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Cathy Leslie

EWB-USA's Commitment to Equity, Economy, and Ecology

Cathy Leslie, Ph.D., P.E.
President, Engineers Without Borders USA

Lecture: 100 Nedderman Hall; Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, 6:00 pm
Reception: 601 Nedderman Hall (Rady Room); Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011, 5:00 pm

EWB-USA supports community development programs worldwide through participating in the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects. EWB-USA projects embed concepts of natural capitalism, financial analysis, life cycle cost analysis, and applicable and appropriate technologies. Our commitment to equity, economy, and ecology is evident in the long-term commitments to the communities in which we work.

Ms. Leslie is a licensed Civil Engineer in Colorado with over 20 years of experience in the design and management of civil engineering projects. In March, 2008, after ten years as a Civil Engineering Manager at Tetra Tech, Inc., she assumed the role of Executive Director of Engineers Without Borders–USA, a position she held on a volunteer basis for six years.

Ms. Leslie began her work in developing countries as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Stationed in Nepal, she developed solutions related to drinking water and sanitation projects. During the last 20 years, whether working in corporate engineering or nonprofit international development, Ms. Leslie has developed and utilized her technical interests in creating solutions for engineering projects that integrate the needs of the client along with the sustainable needs of the environment.

As Executive Director of EWB-USA, Ms. Leslie uses her organizational and project management skills to ensure that the volunteer organization can fulfill its mission and vision. Ms. Leslie was a part of the second project to be completed within EWB-USA, a water project in Mail, Africa. There she worked directly with the community and other volunteers to develop a rainwater catchment solution. This project introduced her to EWB-USA and ultimately led to devotion to the organization.. After six years as the volunteer Executive Director, Ms. Leslie joined EWB-USA as the second Executive Director since the organization’s founding in 2002. Under Ms. Leslie’s guidance, EWB-USA has received many honors and awards including most recently, the 2010 Henry C. Turner Prize.

Ms. Leslie also belongs to the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Water Environment Federation, and is a member of the Presidential Council of Alumnae for Michigan Technological University, where she holds her degree in civil engineering. She received the William H. Wisely Civil Engineer Award in 2008 from the American Society of Civil Engineers for her contribution to the engineering profession.