Team Brazil, 2015 Intern Team Brazil

The 2015 Brazilian Intern Team

One Community thanks Team Brazil for contributing their time and energy towards helping to create a better world. In total, there were 50 different Brazilian interns that worked with us in 2015. A tremendous amount of work was accomplished thanks to everyone that was a part of what affectionately became known as “Team Brazil,” a group that included Engineering, Architecture, Computer Science, and Graphic Design students. Here are the details of this team:

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Matheus Manfredini, Civil Engineering, Civil Engineer, Urban Planning, Urban Planner, One Community Partner, One Community ConsultantMatheus Manfredini – 4th-year Civil Engineering Student, 2015 Overall Intern Team Lead, and Urban Design Coordinator: Matheus is a Brazilian Civil Engineering student with a passion for urban development, transportation and traffic engineering. A highly motivated professional demonstrating a self-starter attitude, excellent leadership and problem solving skills, outstanding communication skills, and a keen ability to organize complex tasks earned Matheus the role of Team Lead. Synergistic with his Overall Team Lead role and his passion for urban development, Matheus coordinated the total property design and layout including road/transportation infrastructure, placement of all seven village models, the Duplicable City Centerfood infrastructure planning, and all other key elements.

Antonio José Zambianco - 4th-year Civil Engineering StudentAntonio Zambianco – 4th-year Civil Engineering Student, Structural Team Lead: Antonio speaks three languages, including Portuguese (native), English (fluent) and Spanish (advanced) and presents a spirit of leadership, ease in communication (and teamwork), and knowledge of essential design and calculation softwares like Ftool, AutoCAD, Revit and SAP2000. Always very religious, Antonio grew up with the desire to help people and saw One Community as an opportunity to further apply this desire. He brought his knowledge of Structural Engineering, an area in which he has given specific emphasis and completed important related research, and his will to make the world a better place through eco-sustainability to the 2015 One Community Intern Team. Antonio’s primary areas of focus included structural calculations and design assistance for both the Duplicable City Center and the Earthbag Village structures.

Diogo Augusto Rodrigues Rozada-4th-year Civil Engineering StudentDiogo Rozada – 4th-year Civil Engineering Student and Hydraulics Team Lead: Diogo is a Civil Engineering student from Brazil with a focus on hydraulic/electrical design and sustainable development. Diogo shares One Community’s values of sustainability, people over profit and communication around the world. He wants to create a better environment for all and is collaborating with dedication and enthusiasm to increase his knowledge and networking and also improve himself as an engineer for when he returns to Brazil. As a 2015 One Community Intern, Diogo lead the Hydraulics Team with a focus on the Tropical Atrium heat and water recycling, the Duplicable City Center, and 7 Sustainable Village Models.

Erika Yumi Tamashiro, Architecture and Urban DesignErika Yumi Tamashiro – 4th-year Architecture and Urban Design Student and 2015 Architecture Intern Team Lead: Erika has been interested in environmental control and sustainable design since her first year in college. She has experience in consultancy for green buildings and in academic researches related to daylight analysis and to the Kyoto Protocol mechanisms. She also travelled to Germany to participate in a business plan competition related to innovation and urban mobility. As a member of the 2015 One Community Team Brazil, Erika brought her passion for architecture and her desire to contribute to the development of a new way of living that reduces our footprint in the world. Her focus was in leading the design and presentation details for the Highest Good housing component and seven sustainable village models.

Fabio RodriquesFabio Rodrigues – 3rd-year Electrical Engineering student and 2015 Electrical Team Lead: Fabio is a Brazilian student and Mobility Program grantee who attended the New York Institute of Technology in New York City. His Native language is Portuguese and he also speaks fluent English. Fabio has developed skills in softwares including AutoCad, SolidWorks, MatLab, and C++. Back in Brazil he taught basic computer usage classes for poor children. As a member of the 2015 One Community team and the Electrical Intern Team Lead, Fabio brought his great desire to learn while helping with the creation of residential control systems, electrical designs and schematics for sustainable housing in all 7 sustainable village models and the Duplicable City Center.

Igor CastroIgor Castro – 3rd-year Management Information Systems Student, 2015 Overall Intern Team Lead and a Manager for the Highest Good Network: Igor is a Brazilian student from Rio de Janeiro who attended Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania as an exchange student. He speaks three language (Portuguese, English, and Spanish), and has developed skills in Programming Languages (C, C++, Java, Pascal), Database, Systems Analysis, Information Management, Data Analysis, Project Management, and moreBack in Brazil, Igor participated in a project called SACIS whose objective is to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, availability, and authenticity of the information and documents sent to the recipient and inter-operability between different operational systems. Since he began college, Igor has tried to make a difference, aiming to live in a better world. This desire for the world to improve is also what motivated Igor to use his skills working on software development for the Highest Good Network application and One Community.

