Jamie Urban, is a brand-new 2015 graduate. A mechanical engineering bachelor’s degree propelled Urban to fulfill her dreams of making the world a better place through engineering.
Earlier this summer, she began interning in New Delhi, India, with Engineering Ministries International, an organization that provides engineering services for those with ministries in developing countries. Urban is also pursuing an opportunity with the International Justice Mission starting in January 2016, in Kampala, Uganda where she would be working with the country’s investigations team to help widows and orphans who are victims of injustice. During her undergraduate career, Urban volunteered yearly at Hope Mission Home, a children’s home in southeastern India, and took numerous mission trips to India, Guatemala, and Mexico. She was on the board for a new nonprofit organization whose mission is to serve the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of highly marginalized and destitute subpopulations in underdeveloped and developing nations. In addition, Urban continuously raised money in collaboration with her sorority sisters, for a Kolkata, India-based company that employs survivors of sex trafficking, teaching them how to create sustainable incomes for themselves.
When asked why she chose to pursue mechanical engineering, Urban shared a memory of when she and her family visited a children’s home in India and her dad, a mechanical engineer, designed and installed a solar-powered system for the home, providing on-demand lighting. That was when she decided to pursue engineering and to use her degree to directly help the world.