Engineers Without Borders

Rocky Mountain Professional Chapter


Engineers Without Borders

Rocky Mountain Professional Chapter

ABout Us

The Rocky Mountain Professional Chapter of EWB-USA is a group of highly trained and skilled individuals. These professionals include engineers, scientists, policy specialists, attorneys, returned Peace Corps volunteers, public health practitioners, language specialists, project managers, and more.

Our mission is to build a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges.


Community Involvement

Every EWB-RMP project starts with the initiative of the community requesting assistance. RMP’s work begins in developing relationships with our community and NGO partners.


Design & Implementation

RMP works closely with our partners to design appropriate solutions. After these designs are peer-reviewed by expert members of EWB-USA, local community volunteers construct the project with RMP oversight.



The community takes full ownership of the sustainable project as well as responsibility for all operation and maintenance. EWB-RMP and our in-country NGO partners monitor the system and provide guidance to the community if needed in the years following the completion of construction.


Lastest news and updates from RMP.


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Paul Leidig - President

Paul Leidig has volunteered with EWB-USA for over ten years, serving in many roles including president of two chapters, reginal steering committee officer, program manager, and travel team leader. Before joining RMP, his EWB project work focused on vehicular bridges. Paul is a structural engineer in Denver, specializing in crane, heavy lift, and erection procedure engineering for buildings. His experience also includes post-earthquake assessments in New Zealand, new construction design, and historic structure renovation. Mr. Leidig received his M.S. in civil engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his B.S in architectural engineering from the Milwaukee School of Engineering.


Kyle Thompson - Vice President

Kyle received his B.S. in Engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology in 2013.  Kyle interned at the A. B. Jewell Water Treatment Plant in Tulsa, OK and Betasso Water Treatment Plant in Boulder, CO. He received a M.S. in environmental engineering with a graduate certificate in Engineering for Developing Communities from the University of Colorado Boulder.  He has worked with Second Mile Water in Nicaragua and travelled to Bolivia and Peru with Engineers Without Borders. He is currently a PhD candidate at CU Boulder studying greywater treatment utilizing biochar adsorption, biofiltration, chlorination and coagulation.



Arista Hickman - Treasurer and Nepal Program Lead

Arista Hickman is a water resources engineer at DiNatale Water Consultants, a water resources planning and engineering and water rights engineering firm in Boulder.  She received her Civil Engineering Master's degree through the Hydrology, Water Resources, and Environmental Fluid Mechanics program at the University of Colorado. Ms. Hickman worked with the Bureau of Reclamation at the Center for Advanced Decision Support for Water and Environment Systems (CADSWES) and researched changing demands within the Colorado River Basin. During her graduate studies, Arista was a project leader for the University of Colorado's Engineer's Without Borders Nepal project.  She helped implement a constructed wetland and helped design and construct a septic tank for the local hospital in Ilam, Nepal. 


Nicki Seminara - Secretary

Nicki received her Bachelor's degree in environmental engineering from CU Boulder, and more recently her Master's degree in civil engineering with a certificate in Engineering for Developing Communities. She has worked with an NGO called El Porvenir in rural Nicaragua to assess the social, health, and economic impacts of their household latrines and community wells.



David Heinrich - Responsible Engineer in Charge and Treasurer of the Mountain Region Steering Committee

David Heinrich (Dave) finally joined the Rocky Mountain Professionals chapter of EWB in 2014 after many years of intending to do so. He owns his own civil consulting engineering firm called Akamai Design, LLC and has previous experience as the Civil Engineer for the Town of Superior and an associate/project manager for a private civil design consulting firm in Boulder and a land surveyor in both Colorado and Nevada. He received his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000 and his professional engineering license in civil engineering in 2008. 



Jeff Hargis - Guatemala Program Lead

Jeff received his BSEE from The Ohio State University and his Master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Colorado. He worked in computer hardware development at Hewlett Packard for 26 years, as an electrical engineer and engineering manager. Jeff is a certified PMI Project Management Professional. He has traveled to Guatemala with Engineers Without Borders, and has participated in several renewable energy and sustainable building projects at Pine Ridge Indian Reservation with the non-profit Trees, Water & People, where he is also a board member.





Leah Pope - Fundraising Coordinator and GIS Team Lead

Leah Pope, EIT joined EWB RMP in 2016 after moving to Boulder to be a water resources engineer at Lynker Technologies. She currently works on various flood, drought, and climate change analysis through modeling and geospatial techniques. She got her BS in Civil Engineering at Texas Tech University and Joint Master’s in Hydroinformatics and Water Management from the EuroAquae consortium coordinated by the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis. In addition to EWB, Leah also volunteers with Water Youth Network; a global community linking youth in the water sector. She has traveled to Guatemala with Engineers Without Borders and currently acts as fundraising coordinator and GIS team lead.

Colorado State Representative for the Mountain Region Steering Committee

Megan Fessenden is a biomedical engineer with 5+ years of professional experience in the medical device industry. Megan joined EWB in 2016 after moving back to Colorado. She is very excited to be contributing to projects that empower communities and improve peoples standards of living. Megan received her M.S. and B.S. in biomedical engineering from Saint Louis University and Boston University respectively.