Mayke BalbinoMayke Balbino – 5th-year Architecture and Urban Design Student and 2015 Duplicable City Center Development Lead: Mayke is a Brazilian Architecture and Urban Design student with an internship and full-time position experience in two Brazilian construction companies. His last position was Engineer’s Assistant in which he worked with the construction management of the Shopping Vila Velha, a massive shopping mall in the city of Vila Velha, Brazil. Mayke’s work experience includes managing a team of over 50 workers, controlling buildings’ construction progress, researching construction cost elimination/budgeting, supervising site preparation and installation of plumbing systems, supervising preparation of site-cast concrete, etc. With years of college and job experience, including time spent as an exchange student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Mayke has developed skills in team-work, diverse and complex project management, organization, materials, etc. and proficiency in software such as Autodesk AutoCAD, Revit and Vasari, Google SketchUp, and Microsoft Project. His passion and experiences with construction inspired him to start his research about saving time, money and developing sustainable actions on construction sites, which was the focus of his graduation thesis and his position as the 2015 Duplicable City Center Development Lead.

Renata Harumi Maehara, 4th-year Civil Engineering Student and Lead Drafter/DesignerRenata Maehara – 4th-year Civil Engineering Student and 2015 Lead Drafter: Renata recently studied at California State University, Long Beach as an exchange student. She speaks three languages; Portuguese (native), English (advanced) and French (intermediate). During her high school she did a Technical Civil Construction course with habilitation on Management, Architectural Projecting and Rationalization of the construction. This course introduced Renata to the construction area and had her working as an intern draftsman in an architecture office for one year before entering college. This experience improved her skills in teamwork, planning, organization and AutoCAD, Revit, and 3D Max softwares. It also gave Renata the opportunity to interact with professionals in the construction field and it amplified her interest and knowledge in this area. This influenced Renata to make Civil Construction Sustainability her priority of studies from the beginning of college. As a volunteer member of the 2015 One Community Intern Team, Renata saw the opportunity to learn and gain more professional and personal experience while applying her knowledge helping with the design and development of the Duplicable City Center and the Cob Village.

ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING TEAM

Erika Yumi Tamashiro, Architecture and Urban DesignErika Yumi Tamashiro – 4th-year Architecture and Urban Design Student and 2015 Architecture Intern Team Lead: Erika has been interested in environmental control and sustainable design since her first year in college. She has experience in consultancy for green buildings and in academic researches related to daylight analysis and to the Kyoto Protocol mechanisms. She also travelled to Germany to participate in a business plan competition related to innovation and urban mobility. As a member of the 2015 One Community Team Brazil, Erika brought her passion for architecture and her desire to contribute to the development of a new way of living that reduces our footprint in the world. Her focus was in leading the design and presentation details for the Highest Good housing component and seven sustainable village models.

Diana Couto Vieira-4th-year Architecture and Urban Planning StudentDiana Vieira – 4th-year Architecture and Urban Planning Student: Diana is a Brazilian student on her last year of graduation. She is interested in green architecture, sustainability, landscape architecture and planning. Diana spent her childhood on a farm which made her a nature lover. Her passion for bio-architecture came when she participated in a permaculture and bio construction workshop, and when she visited a couple eco-villages in Brazil. Her background includes one year as an intern with a construction company and also another year as an academic trainee in a research group of urban morphology, which allowed her to co-work, improve her ability on AutoCAD and Revit, and her communication, analyzation and research skills. Diana really believes the practice of goodness, the sharing of positive values, and a harmonious connection with nature is the best way to achieve healthly living. She loves traveling and its infinite possibilities to get inspired through discovering new places and cultures. As a member of the 2015 One Community team, Diana’s focus was on the design and development of the seven village models.

Flavia Galimberte BozedaFlávia Galimberte Bozeda – 5th-year Architecture and Interior Design Student: Flávia believes that architecture is not just to create functional and aesthetically attractive spaces and buildings, but also to give users positive sensations and feelings, which create memories. With a background working with interior design for two years, she discovered her passion for colors, materials and furniture. For Flávia, interior design is an important link for architecture and the user, making architecture more human. Although she has a high knowledge with softwares like AutoCAD, Revit, 3DsMax, SketchUp and Rhino, Flávia prefers to be surrounded by markers, pens and colored pencils. From a big metropolis in Brazil, her interest in sustainable design emerged by noticing how people waste material and she wishes to recreate the relationship between man and the environment. As a member of the 2015 One Community design team, Flávia worked on the interior design and layout specifics of village models 2-7.

