Ms. Maureen Kesaano
has been chosen as the recipient for the
2015 Biological Engineering Citizenship Award.
Maureen Kesaano, PhD candidate, is the recipient of the 2015 BE Citizenship Award. She has expanded the BE Department service and outreach activities and reputation in several ways. She has served and led the USU Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers by participating in awareness campaigns, fundraising activities, and book drives, and by mentoring 3rd grade students at summer engineering education experiences in Oakland, California. She presented and won the NSBE design Olympiad competition in collaboration with student from Aachen University, Germany with the project “Solar powered water pumping system for rural under developed African communities, Case Study: Mbeere Community-Kenya.”
In addition, Maureen has provided valuable service to both the USU Chapter and the Salt Lake City Chapter of Engineers Without Boarders. She helped to construct houses, and to install solar panels and water tanks for elderly women living with dementia at Indian reservations of the Navajo Nation. She also acted as a translator during the EWB-USU trip to Uganda and assisted in the team’s fundraising activities. Maureen has been a valuable resource and critical asset to the Sustainable Waste-to-Bioproducts Engineering Center at USU by helping both undergraduate and graduate students with everything from serving as a resource for locating equipment and supplies to helping them learn and mentoring them in their research projects. Maureen is interested in developing and applying technologies that aim to improve people’s quality of life in water, sanitation, and international development initiatives. For her demonstrated humanitarian service to BE, the College, and USU, and to NSBE and SWE internationally, as well as her potential for future professional service globally, the BE Department is proud to recognize Maureen Kesaano with the 2015 BE Citizenship Award.