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As part of ASU’s Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program, Susanna Young is leading a team of engineering students to design a village for Malawi, Africa, using the retired but durable shipping containers lying idle in ports all over the world. Her team is using engineering technology to create shelter, clean water and healthcare facilities.

“The idea is to create a village out of these containers where the Malawians, particularly disabled people and women, will receive quality health care and learn vocational skills such as making wind turbines out of local materials,” says Young.

Young received the award as the most outstanding student in EPICS last year. “Susanna has an enthusiasm for making the world a better place, and the talent to back it up,” says Richard Filley, director of EPICS. “She’s an outstanding student, very refreshing. It’s exciting to watch her team work, to see these kinds of things happen.”

She took summer study abroad in France through Barrett, and she has been active in the Fulton Undergraduate Research Initiative and in the student section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. She carries a 4.0 GPA and enjoys her classes so much that she has a hard time deciding which have been her favorites.

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