Pedro BorbaPedro Borba – 4th-year Architecture and Urban Planning Student: Because Pedro was born and raised in São Paulo, the largest city in the southern hemisphere and in his words, “an urban laboratory needing changes,” he developed a passion for urban issues and designing for people. At the University of São Paulo (USP), a public university in Brazil, Pedro had the opportunity to integrate team projects with social and sustainable awareness, which raised his passion and belief in the potentiality of design for improving people’s lives. The experience of four years as an undergraduate student, an internship, and an exchange to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), allowed him to develop his creativity, hand-craft and digital skills (which include proficiency in many softwares, such as AutoCAD, Revit, 3DS Max, Sketchup, Archicad, ArcGIS and the Adobe Creative Suite). As a member of the 2015 One Community team, Pedro contributed to the 7 Sustainable Village Models as they are projects he saw as beneficial, useful, and presenting the perspective of designers who intend to change many minds.

Raquel de Oliveira Alves Raquel de Oliveira Alves – 3rd-year Architecture and Urban Planning Student: Raquel is a Brazilian student who has 3 years experience studying Architecture and Urban Planning. She has worked with architects in her city doing freelance work and projects that have intensely developed her skills with 3D modeling softwares like Sketchup, Revit, 3DS Max and AutoCAD. Raquel’s passion is visual representations of projects, seeing this is as important as the concept and the creation part of the project. Working in groups is another skill that Raquel excels at, with almost all of her projects in Brazil being made with a team. She likes to share ideas and learn with others. Studying Urban Design in 2014 at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) has added to her passion for design and she won 2nd Place in a competition, “Urban Cities Competition,” transforming abandoned grain silos into usable, energy efficient, and versatile living spaces. Focusing on sustainability and recycling to create and develop ideas, Raquel helped develop and create beautiful visualizations of village models 4-7.

Renata Harumi Maehara, 4th-year Civil Engineering Student and Lead Drafter/DesignerRenata Maehara – 4th-year Civil Engineering Student and 2015 Lead Drafter: Renata recently studied at California State University, Long Beach as an exchange student. She speaks three languages; Portuguese (native), English (advanced) and French (intermediate). During her high school she did a Technical Civil Construction course with habilitation on Management, Architectural Projecting and Rationalization of the construction. This course introduced Renata to the construction area and had her working as an intern draftsman in an architecture office for one year before entering college. This experience improved her skills in teamwork, planning, organization and AutoCAD, Revit, and 3D Max softwares. It also gave Renata the opportunity to interact with professionals in the construction field and it amplified her interest and knowledge in this area. This influenced Renata to make Civil Construction Sustainability her priority of studies from the beginning of college. As a volunteer member of the 2015 One Community Intern Team, Renata saw the opportunity to learn and gain more professional and personal experience while applying her knowledge helping with the design and development of the Duplicable City Center and the Cob Village.

Samantha Amarante FreitasSamantha Freitas – 3rd-year Architecture and Interior Design Student: Samantha enrolled in a five-year architecture and urban planning program, and participated in a one-year exchange program at Savannah College of Art and Design. Samantha has worked as a volunteer since high school and also has a degree in Linguistics. She is looking to improve her skills not only in architecture but also in interior design because she thinks architecture should be thorough and designed harmoniously with interior design thinking. Samantha advocates that design be accessible to all, creating a more beautiful, healthy, and sustainable world. As a member of the 2015 One Community design team Samantha worked on the 7 Sustainable Village Models. She was excited to put into practice everything she believes about accessible design while learning with designers and collaborators from many areas.

Sarah Daher Kobata Felippe, Architect and 1st-year Masters of Urban Design StudentSarah Felippe – Architect and 1st-year Masters of Urban Design Student: Sarah is an architect and urbanist for the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and was recently enrolled in the Master of Urban Design program at Savannah College of Art and Design. She is a Portuguese native speaker, has fluency in English, and has intermediate studies in Spanish and French. Having developed diverse experience in the field of architecture through working not only for related firms, but also for companies that specialize in historic preservation, public transportation and civil engineering. She is very concerned with issues of infrastructure in urban centers and how those integrate with user-centered design initiatives. During her undergraduate studies, Sarah was a volunteer in the project CREA+ where she taught math classes to elementary school students, and was in the organization Um Teto Para Meu Pais, where she built temporary houses for low-income families living in conditions of poverty. Sarah believes that simplicity and vernacular methods sometimes are more efficient tools to achieve good design solutions, and, being a volunteer for One Community in 2015, she continued her interest for building a knowledge that can be developed and shared by an entire community as she contributed to the designs and development of all seven of the sustainable village models.

