I have been working with Dr. Taflanidis' Engineering to Empower (E2E) team to research and develop personal financial education curricula and tools for potential homeowners in Léogâne, Haiti. In Haiti's resource-constrained environment, very few people can afford to build a safe, multi-disaster resilient home. A lack of a formal supportive financing system further restricts all but the wealthy from investing in a safe personal residence. I work to bridge this gap by developing capacity-building tools and curricula for Haitians interested in improving their financial well-being to construct a seismically-sound, reinforced concrete framed home. Last spring, my team launched the Manyèl Finansye Pèsonèl, a 15-week workbook used to track personal finances. This year, we are utilizing insights gathered from this data to continue to develop and prototype tools and curricula.
I received a winter break research grant from the Kellogg Institute last January and travelled to Léogâne with the E2E team to prototype and test financial education tools with local focus groups. I have spent the past two summers working in the construction industry for Kiewit Bridge & Marine and Colony Home Builders. I am the Project Manager of Notre Dame Students Empowering through Engineering Development (NDSEED), a team of undergraduate engineers who design, fundraise, and facilitate the construction of a suspended footbridge in a rural community in Bolivia. I also sings in the Notre Dame Glee Club and serve as the Safety & Risk Management Officer of the Notre Dame Rock Climbing Club.
Sustainability and effectiveness of engineering outreach projects; infrastructure and community development; financial literacy
Research Interests: Infrastructure development, structurally safe housing in the developing world, slum communities, sustainability of engineering outreach projects, household financial literacy, financial behavioral change techniques
Current Research: I am currently working with Engineering 2 Empower and developing a household financial literacy curriculum to assist potential homeowners in Léogâne, Haiti in achieving home ownership.
Financial Literacy Program Implementation
Jan 30, 2017
In January of 2017, I traveled to Léogâne, Haiti to implement a piloted form of Engineering2Empower’s (E2E) new Financial Education Program and collect observations and data for future modification and widespread application of the project.