Rahul KathardRahul Kathard – President
Junior – Biomedical Engineering, minor in Spanish

Hey there! I’ve been a part of EWB local projects since my freshman year because it allows one to get immediate hands on experience with engineering matters within the local community. I have also served as President since my sophomore year. I look forward to being able to practice some basic yet crucial skills through all of our easily accessible projects and workshops!


MichelleMichelle Lishner – Vice President of Chapter Development
Junior- Materials Science and Engineering: Nanomaterials concentration

Hello! My name is Michelle Lishner and I am the Vice President of NCSU’s Engineers Without Borders chapter. I am truly passionate about taking care of our planet and the people on it. Engineers Without Borders and I’s goal for future is parallel: to ensure that all people have their basic human needs met using sustainable technology. To me, the marriage between creating direct engineering solutions and helping people around the globe is quite romantic and thanks to Engineers Without Borders I am able to do just that. I am looking forward to collaborating with bright minds to expand our chapter and mission!

Project Leads

JohnJohn Merrill – Sierra Leone Water Systems
Junior – Environmental Engineering, Outdoor Leadership

Hello! My name is John Merrill and am the project lead for our Sierra Leone Water Systems project. I have been involved with EWB since I first stepped foot on campus, and have loved every minute. This organization is an excellent way for engineers to obtain hands-on experience while making our world a better and more sustainable place. We are always looking for students across all disciplines of study, within engineering or not, please reach out if you are interested! I can’t wait to see what progress we make this year, continuing to make a positive impact within our community.

PrayagPrayag Pershad – Guatemala Water Systems Co-lead
Junior – Biomedical Engineering

Hi! My name is Prayag and I am the co-lead for the Guatemala Water Systems project team. In my free time, I love camping, traveling, reading, and any combination of those. I aspire to attend medical school, and I think EWB is a great opportunity to employ the technical skills I learn in the classroom for the benefit of the international community. I am very excited to support the work of EWB; I hope to see you at a meeting soon! If you have any questions, just shoot me an email!

Tabitha Benbow – Guatemala Water Systems Co-Lead


SLRE Project leaderDevin Halvorsen – Sierra Leone Renewable Energy
Sophomore – Electrical Engineering
slre@ewbncsu.orgHey there! My name is Devin Halvorsen and I am one of the project leads for the Sierra Leone Renewable Energy project. I have been a part of EWB for a year now, and in that time I have learned so much, and enjoyed my time with the club immensely. Being able to help communities around the world, promote sustainability, and gain practical hands on engineering experience in one place is incredible. While we may have “Engineers” in our name, it certainly is not a requirement to join! If you are interested in joining, or just have some questions, feel free to send me an email!
 Zane Warriner – Sierra Leone Renewable Energy Co-Lead


David Hursey – Local Projects Lead
Senior – Environmental Engineering

Our local projects format is little different than it has been in the past. It is now a part of our general body meetings and we will have a Local Focal week on the 4th week of every month. Come out to our weekly meetings to learn more and get involved!

Local Projects Leader

Katie Knapp – Local Projects Co-lead
Sophomore – Environmental Engineering

Hey guys! My name is Katie Knapp, and I am a sophomore in Environmental Engineering. This semester I am co-leading the Local Projects of EWB along with David Hursey. As a military brat, I have traveled since I was very young and hope to join the Air Force after graduation. I have been part of the color guard in State’s marching band for the past two seasons. I’m excited to expand my work and knowledge on sustainability, and Local Projects will allow for greater hands-on experience. I can’t wait to work around campus with other students! Go Pack!

Chapter Development Officers

EWB PortraitOwen Webster – Administration Director
Junior – Mechanical Engineering, Economics
Hello, my name is Owen Webster. I am a junior majoring in mechanical engineering and Chinese. I hope to pursue a career in aerospace, space exploration, physics, or climate science. I joined Engineers Without Borders my freshman year. This organization provides a wonderful avenue to directly serve others while learning valuable technical and soft skills along the way. Beyond engineering, I am interested in politics, economics, and Chinese language and culture.

PRMichaela Bate – Public Relations Director
Sophomore – Civil Engineering

Hello! My name is Michaela Bate and I am the Public Relations Officer. I was so excited to join EWB last year, and now I’m looking forward to how our chapter will progress over my next two years at NC State. I’m passionate about serving people and meeting the basic human needs in their lives, so this club is perfect for me. I’ve already learned so much through EWB and I am happy to be a part of the team so I can help others have similar positive experiences!


financial directorJulia O’Brien – Financial Director
Freshman – Chemical Engineering: Biomolecular concentration, Spanish
Hi! My name is Julia O’Brien and I am a freshman majoring in Chemical Engineering with a Biomolecular Concentration and Spanish. I just joined the Guatemala Water Systems Project last semester, and am ecstatic to see this project grow and develop throughout my 4 years at State. I love how EWB gives students the opportunity to apply what they learn in class to help international communities, and I can’t wait to serve as an officer for the upcoming year. Don’t hesitate to email me with any questions!

Fundraising directorSarah McConnell – Fundraising Director
Freshman – Industrial Systems Engineering, minor in Spanish
Hi everyone! My name is Sarah McConnell and I joined EWB my first semester at State and am now the Fundraising Director for the club. EWB is a great way to interact with all types of engineers and other majors, young and old. We learn how to work effectively on teams to solve real world problems and have fun in the process. I am involved with the Guatemala Water Systems Project and have used my Spanish skills to help in real situations. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the club and I will do my best to answer!

Webmaster and Media SpecialistJash Gulabrai – Webmaster and Media Specialist
Freshman – Computer Science, minor in Spanish
Hey, my name is Jash and I am the webmaster and media specialist for our chapter, as well as a member of the Sierra Leone Renewable Energy project team. I joined EWB during my first semester here at NC State and am eager to help the club grow and make a positive, tangible impact!


The responsibilities of each officer can be seen here.