Sayonara Batista de OliveiraSayonara Batista de Oliveira – 4th-year Architecture and Urban Planning Student: Sayonara is an undergraduate student enrolled in the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program at Portland State University. In Brazil, she studies at Federal University of Campina Grande. Before starting college, Sayonara took classes to learn how to use AutoCAD, which gave to her a great amount of knowledge about the software. One year later, she had the opportunity to be a teaching assistant at her university where she offered support to other students that were gaining experience with AutoCAD. Always desiring to help, Sayonara participated as a volunteer in the organization of several events in her college. In addition, she was part of a scientific research group about the free spaces of her city, called “Free spaces in Campina Grande: a vista of the landscaping in the city.” Her passion for the environment related to architecture and urbanism became stronger during this research. Sayonara realized that the cities and buildings could act like great agents to modify the spaces and incorporate sustainability in the plans. Living and studying for almost 1 year in Portland, Oregon (one of the most sustainable cities in America) she took many classes related to environmental issues, and saw how great the benefits are for people when the spaces incorporate green infrastructure, and are planned with concern for nature. Sayonara used her architecture and urban planning skills to build better spaces that improve quality of life while preserving the environment for future generations. As a member of the 2015 One Community team, Sayonara helped with sustainable construction method research, design, drafting, and rendering for all seven of the sustainable village models.

Thais EustaquioThaís Eustaquio – 5th-year Architect Student at Salvador University: Originally from Salvador, Brazil, Thaís enrolled in the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program at the Savannah College of Art and Design, in Georgia. When Thaís was three years old she spoke for the first time what she wanted to be: Architect. Since then, she has studied to become a good professional. She has advanced knowledge in Adobe programs (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, After Effects), AutoCad, Revit and 3DS Max. Thaís has participated as a volunteer working with children since high school – she planned activities that had the purpose of showing the importance of sustainability, such as making toys from recycled materials and organizing activities in contact with nature. Thaís believes in the value of nature and all the benefits that it brings to society. As a member of the 2015 One Community team, Thaís helped with the design and development of all seven sustainable village models.

Victor Moura OliveiraVictor Oliveira 3rd-year Architecture and Urban Planning Student: Victor is an undergraduate student from Universidade Federal de Viçosa in Brazil, and he always designs with a focus on functionality, aesthetics, and sustainability. Since he was a child, Victor always had an interest in building things and changing spaces. When his older brother was admitted to a course of Architecture and showed Victor the world of architecture, he decided to study Architecture and Urban Planning, too. In college, Victor discovered his passion for 3D modeling and technical drawings. He recognized that making people understand and visualize the project idea is as important as designing it and developed a wide variety of software knowledge including Revit, AutoCAD, 3DsMax, Illustrator, and Photoshop. Victor also enjoys working groups, and in Viçosa he once lived with three other architecture students, which contributed to his development and experience through collaborative exchange and suggestions on the projects everyone was working on. Coming from a big city in Brazil, Victor became interested in sustainability when he saw people wasting natural resources and clearing forests. Victor believes that in order to improve the quality of life man needs nature and must take care of it. He brought this belief and his passion for design and visualization to the 2015 design team working on the 7 Sustainable Village Models.

ELECTRICAL AND CONTROL SYSTEMS TEAM

Fabio RodriquesFabio Rodrigues – 3rd-year Electrical Engineering student and 2015 Electrical Team Lead: Fabio is a Brazilian student and Mobility Program grantee who attended the New York Institute of Technology in New York City. His Native language is Portuguese and he also speaks fluent English. Fabio has developed skills in softwares including AutoCad, SolidWorks, MatLab, and C++. Back in Brazil he taught basic computer usage classes for poor children. As a member of the One Community team and the Electrical Intern Team Lead, Fabio brought his great desire to learn while helping with the creation of residential control systems, electrical designs and schematics for sustainable housing in all 7 sustainable village models and the Duplicable City Center.

Guilherme Arbex CampolinaGuilherme Campolina – 4th-year Civil Engineering Student: Guilherme speaks three languages (native Portuguese, fluent English and advanced Spanish) and considers himself a very communicative person, with a big sense of humor, excellent leadership and a desire to always push through his own limits. Guilherme has almost 3 years of experience in different areas of civil engineering, working in Brazil. His last job experience was a 1-year internship working with planning and control of large-scale buildings, including data management in a software called ‘’ControlQ.’’ He is passionate about sustainable and heavy (large-scale) construction because he believes that sustainability is the world’s challenge for the next centuries, so sustainable building is the only way we have to build a better world for all future generations. As a member of the 2015 One Community intern team, Guilherme’s focus was on the Duplicable City Center electrical design and control systems for this structure and all 7 sustainable village models.

