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ECOS Member, Emily Reed, wins award for community service

ECOS member, Emily Reed, winning the Benjamin Banneker Award



Engineers for Community Service would like to congratulate ECOS Project Team Leader Emily Reed, who was awarded the Benjamin Banneker Awardfor Combating Poverty in Housing at The Ohio State University's Third Annual Civic Engagement Banquet for her work on the ECOS HES Homeless Shelter Design Team! Thank you Emily for your civic engagement and your dedication to community service!

Read Emily's nomination for the award below:
"Emily Reed is a senior in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Ohio State. She came to OSU ready to dedicate herself to promoting a higher civic and social life. Her first two years was an active member of Humanitarian Engineering Scholars (HES). She also served the community as a member of Engineers for Community Service (ECOS). During her time as an HE Scholar, she served on the HES Leadership Council and organized the first annual HES Homeless Shelter Design Competition, where students design and present ideas for portable shelters for the homeless population of Columbus out of cheap and easy-to-find materials. She felt such passion about the concept that she wanted to take the Design Competition past the idea phase and out onto the streets of Columbus. She also saw the close tie between the mission of HES and ECOS and worked to combine the forces of the two groups to have the resources and volunteers necessary to make a larger impact in the Columbus community. Emily started a brand new project under the umbrella of ECOS that takes the HES Design Competition and makes the designs a reality. The team has partnered with permanent homeless shelters in Columbus to have personal interactions with the people temporarily staying there. The homeless visitors communicated with students about what they would look for or need in a portable sidewalk shelter for nights when they cannot get a spot in a local shelter. The team turned this into a list of design requirements and is working to combine components of previous designs to make the ideal portable shelter. The team has a long-term goal of distributing the shelters, or instructions on how to construct the design with readily available materials, to those in need in the Columbus area. Emily also has participated in engineering projects for service-learning courses to Honduras and Guatemala, extending her reach to improving the lives of others in the greater international community. She empowers the students that she works with to be leaders and independent thinkers, and she humbly attributes the successes and progress of her projects to her motivated and dedicated teams. She is one of the best Engineers for Community Service project team leaders. Emily sets the bar for devotion to her project and effective leadership."