Rahul Kathard – President
Senior – 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!

AndyAndy Grieshop – Faculty Advisor

Dr. Andy Grieshop of the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering is the awesome faculty advisor for our chapter. Click here to read more about Dr. Grieshop’s work.


VP_ProjectsMatt Benbow –  Vice President of Projects
Senior – Materials Science & Engineering

Hello! My name is Matt Benbow, I am the Vice President of Projects for our chapter in charge of overseeing our international and local projects in Sierra Leone, Guatemala, and Raleigh. I first joined Engineers Without Borders the Fall of 2015. I am currently a Senior in Materials Science and Engineering and will be starting a Masters of Science in Power Systems Engineering in the Spring of 2018. I am on the Guatemala Water Systems team and traveled to Guatemala over spring break of 2017! Engineers Without Borders has been an amazing experience, so if you are considering joining, it’s a blast!

MichelleMichelle Lishner – Vice President of Chapter Development
Senior – 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

SLW LeadJohn Merrill – Sierra Leone Water Systems Lead 
Senior – Environmental Engineering


Hello! My name is John Merrill and am one of the project leads for our Sierra Leone Water Project. Having been involved with EWB for over three years, I have seen first-hand the enriching experience this organization can provide. From applying engineering design principles learned in the classroom to hands-on field work, EWB offers opportunities to broaden your educational experience while helping others meet their basic needs. If you’re interested in joining our team or simply learning more about what we do, don’t hesitate to reach out!

Local Projects Leader

Katie Knapp – Local Projects Lead
Junior – Environmental Engineering

Hey guys! My name is Katie Knapp, and I am a junior in Environmental Engineering. This semester I am leading the our chapter’s Local Projects team. 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!


PrayagPrayag Pershad – Guatemala Water Systems Co-lead
Senior – 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
Senior – Chemical Engineering

Hi, my name is Tabitha Benbow and I am one of the project leads for the Guatemala Water Systems project. I have been a part of EWB for 2 years and I absolutely love the work we do as a club to improve the quality of life for the communities in Caserio Panhux and Lower Allentown. Being a part of EWB is such a fulfilling experience where we get to apply our engineering knowledge to impact the lives of so many people! I am so excited to see the progress our project team will make this year. Feel free to ask me any questions via email!


Dustin Soutendijk – Sierra Leone Renewable Energy Co-Lead

Senior – Water Resource Engineering

Currently a Senior at NC State, I have been with Engineers Without Borders since I transferred from Wake Technical Community College in Fall 2016. I am studying Water Resource Engineering in the Civil Engineering Department and have great interest in international development in the area of water systems and sanitation and renewable energy. Within Engineers Without Borders, I act as Project Co-Lead for Sierra Leone Renewable Energy, drawing knowledge from my work with a Raleigh based solar integrator, Holocene Clean Energy. Our team is looking forward to implementing a solar array and storage system this summer of 2017 to serve the community school in Lower Allentown, Sierra Leone with renewable, reliable energy.

 Zane Warriner – Sierra Leone Renewable Energy Co-Lead

Hey, my name is Zane Warriner and I am currently a PhD student in Electrical Engineering! I joined EWB three years ago and am currently the SLRE project lead. I have learned so much about solar energy and the impact Engineers Without Borders can have around the world. We hope to travel to Sierra Leone by the end of 2017 for our next implementation trip!

Chapter Development Officers

EWB PortraitOwen Webster – Administration Director
Senior – 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
Junior – 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
Sophomore – Chemical Engineering: Biomolecular concentration, Spanish
Hi! My name is Julia O’Brien and I am a sophomore 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
Sophomore – 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 – Technical Director
Sophomore – Computer Science, minor in Spanish
Hey, my name is Jash and I am the webmaster/technical director 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!