Bailey has traveled three times to El Salvador to work on water-related projects in multiple communities, and she is excited to continue her participation and travel as a professional engineer.

David Braun
David Braun
EWB Iowa Professional Chapter Member
David is currently a senior attending the University of Iowa, who is anticipating to graduate in Spring 2019 with a B.S in Civil Engineering. This summer he has been interning with HDR in their Des Moines, IA office. Within civil engineering David is focused on mostly Water Resources and International Development projects/work. He has been involved in the Iowa Professional EWB Chapter for the past three years and traveled to El Salvador with the group in May 2017. He hopes to be able to travel and work abroad with the group more in the future. In addition to his efforts with EWB, David has also studied abroad in India for four weeks, participating in a rural water poverty study in communities just south of the capital Delhi. He also is a proud member of the clarinet section in the Hawkeye Marching Band and President of the ASCE Student Chapter at the University of Iowa.
Emmy Moore
Emmy Moore
EWB Iowa Professional Chapter Member
Emmy is currently a fifth-year senior at the University of Iowa. She is studying Chemical Engineering with minors in Chemistry and Political Science, as well as a certificate in Sustainability. In addition to her studies, Emmy has been involved with EWB since January of 2016. She first traveled to El Salvador in 2017 and hopes to travel again in 2019. Stateside, she helps with grant applications and is involved in the local Mid-Prairie project. In her free time, Emmy enjoys running (sometimes), reading, hanging out with her dog Cooper, and napping.
Collin Corcoran
Collin Corcoran
EWB Iowa Professional Chapter Member, Nordex USA
Collin received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame and is currently working in wind energy. While Collin just started his involvement with the Iowa Professionals EWB chapter in 2018, he has already helped plan a water distribution center with the Chicago EWB chapter. Other than engineering, his interests include travel - he studied abroad in London as well as lived in Chile for eight months - reading non-fiction, health and longevity, and watching his favorite sports teams: Chelsea, ND football and basketball, NY Mets, and the NY Giants.
Cynthia Quast
Cynthia Quast
First Chapter President, Stanley Consultants
Cynthia is a founding member of the Iowa Professional's Chapter and was its first President. She has a BS from University of Minnesota in Civil Engineering, MS from Oklahoma State in Civil/Environmental and an MA from Viterbo University in Servant Leadership. She is mostly retired, but previously worked for Stanley Consultants. Cynthia went to El Salvador on an early assessment trip for the water storage tanks and to evaluate flood damage after major flooding of the Rio Lempa. She hopes to travel again in the near future.
Matthew McAndrew
Matthew McAndrew
EWB Iowa Professional Chapter Member, MB Water
Matthew is a compassionate scientist interested in preserving, protecting and conserving water. He graduated from University of Iowa with a B.S. in General Science; received his M.A. in Biology from University of Northern Iowa, and also attended Kirkwood Community College to receive an AAS in Water Environmental Technology. Currently, Matthew is developing a business - MB Water - for water quality monitoring. He is working to advise landowners and farmers in reduction of nutrient flow into Iowa’s surface water, analyze local ecosystems to help maintain the health of our aquatic ecology, and assist public water and wastewater management to comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements. While Matthew is a new member of the Iowa Professionals Chapter, he has experience teaching science in Honduras and has been a Watershed Manager for two watersheds.
Bob Smith
Bob Smith
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