Donovan, Millennium Fellow 2014-2015

ENGINEERS WITHOUT BORDERS At Boston university

Donovan, MCN Fellow 2014 - 2015

Donovan is currently a Junior at Boston University pursuing studies in Biomedical Engineering and a interdisciplinary co-curriculum in the Kilachand Honors College. Also following a pre-medical route, Donovan's interests interest lie in both clinical medicine and research, as he hopes to pursue translational bench-to-bedside diagnostic and point-of-care technologies. Donovan is passionate about global development and international health, as the complexity faced calls for great interdisciplinary collaboration. Currently, he is president of the Engineers Without Borders chapter at BU, a student organization that works to develop community-driven, sustainable, and locally sourced solutions to improve the lifestyle, health, and economy of the community. Currently, we are in the 4th year of our program in Naluja, located in the Southern Province of Zambia, as our projects will focus on a holistic approach to water supply. We greatly value interdisciplinary and peer collaboration, so have helped initiate round-table discussions with other local EWB chapters and global development groups on the BU campus.

How has the MCN Fellowship made a difference in your organization?

The MCN Fellowship program has been a great resource for increasing our organization capacity and helping translate our efforts into tangible, goal-driven results. I appreciate how it finds the perfect balance between one-on-one leadership coaching, peer-mediated feedback, and community wide exposure to professionals.

There are no magic answers, no miraculous methods to overcome the problems we face, just the familiar ones: honest search for understanding, education, organization, action ... and the kind of commitment that will persist despite the temptations of disillusionment, despite many failures and only limited successes, inspired by the hope of a brighter future.
— Noam Chomsky