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Kaplan alumnus becomes President of Engineers Without Borders at UWE Bristol

20 Mar 2017 - Barni Homden

We're pleased to hear about yet another great achievement by a Kaplan student. Our congratulations go out to Alina Barandiarán for becoming the President of Engineers Without Borders, a student-led charity at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol.

Originally from Mexico, Alina came to UWE Bristol’s International College to prepare for her Engineering degree in 2014. After studying International Year One, she successfully progressed to her degree at UWE Bristol.

We asked Alina about Engineers Without Borders (EWB), and what the UWE Bristol branch of the charity is up to:

“Engineers Without Borders UK is a charity that focuses on removing barriers to development. Their programmes provide opportunities for students all over the country to learn about the role of technology in development.

At the moment, EWB UWE is involved in 2 main projects. The first one is called ‘Build Away Borders’, and focuses on developing students’ basic construction skills, while also promoting outreach and humanitarian aid. The second project is helping a UWE lecturer to convert a fuel-based glider into an electricity-based one by using engineering principles.”

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It’s great that Alina has a leadership role in these valuable projects being undertaken by EWB at UWE Bristol. We also asked why Alina got involved in EWB to begin with:

“Since I was a small child I was interested in building and taking stuff apart, which is why I chose to study Engineering. During my time at the International College, a group of EWB UWE students came to talk to us about a trip they were planning to the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales. This inspired me to join.

Becoming president made me feel proud, but also terrified! Leading a society like EWB is a big task; it’s not just about organising socials and activities, but about getting people involved with engineering projects. It also involves coordinating efforts with Engineers Without Borders UK.”

Alina is clearly a highly motivated student, and it’s great to see her take on such a worthy initiative. Alina told us that, once she graduates, she’d like to lead her own Engineering company. Judging by her work with EWB, she has a bright future ahead of her.

If you're interested in studying at UWE Bristol, find how you can prepare for a degree at UWE Bristol's International College.


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