Big Idea: Engineering Graduate Uses Degree in Africa

 

Stewart GoodwinStewart Goodwin, a recent UT graduate, has a big idea for using his mechanical engineering degree to help others: In October, Goodwin will travel to South Sudan, Africa, to assist with and construct water supply projects.

“Mechanical engineers solve problems—why not work on the world’s most important ones?”

Goodwin took part in the Semester at Sea program a year ago. While abroad, he visited Central America and studied engineering in the developing countries.

“That experience opened my eyes to the needs of the world,” Goodwin said.

When Goodwin returned from Semester at Sea, he found his calling. His parents’ church was working with World Harvest Mission, an agency that organizes mission trips, and it was seeking an intern go to Mundri, South Sudan—engineering experience preferred. Goodwin applied for the position and was accepted. He will leave on October 22 and will be gone for six months.

When he gets back from Sudan, Goodwin isn’t clear about what he will do next, but can definitely see himself doing something with a tie to humanitarian work.

“If I see a need, I will give my skills.”

C O N T A C T :

Christine Copelan (ccopela7@utk.edu)

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