The E4C Fellowship is a workforce development program at the intersection of technology and social impact, serving to activate and empower early-career engineers and technical professionals worldwide to solve local and global challenges. Providing a unique platform to develop soft skills and connect with mentors and peers from all continents, the E4C Fellowship offers leadership development opportunities preparing the next generation of technical professionals to reach their fullest potential and advance the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
Since 2014, E4C has awarded 145 Fellowships to exceptional early-career engineers, architects and scientists from nearly 40 countries across all inhabited continents, supporting more than 70 projects and organizations worldwide, offering them first-hand experience in addressing global challenges. The E4C Fellowship is a part-time and remote commitment that lasts five months, with Summer (May to September) and Winter (November-March) cohorts. Fellows get paid a stipend and are expected to work 20-25 hours per week with flexible schedules.
Join us to hear from the experience of past fellows. Lean more about the the E4C Fellowship and how to apply. And, as always, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the E4C Fellowship management team and E4C fellow alumni.
Invited E4C Fellow Alumni
Nishant Agarwal concluded his MS with a specialization in Manufacturing Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology [IIT] Kanpur in 2018. He has been associated with ASME Engineering for Change since 2019. During the fellowship, Nishant was a part of the research around engineering response to COVID-19 where the team curated a reference list of resources to mitigate negative health outcomes worldwide. He founded Life and Limb in the year 2020 – to develop cost-effective myoelectric upper limb prostheses considering the socio-economic sphere of the amputees in the low-resource settings. The startup was amongst the top three winners at the ASME ISHOW India 2021.
Sahar Shamsi graduated from the University of Toronto in Canada with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She is passionate about applying her engineering skills to global development projects, leading her to work with NGOs such as Hands Across the Nations (HATN) to design and develop modular rain-water harvesting and disinfection systems for a small community in Doneguela, Mali. Her background in mechanical engineering combined with her experience in tackling global water and energy challenges through the use of innovative technology drives her passion for supporting entrepreneurs. This led her to join Climate Ventures at the Center of Social Innovation as a Program Coordinator for 6 accelerator programs serving entrepreneurs across all 13 provinces and territories of Canada. As an E4C fellow in 2021, Sahar worked supporting the market and ecosystem assessment of teams participating in the Waves to Water Competition from the National Renewable Laboratory (NREL).
Miracle Ndego is a MasterCard Foundation scholar at CAMFED Ghana. She obtained a Bsc in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Ghana in 2020. She worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant in the same institution. She is currently on the Mastercard foundation graduate internship program at CAMFED Ghana where she assists in implementing the foundations young africa works program in equipping young women secure dignified and fulfilling work. As a 2021 E4C Fellow, Miracle researched better practices for medical device procurement in Africa with emphasis on the total cost of obtaining these devices. A full report of her work can be found on the E4C website.
E4C Fellowship Management Team
Carolina Rojas is pursuing her B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering and works as a Research and Administrative Assistant at the Fab Lab in Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá and as Program Coordinator at Engineering for Change. She has three years of experience working and volunteering in the global development sector for Engineering for Change and Panama Flying Labs. Carolina contributes to sustainable development efforts both through engineering and science policy, she is an advocate for the democratization of fabrication technologies and the use of robotics for social good and participates in science policy efforts in Latin America. She is currently involved in projects that aim to create bridges between people and manufacturing technologies to strengthen the capacity of vulnerable communities in Panama to develop local solutions to waste challenges by creating eco-products and green entrepreneurship initiatives. Carolina also serves as Technology Focal Point for the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth, Public Policy Liaison for IEEE Entrepreneurship and as a member of the board of directors of Bridges for Science, a Latin-American initiative focused on bridging policy and science with the goal of promoting evidence-based policymaking. Her ultimate goal as a professional is to develop projects where access to appropriate technology is considered a catalyst for the socio-economic growth of communities and specifically of people living in poverty. Carolina is currently a coordinator for the E4C Fellowship program.
Marilynn Holguín Clover is currently the program coordinator of Engineering for Change (E4C) and of the Engineering for Global Development Department at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). She earned a degree in Biology from University of Valle, Colombia and a Masters degree in Biotechnology from Autonomous University of Madrid, Spain. Her research has centered around photosynthetic microbial fuel cells and micro-algae under climate change scenarios. She has worked with the Center for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technologies (CAWST) as an E4C Research fellow to investigate “Household Water Treatment and safe Storage (HWTS) in Colombia: Stakeholders & Trends”. And more recently in a project that evaluated mercury pollution from artisanal gold mining in afro-descendant communities, as research assistant at University of Valle, Colombia. Since 2015 she has been part of the IDIN network in Colombia and participated in International Design and Development Summits (IDDS) to co-create solutions to local problems in safe water and solid waste with waste pickers, Farc-ep Ex-combatant and rural farmer communities. Marilynn is motivated by how science and technology can respond to environmental and social needs, while empowering people and communities around the world.
Erin Peiffer is Research Manager with Engineering for Change (E4C) where she supports an international cohort of Fellows completing research and design projects at the intersection of engineering, sustainability, and global development with partners across academic institutions, non-profits, multilateral organizations, private sector businesses, and government agencies. Erin graduated from the University of Dayton with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2017 and a M.S. in Renewable and Clean Energy in 2018.
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