Our Leaders

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Dalton Howell

President

Hometown: Columbus Junction, IA

Major: Electrical Engineering

Involvement: 3 years

Favorite Animal: Ox

Greetings.  I am Dalton Howell and I am the president of Engineers Without Borders here at UW-Platteville (EWB-UWP).  Originally from the small town of Columbus Junction, Iowa, I came to UW-Platteville to obtain a degree in electrical engineering while still getting to enjoy that small town feel.  I initially became involved in EWB-UWP my freshman year and have been a committed member ever since.  In 2016 I was selected as the Grants Writing Committee Chair to help aid our chapter in meeting our financial goals.  In addition, I had the opportunity to travel to Ghana in January of 2016 to take part in one of our implementation trips for the NAVA Primary School.  It truly was a life-changing experience, one I would recommend to anyone interested.  Whether you are a student, an alumni, a businessperson, or anyone who has heard of us, our chapter is always looking to grow and extend our reach.  Feel free to get in contact with us or attend one of our weekly meetings.  I am excited to take on my role as president this next year and to continue the great work of our organization.

 

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Nick Costello

Vice President

Hometown: Calamus, IA

Major: Civil Engineering

Involvement: 3 years

Favorite Animal: Liger

Hello my name is Nick Costello. I’m just a small town kid who grew up in the eastern Iowa corn fields, unaware of the opportunities outside of his hometown of 350 people. I talked with a representative from the chapter at a freshman orientation event and have been involved ever since! After learning about the fantastic history of the chapter and our partnering communities in Ghana, I had never heard of anything like what our organization does. After traveling in August 2016 and collaborating with our partners both in-country and here in the US, I have acquired the ability to look at life differently. I now have an extreme appreciation for people who live day to day, use different methods to solve problems, and fight for what they know is right.

The opportunities provided to me are substantial in this chapter but are no comparison to the impact we have to these communities! I have gained technical skills, friendship, and leadership skills. But the greatest feeling is benefiting someone other than yourself (unless it is the Ghanaian sun on my back). Our chapter stands together in Platteville, WI to overcome real-world problems with sustainable solutions. As students, we raise our own funding, help construct the project, and are involved in the design process!

 

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Neal Kluck

Secretary

Major: Industrial Engineering

Hometown: Rosholt, WI

Involvement: 3 years

Favorite Animal: Fox

Salutations, I am Neal Kluck and I am the secretary of Engineers Without Borders this year.  I first became involved in EWB in 2014 and was fortunate enough to travel to Ghana in August of 2014.  In Ghana, I was able to assist in the masonry work of the NAVA Primary School and met some incredible people.  In 2015, I served as the Marketing Committee Chair to advertise about EWB and get more members, and now I serve as Secretary to help our members get more involved.

 

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Joseph Vesely

Treasurer

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Racine, WI

Involvement: 2 years

Favorite Animal: Weasel or sloth

My name is Joeseph Vesely and I am the current treasurer of Engineers Without Borders.  I am currently a sophomore working towards a mechanical engineering degree.  I live in Racine, Wisconsin with no pets.  As treasurer, I work to make sure the chapter meets all its financial responsibilities and pays who we need to pay.  I’ve met a lot of great people through EWB and would strongly recommend it to anyone interested.

 

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Cameron Palmer

Projects Committee Chair

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Muskego, Wisconsin

Involvement: 3 years

Favorite Animal: Tuna Fish

Hello, my name is Cameron Palmer. I am currently a third year ME major at UW-Platteville.  Since I first heard of Engineers Without Borders in high school I knew I wanted to join. As a freshman, I headed a group focused on water collection research and as a sophomore I was elected to be the Projects Committee Chair.  In August of 2016 I traveled to Ghana to complete the final trip before the grand opening of the NAVA Primary School.  As the Projects Chair, my goal is to oversee the official opening on the NAVA School as well as establishing and beginning on our next project. We hope to see a successful trip this August and a smooth transition to our next project.

 

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Quin Rogers

Grant Writing Committee Chair

Major: Civil Engineering and Spanish

Hometown: McHenry, IL

Involvement: 4 years

Favorite Animal: Elephant

Hi, I’m Quin Rogers and this is my fourth year in EWB.  As part of our chapter, I have been involved in each of the committees at some point throughout these years. I was treasurer for three semesters and now have moved from counting the money to making the money as Grants Writing committee chair

 

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Justin Prochaska

Fundraising Committee Chair

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Holdingford, MN

Involvement: 2 years

Favorite Animal: Giraffe

Howdy, I’m Justin and I am a computer science student at UW-Platteville with a minor in business.  As part of EWB-UWP I traveled to Ghana in January of 2016 to assist in the construction of the NAVA Primary School.  It was an incredible experience, which I highly recommend to anyone interested.  As fundraising chairman, I lead bi-weekly meetings to discuss what we can do to raise money for our projects in Ghana as well as for fun activities to do at home.  As a chapter, we are always looking for fun, innovative ways to raise money and I welcome anyone with new ideas to get in contact with us.

 

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 Drew Balken

Marketing Committee Chair

Major: Civil Engineering

Hometown: Appleton, WI

Involvement: 2.5 years

Favorite Animal: Parakeet

Hello fellow reader, I am Drew Balken. Well, my first name is Andrew, but I go by Drew. I am a junior civil engineering student with an emphasis in structural engineering. Before attending the university, I had heard about Engineers Without Borders and knew I wanted to join. As of right now, I have not gone on a trip yet, but I am planning to do so in the near future. I have learned a lot being in the Marketing position, including how to stay on top of projects and even homework.

 

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 Tyler John

Treasurer in Training

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: New Berlin, WI

Involvement: 1 year

Favorite Animal: Elephant

Hello my name is Tyler John and I am the Treasurer in Training for EWB-UWP.  I am a freshman mechanical engineering major at UW-Platteville, with minors in both Spanish and math.  I have not yet had the opportunity to travel to Ghana, but I hope to at some point during college.  Through my involvement in committee work and my current position, I am working to take a more active role in our organization.

 

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Luke Stangl

Social Chair

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Sauk Prairie, WI

Involvement: 2 years

Favorite Animal: Leopard

Hello, my name is Luke Stangl and I am from Sauk Prairie, Wisconsin. I am currently a mechanical engineering major here at UW-Platteville. I started EWB after being forced to go to an engineering club for a class, but I am very glad I did. After the first meeting, I knew this was a club I wanted to be involved in, and I have been a part of EWB ever since. I had the pleasure of traveling to Ghana, Africa, in August 2016. I am the current Social Chair of EWB and hope to plan fun events for our chapter to take part in this upcoming year.