Henrique Mariano Rodrigues Ferreira, Bachelors of Science and Technology and 4th-year Electrical Engineering StudentHenrique Ferreira – Bachelors of Science and Technology and 4th-year Electrical Engineering Student: Henrique is a dedicated student and demonstrates communication skills and teamwork combined with hard work and determination to achieve his goals. During his graduation, he worked with active suspension systems during one year using Matlab/Simulink and became involved in volunteer activities such as Campus Party Brazil in the digital inclusion area. He composed the board of the representative organization of the students at his university in Brazil and he contributed as a teacher’s assistant in two courses. Henrique has knowledge and experience with important softwares like Matlab, Solidworks, Multisim, PSPICE and Java. He believes that it is possible to build a better world for future generations and he is willing to do his part to see this dream come true, not only contributing to the creation of a self-sustainable model city, but also to change people’s way of thinking. As a member of the 2015 One Community Intern Team, Henrique worked with the Control systems and lighting design team on the Duplicate City Center and the 7 sustainable village models.

Israel Junio Vieira da Silva, Electrical EngineerIsrael Silva – 4th-year Electrical Engineering Student: Israel is a student from Brazil studying abroad on the last year of his graduation. He has knowledge and experience with MatLab, SolidWorks, Arduino, C++ and Labview. His native language is Portuguese and he is also advanced in English and has a basic understanding of Spanish. Israel’s past volunteer experience includes tutoring math-challenged students from public school in Brazil. He brought his desire to learn and his passion for helping people to the 2015 One Community intern team where he worked on the Duplicable City Center electrical design and control systems for this structure and all 7 sustainable village models.

Lucas Monteiro de Souza Lucas de Souza – 3rd-year Electronic Engineering Student: Lucas is originally from Curitiba, Brazil and a student at Pontifical Catholic University of Parana. He enrolled in the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program at the New York Institute of Technology, in New York City. Since Lucas was a child he always demonstrated proficiency in math and the desire to be an engineer. Lucas speaks three languages (native Portuguese, fluent English, and conversational Spanish) and has acquired skills in Microcontrollers, Microelectronics, and Digital Systems. Lucas also has experience with programming languages such as Assembly Language (8051), C, and C++. His past internship experience includes working with an automation company as an electrical designer assistant where he helped to design electrical circuits for automation robots on project assembly lines and technical documentation for famous car company sellers such as FIAT and Volkswagen. As a member of the 2015 One Community team, Lucas helped with the creation of electrical designs and control systems for the Duplicable City Center and 7 Sustainable Village Models.

Lucas Tsutsui da SilvaLucas Tsutsui da Silva – 4th-year Computer Engineering Student: Lucas is an undergraduate Computer Engineering student at the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul, in Brazil. He recently studied at Portland State University as a grantee of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program. Lucas has taken many courses that were focused on embedded systems and has developed practical projects in which he could work with both high-level and low-level programming for this type of application. He also worked on a research project developing a sensor node for a wireless sensor network to monitor a farm field. Lucas also has experience with programming and assembling robots. For example, in 2012, he was part of the team from his university that won an award for third place in the Latin American Robotics Competition (the IEEE Standard Educational Kits category). Moreover, he has a strong background with programming and algorithms and a passion for programming challenges. Since the beginning of his undergraduate program, he has been participating in programming contests at his university and, in 2013, he got an opportunity to participate in the ACM-ICPC (South America Brazil Region) Brazil Finals. Lucas believes that computer systems are here to make life easier, optimize our tasks, and an important piece in helping us build a better world. As a member of the 2015 One Community team, Lucas brought his experience to help implement the control systems component of the Duplicable City Center and each of the seven village models

Tiago Peres SoaresTiago Soares – 3rd-year Electrical Engineering Student Minoring in Control and Automation: Tiago has a passion for languages, economy, science, technology, astronomy and mechanics and is excited to apply these diverse skill sets to sustainable ends. Tiago loves enjoying time in nature and has hobbies such as nature photography, camping, hiking, and snowboarding. As a technology lover too, Tiago believes that if you really want to change the world, you should be an engineer. His skills, passion and will to make a difference and leave a legacy for the world earned Tiago the role of 2015 Control Systems and Electrical Team Lead responsible for the team working on the control systems design and layout including lighting and electrical design for Duplicable City Center and the seven village models.

