Gustavo Eidji Camarinha Fujiwara, Advisor, is finishing his B.S. degree in Mechanical/Aerospace, which included study at the University of San Paulo, Brazil and at the Aerospace Engineering Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and expects to graduate in 2011. Gustavo started volunteering in 2002 with a group that provided educational activities for children at local daycare centers. In 2004, he founded an NGO with six other friends to provide supplies (hygienic products and non-perishable food) and educational/recreational programming to daycare centers, orphanages, and elderly centers. In 2007, he joined Poli-Cidadã (a group that inspires engineering students to help poor communities) and subsequently implemented a recycling, material reuse, and environmental education program that benefited the indigenous Terena tribe within the village of Lalima (Brazil). His efforts to bring long-term solutions to the environmental problems of this area earned him an NWP Apprentice Ecologist scholarship in 2008. He has since continued his volunteer work by becoming involved with MIT's Global Poverty Initiative and International Development Design Summit, including work to develop a pico-hydroelectric power project to provide electricity in remote regions of Central America. In 2010, he joined Um Teto Para Meu País (A House to My Country) to help build emergency houses for families in extreme need, living in slums near Sao Paulo. Gustavo's dream is to pursue a career in the aeronautics industry (by designing efficient aircraft that use cleaner fuels and are less harmful to the environment) while also using his professional skills and influence to build a more ecologically sustainable world with no poverty.
Holli Monroe, Advisor, is currently pursuing a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, with a technical concentration in Energy and the Environment, at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York, USA. To date, she has held professional jobs at the New York Independent System Operator (Rensselaer, New York), John V. Warren Inc. (Green Island, New York), and Harris Corporation (Rochester, New York). Upon graduation, her goal is to work in the alternative energy sector. Holli is a past NWP Apprentice Ecologist scholarship recipient for her work funding, developing, and teaching an alternative energy curriculum to school-aged children in Shenendehowa Middle Schools (Clifton Park, New York) during 2007. Holli is presently serving her second year as the co-leader of a young Girl Scout troop, which marks the continuation of 13 years in scouting herself. Holli is also an active contributor to the RIT Honors Program, Women in Engineering at RIT, and the Society of Women Engineers at RIT.
Timothy Voskuil, Advisor, is currently employed as a business analyst at PNM Resources, an energy holding company in the American Southwest. Tim is an active member of the Albuquerque, New Mexico community and has had a long-standing commitment to improving the quality of life in this region. He has served as a judge for the Baldridge National Quality Awards for many years and has taken an interest in helping local nonprofits achieve their mission through effective management. The goal of the Baldridge Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) is to help all organizations (including nonprofits) improve their operations through key management areas (e.g., leadership, strategic planning, process management, and results). Drawing on his extensive background with PNM and BPEP, Tim assisted us in developing a more comprehensive NWP Strategic Plan in 2011. Tim has also been a judge of the NWP Apprentice Ecologist Awards since 2009 and helped us develop a more quantitative criteria-based rating system for choosing the winners. In addition to his commitment to improving the quality of the Nicodemus Wilderness Project and our programs, Tim also regularly volunteers for local environmental restoration projects (through our partnership with the City of Albuquerque, Open Space Division) in the Sandia Mountain Foothills and Rio Grande Bosque.