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Meet the Region

Chris Lombardo

Chris Lombardo co-founded the Greater Austin EWB-USA Chapter in 2009 and The University of Texas at Austin Chapter in 2005, and now he is the faculty adviser for the Harvard University Chapter.  He was the South Central region Secretary in 2011 and has served on the regional steering committee since 2009.  Dr. Lombardo attended the University of Maryland where he received B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics.  Subsequently, he attended The University of Texas at Austin where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.  His dissertation was on methods for studying and characterizing new materials for photovoltaic cells.  Dr. Lombardo is currently the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences in Cambridge, MA and is a Lecturer in Electrical Engineering. 

Julie Jones

Julie Jones co-founded the Northwest Arkansas EWB-USA Professional Chapter and the University of Arkansas EWB-USA Student Chapter in 2005, and she is now president of the North Texas Professional Chapter.  She was the Arkansas State Representative for the South Central Region of EWB-USA from 2005-2009, Vice President of the region from 2009-2011 and she currently serves as President of the region.  She is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and was voted 2013 Dallas ASCE Young Engineer of the Year.
Ms. Jones attended the University of Arkansas where she received her B.S. in Civil Engineering and her M.S. in Civil Engineering, both with an emphasis in Environmental Engineering.  Her thesis was on Factors Affecting the Operation and Maintenance of Biosand Filters for Rainwater Treatment in Developing Countries.  This research was done for filters in Zaragoza, Colombia in Amazon region.  She holds an Professional Engineer License in Texas, and she works at Nathan D Maier Consulting Engineers, Inc. in Dallas for the Water Resources Division.
 Scott Hammond
Chapter Relations Manager
As a Chapter Relations Manager, Scott builds and maintains relationships between EWB-USA and its members, partners, and Non-Governmental Organizations. He also provides support and education to chapters in development, establishment, networking, and the EWB-USA project process. Scott has served the Great Lakes Region and part of the South East Region as a CRM since November 2008. Currently, he serves as the CRM for the Great Lakes and South Central regions. Scott’s international experience includes service in the U.S. Peace Corps in Nepal teaching English and providing teacher training to Nepalese teachers, and as an Academic Director for ELS English Language Institute in Pusan, South Korea as well as extensive travel in Asia and Europe. He has traveled on one EWB-USA assessment trip to Bolivia and was able to assist with a community health survey and GPS surveying.

Scott has worked in the nonprofit sector since 2000 in nonprofit management, grant proposal review, corporate volunteerism and volunteer engagement. Scott has a B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and post-graduate study at The George Washington University in Secondary Education.

 Ashley Corker

Ashley Corker graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in May 2009 with Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Civil Engineering.  She moved to Tulsa, OK, to work for the Southwestern Power Administration, which is an agency of the US Dept of Energy.  Southwestern markets hydro-power generated at Corps of Engineers' dams located in Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Texas to non-profit entities and returns revenues to the US Treasury to repay the tax payers' investment in the dams. 
Ashley became involved with the Oklahoma East Professionals Chapter of EWB-USA in September 2011, and has been the VP of the chapter since Dec 2011.  


 Angela Casen

Angela is the Integration Engineer for the Russian segment of the International Space Station where she is the deputy project manager for all the new Russian modules. She received both her bachelor's in Human Factors Engineering and masters degree in Aerospace Sciences with specializations in systems safety and space operations management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. She has been involved with the South Central Houston/JSC chapter of EWB since 2007 where she has served as the chapter's secretary since 2009. Angela was part of the BYOW build, test, and implementation team for the Aguilar, Mexico project and is one of the designers and part of the implementation team on the solar and year round fruit dryer for the chapters Rwanda project. In 2012 she was elected to the South Central region board as the regions treasurer. 

Duyen Nguyen
State Rep Louisana

Duyen Nguyen is a senior at Louisiana State University pursuing a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Engineering. She was the president of the LSU Student Chapter for 2 years before she took on the role of Louisiana State Representative in 2013.
In fall 2012, she spearheaded the coordination and execution of the first South Central Regional Conference hosted in Louisiana. She is still an active member of the LSU chapter and is currently collaborating with the Baton Rouge Professional Chapter on a water supply project in Africa as the LSU chapter's project lead.


 Corrie Thompson
State Rep East Texas
 Corrie Thompson earned her BS in Civil Engineering in December 2011 and has been a Staff Engineer at ERM-Environmental Resources Management in Austin, TX since January 2012.  Prior to pursuing a career in engineering, Corrie had earned her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degrees and worked as a child protection social worker in the State of Illinois and the London Borough of Bromley, UK.  She joined EWB-USA in January 2009 as a student member of the former University of Texas at Austin Chapter. 
She helped form the Greater Austin Chapter, the only combined student and professional chapter, from the UT-Austin Student Chapter and Central Texas Professional Chapter in the spring of 2009 and is currently the chapter's Treasurer.  Corrie was a Project Lead for the Greater Austin Chapter's Panama Project for three years and has transitioned into the role of Professional Mentor since graduating.  She has travelled on several assessment and implementation trips for the project.  Corrie has been the Central Texas State Represenative since August 2011 and is also a member of the the Application Review Committee (ARC) and Grant Review Committee
 Daniel Lee
State Rep Oklahoma

 Daniel Lee is a Student of Electrical Engineering at the University of Tulsa. He has lived in a number of foreign countries, and enjoys experiencing various cultures. He is highly motivated to bring his engineering expertise to bear for the good of those living in communities around the world, especially those in developing nations. He is currently serving as the State Representative for Oklahoma. His future aspirations include assisting in meaningful cultural exchange and development of connectivity in economically struggling nations.
 Anne Wileheim
State Rep South Texas

Anna currently works as a Biomedical Flight Controller for the International Space Station. She was drawn to Houston by the chance to participate in NASA’s mission following the completion of her bachelor’s in Math and Spanish from TCU and a master’s in Biomedical Engineering at Duke University. Anna is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring together her passion for engineering, languages, and cultures to contribute to the valuable mission of EWB.

Courtney Irwin
Webmaster & Social Media Chair
Courtney Irwin is a senior at Louisiana State University pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Leadership Development. Courtney is very involved in programs to advance her communication skills and is pursuing a Distinguished Communicator award through LSU's Communication across the Curriculum program.

She has almost 4 years of experience with EWB-USA and is the 2013-2015 President of the LSU Student Chapter and was previously the Secretary (2010-2012) and Vice President (2012-2013). She has worked hard with other officers over the last several years to grow the chapter from brand new in 2010 to a thriving chapter in 2014. She also helped to host the 2012 South Central Regional Conference and the 2014 Louisiana Statewide Workshop at LSU.
 Vivaswath "Vivas" Kumar
Student Representative
 Vivaswath ‘Vivas’ Kumar is the Student Representative on the Board of Directors of the Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA). He is currently a senior electrical engineering student at Rice University in Houston, Texas, USA, where he was previously involved as a Project Leader and External Vice President of the Rice University Student Chapter of EWB-USA. He is also a founding member of the OwlSpark Accelerator, Rice University’s entrepreneurship accelerator program. Apart from engineering, his interests include marathon running, electronic music, and learning languages.