Caroline Kavanaugh

Graduate Assistant

Woman in dress smiling in front of painted brick wallCaroline Kavanaugh is a Global Engineering Professional Master’s student at the University of Colorado Boulder. She received a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Villanova University. Outside of class, Caroline performed water quality tests, analyzed WASH programs in primary schools, and constructed water pumps across the African continent through the Villanova Engineering Service Learning program.

Caroline’s experience in global engineering began through her work with the non-profit organization, Amigos for Christ, in Chinandega, Nicaragua. Since the summer of 2015, she has spent weeks at a time interning for Amigos assisting with the construction of water systems, modern bathrooms, schools, and clean-air kitchens. Caroline’s international work in Ghana, Tanzania, Madagascar, and Nicaragua has furthered her desire to provide people with access to a clean, sustainable source of water. In addition to her internship experience in the NGO sector, she has also worked for Arcadis, an engineering design firm based in the Netherlands. As a former orientation leader for incoming Villanovans, Caroline is excited to work with students in the Global Engineering RAP and share her passion as she furthers her own engineering education.

John Edem Ecklu

Graduate Assistant

Man in collared button down shirt standing in front of Independence Arch in Accra, GhanaJohn Edem Ecklu is a Global Environmental Engineering Professional Master's student at the University of Colorado Boulder. He completed his Civil Engineering undergraduate degree at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. For his undergraduate thesis, John examined access to water and cost implications for a rural town.

He joins the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering and the Global Engineering RAP with four years of experience in the water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) sector having worked as a project engineer at TREND Group, a WASH consultancy firm in Ghana. There, he worked on a myriad of projects across the different regions in Ghana collaborating with various local agencies and international organizations such as UNICEF. Some of the projects included designing and supervising the construction of sustainable WASH infrastructure for schools in low-income urban communities and providing technical support to rural communities to increase their sanitation coverage. He is passionate about providing innovative WASH solutions that look beyond just providing infrastructure but also have sustained impact in developing countries. John also loves to bike and explore beautiful trails.

Jessica Darby

Undergraduate Assistant

Jessica Darby outside in blue vestJessica Darby is a third-year undergraduate student in Environmental Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Outside of class, Jessica has been a part of research with the Mortenson Center and Environmental Engineering Department. She was a part of the Global Engineering Resident Academic Program as a freshmen and returned her second year to further her involvement. As a student assistant, she is excited to share past RAP traditions and activities with the next class of engineers. As part of the Global Engineering RAP, Jessica studies both the Spanish and Welsh languages and cultures. Jessica has also been an orientation leader and a peer mentor for first-year students in the College of Engineering. When she is not studying, you can find Jessica playing board games, watching movies, and exploring new places in Colorado.