Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Engineers Without Borders

Garver employees Ian Toohey (right, kneeling) and Mike Rice (center, standing with black hat) celebrate the completion of a water supply project in La Pradera del Quetzal, Guatemala.

Project Engineer Ian Toohey serves as president of the Central Oklahoma Professional Chapter of the Engineers Without Borders-USA as well as the South Central Region, which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas. EWB-USA is a national volunteer organization that brings together engineering students and practitioners to work on vital infrastructure projects in the developing world.

Ian's roles include serving as a mentor and providing student volunteers with knowledge of engineering practices. He also assists regional chapters as an engineering resource. Earlier this year, Ian delivered a keynote speech at the senior awards banquet as part of Arkansas State University's College of Engineering commencement ceremonies. He discussed the goals and vision of EWB-USA and the importance of corporate citizenship.

As University of Oklahoma students, Ian and future Garver employees Steve and Mike Rice volunteered their services on projects in other countries. Ian and Steve provided surveys to build a mission hospital near La Ceiba, Honduras, and Ian and Mike Rice helped develop a water supply in La Pradera del Quetzal, Guatemala. Mike returned to Guatemala a number of times with EWB.

Garver's Norman office currently hosts the Central Oklahoma Professional Chapter of EWB-USA, and has supported local events held by the student chapter at the University of Oklahoma. In addition, several Garver employees in our North Little Rock, Arkansas office are officers in the Central Arkansas Professional Chapter.

The next major event for the South Central Region is a training workshop November 12-14 at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, which is near Garver's Frisco, Texas office.

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