Student Leaders and Members

Elizabeth Bender (’18)


Elizabeth is a senior studying Biomedical Engineering and this is her fourth, and sadly last, year in EWB. She traveled to Malawi in the summer of 2017 for an assessment trip and is excited about the progress of EWB’s projects in Malawi and Nicaragua. Outside of EWB, Elizabeth plays club lacrosse and conducts research in the biomedical engineering department.

Rory Buckman (’19)

Project Leader - Malawi

Rory is a junior studying civil engineering. He has been a member of EWB since his freshman year and is excited to help lead the project in Solomoni. He was part of the travel team to Malawi this past summer and when not determining the structural stability of trusses, he might be running with the Cross-Country team, cycling, or hiking.

Tom DePalma (’18)

Webmaster, Malawi

Tom is a senior studying biomedical engineering and this is is his fourth year in EWB.  He is a former travel team member and is extremely excited to design and implement our new project this year.  When Tom isn’t working on EWB projects, you can usually find running around campus or in Dewick Dining Hall.

Michelle Gee (’20)

Alumni Relations, Nicaragua

Michelle is a sophomore studying Chemical Engineering and has been a member of EWB since her freshman year. She enjoys stand up paddle boarding in her free time!

Zach Kirsch (’17)

Co-Treasurer, Malawi

Zach is a senior studying computer science and math and has been a member of EWB since his freshman year. He is excited for the upcoming year of improving water quality in Malawi and Nicaragua!

Vikram Krishnamachari (’19)

Vice President

Vikram is a sophomore studying mechanical engineering. He has been the Latin America project leader since January 2017. Outside of EWB, Vikram performs South Indian (Carnatic) music on the keyboard and serves as a Pantry Manager at the Centre Street Food Pantry. He is also an engineering tour guide for Tufts Admissions.

Javier Licardie (’19)

Co-Fundraising Chair: East Africa

Javier is a Junior studying Biochemistry and has been a member of EWB since his freshman year. He spends his free time reading, listening to podcasts, or playing quidditch.

Wei Han Lim (’19)

PMEL for Latin America

Wei Han is a junior majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in Spanish and was part of the travel team to Nicaragua in May 2017. He also serves as a Junior Class Representative for the Tufts chapter of AIChE and does electrochemistry research. In his free time, he reads, does graphic design, and see performances in Boston.

Jordan Lueck (’20)

Sophomore Rep, Malawi

Jordan is a sophomore studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in computer science. He’s been a member of Engineers Without Borders since his freshman year. He enjoys traveling, all things related to airplanes, and writing in his free time.

Trang Ngo (’19)

Co-Fundraising Chair; Latin America

Trang is a junior majoring in Chemical Engineering with an interest in the environment and clean energy technologies. She joined EWB because she wanted opportunities to apply her engineering skills into real-life projects and to make positive changes in global communities. In her free time, Trang enjoys listening to podcasts or playing board games.

Grace Polakoski (’18)

PMEL, East Africa

Grace is a senior studying Environmental Engineering and has been a member of EWB since her sophomore year. She is excited to be involved in the very beginnings of an EWB project and can’t wait to see what EWB accomplishes!

Jennifer Sohn (’19)

Co-Treasurer, Nicaragua

Jen is a junior biochemistry and pre-med student who was super excited to travel to Silvio Mayorga, Nicaragua in May 2017 to help begin the Tufts project in the community. Meeting community members has left her eager to get to work! Outside of EWB, Jen fights for the Tufts Taekwondo team, sings in choir, and does organic photochemistry research.

Morgan Strong (’20)

Morgan is a sophomore mechanical engineering student working towards a French minor. As a project leader since spring of freshman year and member since fall of freshman year, Morgan is looking forward to continuing to work in Solomoni with the members of the community. Outside of EWB, Morgan loves to read and sing and is part of the club lacrosse team.