In 1991, Chris McCartin, a new civil engineering graduate, moved to the Bayano region of Panama for 18 month to help build a water-supply system for a Catholic missionary priest he had never met.
So began Villanova Engineering’s relationship with Father Wally "Padre Pablo" Kasuboski and his Cheypo Bayano Mission. Twenty-five years later, 15,000 local residents have access to fresh, potable water year round thanks to the efforts of more than 100 Villanova engineering students and faculty. Other projects have included building chapels, schools and roads.
Today, much of Villanova’s work in this Panama region involves:
- Development of a sustainable water resources master plan, including dams and reservoirs
- Vado culvert bridge design
- Primary school design
To provide additional support for the needs of these communities, Villanova engineering teams have established relationships with a number of organizations in Panama, including two engineering schools, one architectural school and the City of Knowledge non-profit organization.