Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Caroline Kavanaugh is a first year Global Engineering Professional Master’s student at the University of Colorado Boulder. She received a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Villanova University in 2021. While at Villanova, 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. She spent weeks at a time interning, helping to construct water systems, modern bathrooms, schools, and clean-air kitchens. In addition to her internship experience in the NGO sector, she also worked for Arcadis as a technical intern. Her work in Ghana, Tanzania, Madagascar, and Nicaragua furthered her desire to provide people with access to a clean, sustainable source of water.
Whilst honing her skills and gaining a better idea of her specific interests within the WASH sector through the Mortenson Center’s Practicum program, Caroline has been enjoying all that Boulder and the surrounding areas have to offer. From hiking and climbing to exploring the various cities, she has been enjoying Colorado living thus far and is excited for the ski season to come.