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Oklahoma State University

CEAT Stuco Rep

Christian Ley


Year and Major

Senior, Biosystems Engineering


In the 2016-2017 school year, I will serve as the CEAT Representative for EWB, the Vice President for ASABE, and the CASNR Representative for Alpha Epsilon. Outside of the classroom, I have embarked on multiple research projects dealing with water quality and renewable energy development. In my free time, I like to bike and run the trails at Lake McMurtry.

Overseas Travel or Work

So far, I have not had the opportunity to go on an EWB trip out of the country. In the summer of 2015, I went to New Orleans to present my research at the annual international meeting for ASABE.  My travels have not taken me out of the country yet, but I frequently visit Colorado, New Mexico, and Virginia to visit family and go on hiking trips.

Why did you get involved with EWB?

The experience that sparked my desire to pursue a career in engineering stemmed from a challenge given by my high school environmental science teacher. She challenged us to design an aquaponics system that would provide a sustainable source of income, nutrition, and clean drinking water for a community in Tharaka, Kenya. After realizing that my future career in engineering had the potential to impact lives, I decided to pursue a major in Biosystems Engineering. By participating in Engineers Without Borders projects, I hope to gain field experience in humanitarian engineering projects, while offering up the skills and expertise that I have developed in my education and in the laboratory. 

What type of work do you want to do after you graduate?

For the past few years, I have been obsessed with the Water4 Foundation’s philosophy, “We do more than charity. We do opportunity.” When I first heard that statement, I was thrilled because of the powerful truth that lies within it. The only way that positive changes can be achieved in developing countries is by teaching the people how to sustain the solutions that we have engineered for them. In keeping with this idea, I would like to develop a similar business model for sustainable energy production in developing countries. My undergraduate research with water quality and renewable energy has laid the foundation for this social venture, and I hope to bring it to life in my graduate studies.