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Carissa Brownotter
Mathematics/Science Teacher, Tohatchi Middle School, Tohatchi, NM

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2011

I am currently a Mathematics/Science teacher at Tohatchi Middle School in Tohatchi, New Mexico. Previously, I taught high school mathematics at Saint Michael Indian School in St. Michael, Arizona. Both of these schools are located on the Navajo Nation, the largest American Indian reservation in the United States. In conjunction with teaching, I collaborate with Dr. Kapil Khandelwal on engineering outreach projects for the students.

E Mail: carissa.brownotter@gmail.com
Web Link: gmcs.k12.nm.us

Last Updated: 07/03/2013


Daniel Buonadonna
Global Practice Lead at CH2M, Seattle WA

M.S. University of California, Berkeley, 2008

B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2003

After graduating, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania working on agroforestry and microfinance projects. At the completion of my service, I stayed behind to work as a private contractor for local African construction companies as well as the US Embassy for humanitarian projects such as rural well drilling and school house construction.

Following the Peace Corps I received a Fulbright grant to study natural treatment systems in India and then completed a Masters Degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.

I currently serve as the Global Practice Lead for CH2M's pipeline Condition Assessment and Rehabilitation Services team (CARS) which works to restore aging infrastructure worldwide. I am still involved in development work and I was the vice-president of the Kansas Professional Chapter of Engineer's Without Borders before moving to the Pacific Northwest in 2012. As part of my career at CH2M, I've been involved in water conveyance development projects in Africa through contracts with the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

E Mail: daniel.buonadonna@ch2m.com
Web Link: www.ch2m.com

Last Updated: 6/30/2013

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Daniel E Reimer Jr.
Project Engineer, Aker Solutions

M.Ed University of Notre Dame, 2011
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2009

I joined the Alliance for Catholic Education (A.C.E.) program after undergraduate and taught Chemistry and Physics at the high school level. My civil engineering degree provided excellent training, especially when I was asked to teach AP Chemistry and Physics my second year.

After completing the A.C.E. program, I worked as a Structural Design Engineer with Thompson Engineering. I used RISA-3D to model structures and was involved in construction management and producing structural analyses/reports in addition to design. In May 2013 I started as a Project Engineer with Aker Solutions. I am now involved with the design, procurement, testing, and installation of umbilical cables for Oil and Gas clients such as Exxon, Chevron, B.P, and Shell.

Email: danielreimerjr@gmail.com

Last Updated: 5/15/2013

Matthew Ries
Chief Technical Officer, Water Environment Federation (WEF), Alexandria, Virginia

M.S. University of Notre Dame, 1997
B.S. Valparaiso University, 1995

I am the Chief Technical Officer at the Water Environment Federation (WEF) in Alexandria, Virginia. WEF is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF members, Member Associations, and staff proudly work to achieve our mission to provide bold leadership, champion innovation, connect water professionals, and leverage knowledge to support clean and safe water worldwide. In my role, I oversee WEF’s education and training programs including conferences, seminars, webcasts, e-Learning, and the technical program for WEFTEC, the world’s largest water conference. I also manage staff working with WEF’s technical committees and oversee strategic initiatives on innovation, energy, nutrients, stormwater, and others.

Before WEF I worked as a consultant in the planning, design, construction, and startup of municipal and industrial water, wastewater, and stormwater facilities, working at Hazen and Sawyer, P.C.; Ecology & Environment, Inc.; and Earth Tech, Inc. (now AECOM).

Additionally, I serve on the Board of Directors for Alexandria Renew Enterprises, the local sanitation authority and am on the Board of the Alliance for Water Stewardship, an organization developing and promoting a global water standard for water stewardship.

I am also a part-time Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering at the University of South Florida where I am a Senior Research Fellow at the Patel College of Global Sustainability. My research focus is on urban water infrastructure and utilities’ transition to a more sustainable state.

