Humanitarian of the Year - COE Undergrad Jena Martino a FSU Presidential award honoree
Jena Martino, the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering nominee for Humanitarian of the Year, was highly recommended for this honor by civil engineering professor, Raphael Kampmann.
Professor Kampmann remarked, "I met Jena Martino through my work as faculty advisor for Engineers Without Borders. Jena has been a member of the club for many years, and became president last year. Jena is the driving force behind our EWB projects because she pushes the greater goal of our nonprofit humanitarian organization. She truly builds a better world through engineering projects that empower communities to meet their basic human needs."
Jena has worked on projects in Central America since joining the FAMU-FSU Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders. Her senior engineering design project is a schoolhouse for the village of La Cantun II in Guatemala. Her project was adopted by the FAMU-FSU EWB group which hopes to have it completely built next year.
An FSU senior in civil and environmental engineering, Jena culminates her three-year involvement with Engineers Without Borders as President of her student chapter. Through EWB, she has helped develop sustainable engineering solutions with communities in Panama and Guatemala.
"I’m really honored to be part of this organization," Martino said. "It’s allowed me to take what I’m learning in the classroom out into the global community and use my engineering skills to help people."
Jena goes well beyond academic concepts to implement something real and useful for the community in Guatemala.
"Jena is very dedicated to the Guatemala project, along with the other members of the Engineers Without Borders student chapter," said Dr. Michelle Rambo-Roddenberry, an associate professor in civil and environmental engineering at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. "Jena has been involved in all aspects, from fundraising to site visits to structural design. She is sensitive to the community's needs and is working very hard to help bring the project to fruition. Jena is a gem of a student in so many ways."
Professor Kampmann added, "Jena clearly thrives under the challenges she faces as President of EWB, taking responsibility for every part of the design process of each project. However, her biggest driving force behind any project is her desire to help others, her focus on the greater good. It is very refreshing to work with a student like Jena, because she never fails to impress and inspire others through her selfless dedication."
FSU students honored for commitment to service at President’s Humanitarian Luncheon by Paige Rentz, Susan Hansen, March 23, 2017