SJA Alum in Action
By: Dr. Rose Davidson, STEM Coordinator
Alumna Ellen Lucchesi ’15 has carried the CSJ Charism and her STEM expertise to Bolivia as a part of the ETHOS, Engineers in Technical Humanitarian Opportunities of Service Learning program at the University of Dayton.
The ETHOS program provides engineering students with “immersion experiences that change their lives as they use their technical know-how and community-building skills to improve the quality of life for others.”
Ellen, who is a mechanical engineering student at University of Dayton, spent 10 weeks in La Paz, in the Andes mountains working with Funprobo, an organization that makes low-cost prosthetics for amputees unable to afford more advanced solutions. She assisted in producing prosthetic limbs, specifically through creating and assembling molds and feet, and through promoting the organization on social media. Ellen states that “working at Funprobo provided me with a transformed view of engineering, the world, and the human race."
“When I saw a child playing soccer with her new leg, it was truly a glimpse of God,” Ellen told University of Dayton trustees after presenting a documentary about her life changing experiences in La Paz. Plans are being made for Ellen to come back to St. Joe to speak with students about how her faith and STEM intersected during this experience.
St. Joseph’s Academy is a private, Catholic high school for girls in St. Louis, Missouri, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. Our mission is to provide quality Catholic education for young women in an environment that challenges them to grow in faith, knowledge, and respect for self and others. Our community expects these young women to make a profound impact in the world.