E Mail:mries@wef.org
Web Link:www.wef.org

Last Updated: 10/05/2013

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Brittani Russell
Engineer in Residence, Building Tomorrow, Uganda

M.S. University of Notre Dame, 2013
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2011

I like to think of myself as an atypical engineering student (although perhaps not as unusual coming from the ranks of ND grads) who will apply her technical knowledge towards projects in the developing world. I think I can blame ND Seed, a program for undergraduate students at Notre Dame where the students design, raise all funds for, and construct a footbridge for a community in need, for this aspiration. During my senior year I, along with six of my classmates, constructed a 125-meter footbridge in Nicaragua. For my master's project under Dr. Ashley Thrall, I worked with the U.S. Army to reconceptualize and optimize a floating causeway and bridging system which will be used for military and disaster relief purposes.

After surviving six consecutive South Bend winters I will be moving to warmer climates as I work for Building Tomorrow in Uganda. I am serving as the Engineer in Residence to help streamline and improve the process of design and constructing schools in the rural parts of the country.

Email: brussel2@alumni.nd.edu

Last Updated: 5/15/2013

Andrew Seelaus
Country Manager, Bridges to Prosperity, Kigali, Rwanda

B.S. University of Notre Dame 2010

After graduation from Notre Dame, I was hired as a Project Engineer for Skanska USA Building where I worked on school projects throughout southwest Michigan.

In 2011, Bridges to Prosperity asked me to lead the formation of their new program in Timor-Leste, building cable supported pedestrian bridges in poor regions to provide safe access to schools, markets, and healthcare. In Timor, I navigated political, logistical, and technical challenges that are characteristic of working in post-conflict nations, en route to completion of several bridges.

In 2013, I moved to Rwanda as Country Manager for Bridges to Prosperity's newest program in East Africa. Here, I am developing the organization's relationships with key government stakeholders and cultivating ties with local universities with the goal of growing a sustainable bridge building program that trains and inspires future generations of Rwandan engineers.

E Mail: andrewseelaus@gmail.com, rewseelaus@bridgestoprosperity.org
Web Link: www.bridgestoprosperity.org

Last Updated: 11/02/2013

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Patricia Drummey Stiegel
Project Manager, Hazen and Sawyer, Raleigh, NC

M.S. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2003

I knew during my undergraduate days that I wanted a career that would impact the world in a positive way. I worked in Joannes Westerink's lab and spent a semester in Mexico studying engineering and working on my Spanish skills. After graduation, I served as a Water and Sanitation Volunteer with the US Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, where I designed and led the community construction of a gravity-flow water system as well as VIP latrines. I realized that I needed a Master’s Degree in order to pursue the kind of career that I wanted, and I went to UNC Chapel Hill where I did research on microbial transport in stormwater BMPs.

For the past 6 years, I have worked in Raleigh, NC for Hazen and Sawyer, an environmental engineering consulting firm with a strong focus on clean water. I focus mainly on wastewater treatment plant design, water recycling, and ultraviolet disinfection. I am currently serving as Hazen and Sawyer’s Project Manager for the upgrade and expansion of the T.Z. Osborne WRF to 56 mgd.

Last Updated: 5/15/2013

Patricia Wilbur
Environmental Health Volunteer, Peace Corps, Panama

M.S. University of South Florida, In Progress (2014)
B.S. University of Notre Dame, 2010

During my years at Notre Dame, I knew that I wanted to use my engineering skills abroad to make a positive impact on public health. During my senior year, I discovered the Master’s International Peace Corps Program, a graduate program at select universities that combines studies and Peace Corps service. In the Fall of 2010, I began coursework at the University of South Florida, where I studied Environmental Engineering with special emphasis in the developing world setting.

In August 2011, I entered the Peace Corps and began serving as an Environmental Health Volunteer in Panama. I live and work in a community of approximately 300 Ngabes, an indigenous group found in the province of Bocas del Toro. Mainly, I have focused on constructing composting latrines and building capacity of the water committees in the region. But, as a Peace Corps Volunteer, one must be flexible and versatile, so I have also taught English classes, trained local artisans in business management, developed leadership skills among the youth, improved project management skills among the community leaders, and worked to improve agricultural techniques with local farmers.

As part of my graduate program, I will be researching the nexus of user perceptions and sanitation technology in the province of Bocas del Toro. When I return to the States, I will defend my thesis and I plan to continue working in international development related to improving water and sanitation.

E Mail:patricia.a.wilbur@gmail.com

Last Updated: 07/05/2013

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