HYDRAULICS TEAM

Diogo Augusto Rodrigues Rozada-4th-year Civil Engineering StudentDiogo Rozada – 4th-year Civil Engineering Student and Hydraulics Team Lead: Diogo is a Civil Engineering student from Brazil with a focus on hydraulic/electrical design and sustainable development. Diogo shares One Community’s values of sustainability, people over profit and communication around the world. He wants to create a better environment for all and is collaborating with dedication and enthusiasm to increase his knowledge and networking and also improve himself as an engineer for when he returns to Brazil. As a 2015 One Community Intern, Diogo lead the Hydraulics Team with a focus on the Tropical Atrium heat and water recycling, the Duplicable City Center, and 7 Sustainable Village Models. 

Izadora Pimenta Rocha Carvalho, 3rd-year Civil Engineering StudentIzadora Carvalho – 3rd-year Civil Engineering Student: Izadora is a Brazilian student who recently studied Civil Engineering for a year at California State University, Long Beach as part of an exchange program developed by the government of Brazil called Science Without Borders. She has a passion for urban development with sustainable goals and desires to be part of the same global change that One Community wants to achieve for our planet, which currently faces several challenges environmentally. Izadora is also a member at a research group called PET at her home university and has experience with the computer programs AutoCAD and Sketchup. Her native language is Portuguese but she has advanced knowledge in English and a basic understanding in French. Izadora wants to do her best for our planet, so that it can be a better place for us and future generations to live in. As a 2015 One Community intern, Izadora was a part of the Hydraulics Team working with water-catchment and recycling designs for all 7 sustainable village models.

Joao Paulo Bernardes, 4th Yr Civil Engineering StudentJoao Bernardes – 4th-year Civil Engineering Student: Joao is a Civil Engineering student at Universidade Federal de Uberlandia (UFU), which is a renowned and accredited Brazilian university. He is recently studied at California State University, Long Beach as part of an exchange program called Science Without Borders on behalf of CAPES and the Brazilian Government. Back in Brazil, Joao worked with management and monitoring of civil engineering works and hydraulic projects at the university. He has knowledge and experience with softwares such as Revit, AutoCAD and AutoCAD Civil 3D. In addition, Joao participated in Civil Engineering’s Academic Board as Treasurer, where he gained experience with cash management and strengthened his sense of teamwork, as well as planning and organization skills. Joao speaks three languages (Portuguese, English and Spanish) and considers himself to be communicative with a great sense of leadership and teamwork. Ever since he was a child, Joao has had a great desire to make a difference in people’s lives. He saw that he can do this by applying his knowledge in sustainable projects that will help people and contribute to world change. With One Community, Joao joined the 2015 Hydraulics Team and designed for the 7 Sustainable Village Models.

Mateus Moura Barreto, 3rd-year Civil Engineering StudentMateus Barretto – 3rd-year Civil Engineering Student: Mateus is a Civil Engineering/Construction Engineering student who also has a LEED 101 certificate. He is graduating in Civil Engineering in Brazil and recently studied abroad at California State Long Beach. In his last job as an intern he helped the architects with the architectural projects and the engineers with managing the construction of the buildings and with hydraulics and electrical projects in the office. This has helped Mateus develop knowledge and experience with important softwares like AutoCAD 2D, Revit and Sketchup. His main field of study in civil engineering is Hydraulics with specific interest in the reuse of water for the benefits of helping the environment by avoiding waste, and also by helping people have easy and safe water for irrigation. Mateus feels strongly that we can create a sustainable society where people work together. He brought this belief, his passion for hydraulics, and his knowledge to the 2015 hydraulics team where he worked on the Duplicable City Center and the seven village models.

Roberto Santos Filho, 3rd-year Civil Engineering StudentRoberto Santos – 3rd-year Civil Engineering Student from Brazil: Roberto recently worked with One Community while here in California as a Brazilian exchange student. His native language is Portuguese, and he also speaks English (advanced) and French (basic). He is very skilled with the software AutoCAD and Revit. Since his childhood he liked to create and develop new things, and this is why he has chosen to be an engineer and take the opportunity to come to study in the US. This experience gave him the chance to be in contact with a new culture and gain a new perspective of the world. Back at his University in Brazil (Federal University of Uberlandia), he was a co-founder of the Civil Engineering Junior Enterprise of his university and also the director of quality. In this position he was responsible for the organization and continuous development of the Junior Enterprise. Being part of this company taught him teamwork skills and to be determined. He also worked with the project and design of the water distribution system of a small city. As a volunteer of One Community, he brought his skills and experience for further development as a member of the 2015 Hydraulics Team designing for the 7 Sustainable Village Models.

