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Meet Ajay Singh of Engineers for a Sustainable World in La Jolla

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ajay Singh.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
Engineers for a Sustainable World – UC San Diego was founded in 2010. Since our founding, we have now grown to over 200 active members, roughly 15 projects split among 3 categories (Solar, Water & Energy, and Resource Management), 3 Committees (Public Relations, Finance, and Community Affairs), and a recently renovated Research and Development Team. Throughout the years, at least as long as I’ve been involved, we’ve also tried adding more social events to gain a larger sense of community within the org. We go on quarterly camping trips, do things like Secret Santa, and have plenty of hiking and beach days.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Starting a chapter is never easy. The team spent many, many hours drafting the constitution over many sleepless nights. Even once ratified, getting initial projects started and members to join was also a difficult task. Now though, we have a solid foundation for recruitment and have been steadily increasing in membership every year.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Engineers for a Sustainable World – what should we know?
ESW, Engineers for a Sustainable World, is a student run non-profit project based organization currently with about 15 active projects, 3 committees, and a Research and Development Team. Our largest project as of now is Triton Solar Car which has over 40 members and raised over $70,000 in funding last year. They are trying to design and build a completely functional solar powered car to race in different competitions at the end of the year. The biggest strength of our organization is that we appeal to all majors, even non engineering ones. Aside from the projects, we also do outreach to local schools and industries. We have a single day of the year, SSOD (Student Sustainability Outreach Day), where we invite roughly 80 high school students interested in STEM to learn more about sustainability and college with different workshops, activities, and a school tour.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Philanthropy. ESW’s mission is to bring communities together to develop, implement, and share sustainable technologies and practices worldwide.

Taken from our Constitution (Our values):Safety – Engineers for a Sustainable World at University of California, San Diego values the safety of its members, projects, and stakeholders above all else.

Greater Good – In striving for a worldwide era of sustainability, Engineers for a Sustainable World at University of California, San Diego places great value on achieving a healthy planet for all living things. A thriving, enduring environment must come before short term profits.

Personal Integrity – Engineers for a Sustainable World at University of California, San Diego values a strong sense of personal integrity. We value objective truthfulness and building Engineers for a Sustainable World at University of California, San Diego’s reputation on merit. We expect each member to act in such a manner as to uphold and enhance the honor and dignity of Engineers for a Sustainable World at University of California, San Diego.

Active Progress – Engineers for a Sustainable World at University of California, San Diego values aggressive action that makes significant progress towards a sustainable world. Each of our efforts shall work to address a serious problem.

Teamwork – Engineers for a Sustainable World at University of California, San Diego values a strong team ethic. We strive for all our members to be open and communicative, while treating others with respect. In addition, all teams within Engineers for a Sustainable World at University of California, San Diego work through the organization to strive for greater outcomes.

Measurable Accomplishments – Engineers for a Sustainable World at University of California, San Diego values measurable accomplishments and project completion. When we set forth to accomplish a project, we place our full support behind achieving the greatest possible outcome.

Education and Learning – Engineers for a Sustainable World at University of California, San Diego members value their educational opportunities and seek to continue their professional development. In addition, they value the opportunity to return the service of education by mentoring, tutoring, and aiding the professional and personal development of those under their supervision.

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