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Ethan Cotton Travels to Morocco for Engineers Without Borders Mission

Douglas Gonzalez

Following up on his successful trip to Rwanda last year, Ethan Cotton, Associate (pictured above in orange) once again served with Engineers Without Borders (EWB) on an international charity mission. This year, together with students from the Columbia University Engineers Without Borders Chapter, he and a team of fellow engineers traveled to the commune of Ait Bayoud in Morocco to construct a solar-powered water distribution system that will provide the local community with potable running water year-round.

In January, Ethan was named one of 2019's Top Young Professionals by ENR-NY for his exemplary leadership and contributions in the industry. In addition to his involvement with EWB, Ethan plays an active role with SEAoNY and provides lectures to architects preparing for the ARE exam.

You can also read more about last year's Rwanda mission here: Preparation, Arrival and Construction.

Workers saw through rebar on site.

Ethan battles 20 mph winds at the beach on a day off.

The locals treat the team to a traditional afternoon meal consisting of mint tea, bread, homemade butter and honey.

The tank structure begins to take shape.

The team poses with local members of the community at the construction site.

Local community members pose atop the completed structure.

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