Meet our volunteers

Claire's Stewardship: Engineers Without Borders

Claire Ross

  • Joined Bechtel in 2011
  • Helped establish the Bechtel EWB UK branch in London in 2012
  • Active in the EWB Global Working Group
  • Masters of Engineering - Civil Engineering, University of Nottingham
  • Field engineer on Crossrail and Reading project.

Claire Rose is a structural engineer on the Civil Crossrail and Reading project. She joined Bechtel almost two years ago after earning a Master of Engineering degree in civil engineering from the University of Nottingham. As a member of Bechtel's Engineers Without Borders global working group, Claire helps promote this Signature Program by sharing best practices, planning and participating in activities, and increasing awareness. In September 2012, Claire helped establish the Bechtel EWB-UK branch in London.

What type of volunteer work do you do for EWB?

I work with Bechtel’s EWB project and country leads throughout the world to help them get their branches established, drive engagement, and develop relationships with EWB in their respective locations. Before I joined Bechtel, I was the training officer for the University of Nottingham EWB branch, and I organized residential training weekends and other educational events for students and young professionals traveling overseas with EWB.

What have you found most surprising about your experience to date?

Everyone expects that EWB volunteer work is all about traveling overseas. It’s not! But there is a lot of work that needs to be done to prepare for overseas EWB projects. There is, in fact, a wide range of volunteer opportunities available. I have not traveled abroad with EWB, but I have been actively involved with the training and operational side of the overseas projects, which has better suited my needs and fit in well with my other commitments. 

Bechtel-EWB: Sirohi India

What’s the most rewarding part of being an EWB volunteer?

You get such a great sense of camaraderie. When you are all working together toward shared objectives, there’s a feeling that you’re all in it together, even if you’re struggling. You also get to meet so many young professionals―not solely from Bechtel, but throughout the industry.

What challenges have you overcome in your role?

One of the biggest challenges is finding the time for this volunteer work in addition to doing my day job, especially because I work in a customer-facing environment. On the Crossrail and Reading project we work with the customer as an integrated team.

What’s the most important lesson you have learned?

I’ve learned that you can come up with a great solution, but if you can’t get everyone’s support, it’s very difficult to deliver that idea. 

How has your EWB volunteer work helped with your professional career?

It’s developed my presentation skills and made me approach problems more holistically. Being able to think outside the box to solve problems, which I have learned by being an EWB volunteer, is really useful at work.

Engineers Without Borders
Engineers Without Borders works with local nonprofit partners and disadvantaged communities in nearly 50 countries to implement simple, sustainable engineering programs that help a community develop its human potential. Bechtel has established partnerships with EWB organizations in five countries: Australia, Chile, India, the United Kingdom, and the United States.