Emma-Kate Stecker

What are your majors? Civil and environmental engineering with a certificate in environmental studies

Expected graduation: May 2022

What inspired your interest in the environment and/or community? For me, my interest in the environment was always obvious from a young age. I grew up in a very active family that valued integrating nature into our upbringing. As a kid I became fascinated by the natural world and every chance I got would be spent exploring a lakeshore, edge of a forest or an overturned rock.

Eventually, I realized how important it was to protect these wonderful places so others, too, could make the same discoveries. This idea motivated me to explore ways I could instill change in my own community. Since then, I’ve worked on local and international projects to provide infrastructural and ecological improvements to hopefully create a more sustainable future for the communities involved.

Something few people know about you: I love bird watching!

Something else about you? I am the vice president of the Engineers Without Borders Chapter on campus, and work on the Camarones Potable Water Project with fellow CESP member Ana Diges! The project is based in Ecuador and we are working on designing a distribution system to provide safe drinking water for the community.