Kelly Barb, originally from Sewell, NJ is a lifelong volunteer with passions for education, personal and professional development, and community capacity building. Kelly developed these passions through her experiences in international humanitarian development, including as a Project Lead for Engineers Without Borders in El Salvador, as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea, West Africa during the 2014 Ebola outbreak, and as the co-chair of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ Global Societal Initiatives Committee. In 2017, Kelly had the opportunity to share her knowledge at ten speaking engagements around the country with topics including “Engineering for the Developing World,” “Surviving Your 20’s,” and “Developing Personally and Professionally through Volunteer Work.” Previously, in 2010-2015, Kelly had 20 speaking engagements related exclusively to her work with Engineers Without Borders at Rowan University.
At the local level, Kelly served on the Board of Directors for Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity, on the Board of Directors for the Rowan University Alumni Association, as a mentor for Rowan University’s Attracting Women into Engineering program, as a NJ Certified Volunteer Domestic Violence Response Team/Confidential Sexual Violence Advocate for SERV-Center for Family Services, and as a science fair judge at Oldmans Township School. Currently, Kelly serves as the Intern Manager for NJ Aid for Animals.
Kelly was the recipient of the Volunteer Center of South Jersey’s Distinguished Youth Service Award in 2013. She received Recognizing Excellence in Volunteerism (REV) grant awards both in 2016 and 2017 from her employer, PSE&G, including the top individual award in 2017.
Kelly studied Chemical Engineering and Spanish at Rowan University and recently completed Rowan’s MBA program. She is employed as a Senior Engineer at Amtrak in Philadelphia, PA. In her spare time Kelly enjoys traveling, attending classical ballet performances, and working on her 198-year-old home in Historic Bristol Borough, PA.
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- Engineers Without Borders (EWB) at Rowan University is a student-led organization that combines skills learned in the university classroom with real world experience, channeling the passion and knowledge of students to partner with communities in developing nations to solve engineering problems. In doing so, students learn civic responsibility, heighten their social awareness, and become actively contributing citizens of communities in both the United States and around the world. Students also learn skills that apply to the workplace, including project and team management, planning and organization, communication, fundraising and budgets, engineering "on the ground," and knowledge transfer. The Rowan EWB chapter partnered with the residents of La Ceiba, El Salvador to construct household biosand filters to achieve the ultimate goal of providing potable drinking water for the community. The purpose of this paper is threefold: (1) describe the Rowan Engineering Clinic course sequence, used to prepare and award credit to students working on EWB projects; (2) describe the La Ceiba project, focusing on the process used to identify and implement the ultimate solution; and (3) provide information on the household biosand filters that could be useful to other service organizations. As of January 2013, 54 filters have been installed. The filter recipients are satisfied and able to maintain their filters, with a notable self-reported decrease in water-related illness. Some filters cracked, and even leaked, but the local concrete vendor worked with residents to make repairs. Iterations in the filter box design have reduced the cracking problem. Community residents are maintaining their own filters.
- PSEG Recognizing Excellence in Volunteerism (REV) Award 2017 - Award of Achievement (highest individual award), which included a $3,000 grant for involvement with AIChE-GSIC
- PSEG Recognizing Excellence in Volunteerism (REV) Award 2016 - Award of Merit, which included a $1,000 grant for involvement with New Jersey Aid for Animals
- 2013 Distinguished Youth Service Award of the Volunteer Center of South Jersey (http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2013/10/gloucester_countys_greatest_volunteers_honored_at_spirit_of_community_awards_dinner.html)
- Robert D. Bole Humanitarian Graduation Medallion Award, May 2013, Rowan University
- Legacy Award for Leadership, May 2012, Rowan University
- Most Promising Volunteer, 2010, Robin's Nest
- John Green Memorial Community Service Award finalist, October 2009, Rowan University