MECHANICAL TEAM

Adolpho Bezerra Maia, 5th-year Mechanical Engineering Student and Mechanical Engineering Team LeadAdolpho Maia – 5th-year Mechanical Engineering Student: While working with One Community on the 2015 intern team, Adolpho was in a Brazilian exchange program called Science Without Borders, where he came to the USA to learn new technologies, gain experience, become fluent speaking English, and explore and learn about a different culture. He lived in California and studied mechanical engineering at California State University Long Beach. He has one year of experience working in a school furniture factory as a mechanical engineering intern, a production inspector, and as a machine programmer. Adolpho has finished an entrepreneurship course and is also a member of Theta Chi Fraternity where he learned how to work as a group and how group dynamics work when there are a lot of people working on the same thing. Adolpho is currently fluent in English, has listening and comprehension skills in Spanish, and is a beginner in Italian. He believes that sustainability and wanting to change the world is something that starts within ourselves; first of all with the desire to do something, and then putting time and effort into it – and what could possibly be better than using what our planet gives to us, without destroying it. Adolpho’s focus as a member of the 2015 One Community intern team was on design and structural analysis for the vermiculture toilet designs.

Amauri Tavares Domingues Junior, Bachelors of Science and Technology and 4th-year Aerospace Engineering StudentAmauri Tavares – Bachelors of Science and Technology and 4th-year Aerospace Engineering Student: Amauri is an international student who recently studied at California State University Long Beach. He goal was to seek a non-degree experience studying abroad. He is sponsored by the Institute of International Education (IIE) and Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (Capes) in a program called Science Without Borders. Amauri is focused, reliable, hardworking, always trying to improve himself, while also making a difference in the world. He believes that knowledge is useless if it is not shared and applied for changing the world. Amauri is an author and co-author in several scientific research projects focused on deployable truss structures applied to aerospace engineering. He also worked on a team where the goal was to study the biochemical structure of proteins and apply the knowledge for biomedical engineering, focusing to develop new materials for fire-care treatments. Amauri additionally worked on a team where the goal was to study the biochemical structure of potatoes and apply the knowledge for materials engineering, focusing to develop biodegradable plastic bags. He volunteered as a teacher’s assistant in the Easy Way School of Languages in  Ibiúna, São Paulo, Brazil and, during that time, he also taught a basic English course to kids and was responsible for applying and grading tests for all English course levels. As a member of the 2015 One Community intern team, Amauri modeled and calculated the specifics for the heat recovery/recycling systems for the Duplicable City Center eco-laundry and large-scale sustainable kitchen.

Fernando Cesar de Carvalho JuniorFernando Carvalho – 4th-year Mechanical Engineering Student: Fernando is an international student from Brazil’s Scientific Mobility Program, a study abroad program developed by the Brazilian government. He is a student at Federal Technological University of Paraná, who recently studied at California State University, Long Beach. Fernando speaks three languages, including Portuguese (native), English (advanced) and Spanish (advanced). During college, he participated in two projects: one as tutor for one semester helping students who were taking Mechanics of Solids 2 classes, and the other project as a volunteer (called BAJA SAE) for one year where he participated in the calculations and design of a transmission project for an off-road car. During those years at university and participating in these projects, Fernando developed skills such as teamwork, dedication, communication and organization. Fernando was excited to work with One Community to implement the knowledge he has acquired over the years with the vision that sustainability becomes something more present in people’s daily lives. He did just that, as a member of the 2015 intern team, by applying his knowledge in thermodynamics and heat transfer to design and calculate heat recapture systems for the Earthbag Village and Duplicable City Center.

Jorge Antonio Ricardo Junior, 5th-year Mechanical Engineering StudentJorge Antonio Ricardo – 5th-year Mechanical Engineering Student: Jorge is a mechanical engineering Student at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He graduated as a Communication and Design Technician in high school at the Institute of Technology ORT (Organization, Reconstruction and Work). During College, Jorge took part in three years as Aerodynamics, Construction and SolidWorks Master chief in the Minerva Aerodesign project where he calculated all the requirements to build a DRONE that carries the biggest payload possible. He is fluent in three languages (native Portuguese, fluent English and fluent Spanish) and has good skills in leadership, teamwork and project management. Jorge is always searching for new projects that can add to his professional career, and it was this mindset that lead him to build his own 3D Printer at home. He has knowledge of essential modeling and calculation software like SolidWorks, AutoCAD, Matlab and Mathematica and has also worked with computer languages such as Python and Pascal. As an engineer, Jorge believes that plans and projects must be created with consideration for future generations. He also feels strongly that a sustainable mindset is the key to the continuous use of our environment. As a member of the 2015 One Community intern team, Jorge worked on modeling, structural calculations and mechanical design details for the Earthbag Village and vermiculture toilet structures.

