March EWB Member of the Month
Sana Ma is a Northwestern University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Piano Performance and a minor in Musicology. Her day job at Cabot Microelectronics Corporation consists of managing the chemical product line including: quality control, investigate problems with the product line, and research on how to improve production. Sana is also trilingual – she speaks some Cantonese and Mandarin. She discovered EWB as an “Engineers for a Sustainable World” student member at NU and also learned about it from friends at the University of Colorado at Boulder (birthplace of EWB-USA).
Her volunteer work started in high school where she and a friend would tour retirement homes performing on piano. She originally thought about joining the Peace Corps after college but found that EWB offers a way to contribute and volunteer with flexibility.
She is currently working on the Candelaria, Honduras project and is excited to travel for the first time this April. Working with the Candelaria team has allowed Sana to learn about new technical projects and develop new skills outside of her job. Her other interests in EWB include improving the global community and contributing to make peoples’ lives better.
One of the ways Sana has been able to do this is by working with Dr. Bruce (member of the chapter) on issues surrounding the medical world. Her great work led her to find a solution to the medical waste problem in Candelaria. When she joined the project team the medical waste issue was not being reconciled because of the many other issues the team was facing. Sana made the issue her own responsibility and found a low cost solution for disposal of medical needles.
Sana’s advice to new members who would like to get involved is: be proactive, find a place for yourself in the project, and volunteer for activities. It’s hard for project leads to place you in a project because they don’t know your background, skills, or interest. So the best way to get involved is to put yourself forward!