Many students find a love for science through the GLOBE Program. They discover the world around them and make connections and discoveries that they may not have otherwise found. And while their grade school days are limited, their experience with GLOBE is not. Mohamed Elwan, a civil engineer working in water and water quality management, is a great example.
Mohamed is a GLOBE Alumnus who lives and works in Egypt. GLOBE Alumni are former GLOBE students who work with GLOBE Country Coordinators or U.S. Partners to implement GLOBE in their local schools and community. Mohamed joined the GLOBE Program as a student in 2001 and it ignited his passion for environmental science. Because of this passion, he pursued a career in civil engineering where he can use his excitement every day in his career.
Like many others in the environmental sciences, his career has taken many turns. But through it all, he has stayed true to his passion for making a positive impact on the environment. His civil engineering career started through design and building water and waste water tanks. He then transitioned into a position that worked closely with a project at Cairo’s airport and now has settled in as a quality control/quality analyst for a consulting firm who specializes in environmental and infrastructural (such as highway and systems) studies in the Middle East.
Through his work, he has found excitement in knowing that he gets to work in the details of water and waste water projects to make plans that will change people’s lives. As each project differs from the previous, he draws on his experience with GLOBE and his desire to help the environment to make sure each project is completed the right way. He knows that his work is important, as he said “every non-scientist knows how important [water is] to our life.”
And while his GLOBE experience has helped him in his career, becoming a GLOBE Alumnus has presented opportunities that he may not have otherwise experienced. He was able to attend a lecture by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden at the American University in Egypt, visit the Siwa Oasis, and attend the Near East and North Africa Regional Meeting in the Kingdom of Bahrain in 2003. What future opportunities will present themselves to Mohamed? Only time will tell.
Suggested activity: Are you a former GLOBE student who would like to reconnect with the GLOBE Program? Visit the GLOBE website to register as a GLOBE Alumni. If you’ve also pursued additional education or a career as a scientist, consider joining the GLOBE International Scientist Network. You can find more information on criteria for membership here.