STRUCTURAL TEAM

Antonio José Zambianco - 4th-year Civil Engineering StudentAntonio Zambianco – 4th-year Civil Engineering Student, Structural Team Lead: Antonio speaks three languages, including Portuguese (native), English (fluent) and Spanish (advanced) and presents a spirit of leadership, ease in communication (and teamwork), and knowledge of essential design and calculation softwares like Ftool, AutoCAD, Revit and SAP2000. Always very religious, Antonio grew up with the desire to help people and saw One Community as an opportunity to further apply this desire. He brought his knowledge of Structural Engineering, an area in which he has given specific emphasis and completed important related research, and his will to make the world a better place through eco-sustainability to the 2015 One Community Intern Team. Antonio’s primary areas of focus included structural calculations and design assistance for both the Duplicable City Center and the Earthbag Village structures.

Beatriz Michel RochaBeatriz Michel Rocha – 3rd-year Mechanical Engineering Student: Beatriz is an exchange student from Brazil studying at California State University, Long Beach. She speaks three languages, Portuguese (native), English (Advanced) and Spanish (advanced). Since Beatriz was in high school she has been committed to volunteer work and ecology. Beatriz worked as a volunteer on the project BAJA SAE in Brazil for two years, where she and the team designed and built an Off-road prototype. She was responsible for the Chassis (structure) of the car and worked with the software SolidWorks. On this project she developed skills like leadership, teamwork, communication and responsibility. Working with One Community, Beatriz saw a great opportunity to keep helping the world to be a more sustainable and better place to live. As a member of the 2015 One Community intern team, Beatriz’s primary areas of focus included SolidWorks’ structural calculations for all Earthbag Village components and AutoCad drafting.

Fernando Campos Bitencourt, 4th-year Civil Engineering/Construction Engineering Management StudentFernando Bitencourt – 4th-year Civil Engineering/Construction Engineering Management Student: Fernando speaks four languages, including Portuguese (native), English (fluent), Spanish (basic) and French (basic) and has good skills in leadership, communication and teamwork. He also has knowledge and experience with calculation softwares like Ftool and AutoCAD. Fernando grew up doing volunteer work in his hometown, first representing his high school and then being part of Interact Club, where he developed his above listed skills. Fernando wishes to gain experience in his field and also in volunteer work, and that’s why he saw One Community as a unique chance to apply those desires. As a member of the 2015 One Community intern team, Fernando applied his knowledge of Structural Engineering, the most interesting Civil Engineering area in his opinion, and brought his desire to build a sustainable world.

Gabriel FreitasGabriel Freitas – 3rd-year Civil Engineering/Construction Engineering Management Student: Gabriel is a student abroad from Brazil majoring in Civil Engineering/Construction Management at California State University, Long Beach. He has already worked for a Master degree student, helping her to find ways to design a building using just natural ventilation for the thermal comfort of it. Also, he has worked for the Brazilian Army where he helped the Engineering Team making budgets for small construction projects. Gabriel believes sustainability is all about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations. He also feels that working for One Community was all about helping himself, others, and the planet for a better way of living. As a member of the 2015 One Community intern team, Gabriel contributed to AutoCAD creations of internal Duplicable City Center elevations and electrical layout details, helped with the budget details for the commercial kitchen, and researched LEED Platinum level compliance.

Maurilio de Jesus Souza, 4th-year Civil Engineering StudentMaurilio Souza – 4th-year Civil Engineering Student: Maurilio is a Brazilian Civil Engineering student with internship experiences in two Brazilian companies. One of them is a construction company in which he worked for six months on the construction of a 30-floor residential building. The other one is an office of design and consultancy of concrete structures, where he acquired good computer skills through over a year of experience. He also has worked on two research projects on “Optimization of Trusses” with one of his professors in Brazil. In those projects he developed computer programs that allow the user to obtain the optimum combination of sections, among available sections, for the bars of the trusses. In this context, optimum combination means the one that comes up with the lightest (and cheapest) possible stable structure. The research he did about saving materials made him more interested in sustainability. Furthermore, as a future Civil Engineer, he is pleased to know that he can help build a sustainable world, throughout saving commonly used materials or even selecting a new one that could bring lower impact to the environment. As a member of the 2015 One Community intern team, Maurilio’s focus was on structural calculations and AutoCAD details for the Duplicable City Center.

Rodrigo Fernandes Nobre, 3rd-year Civil Engineering and Construction Management StudentRodrigo Nobre – 3rd-year Civil Engineering and Construction Management Student: Rodrigo is a Brazilian student interested in developing new techniques and materials in order to build sustainably enough to meet the requirements of today’s world. He speaks his native language, Portuguese, is fluent in English, and has advanced skills in French as well as basic skills in Spanish. Rodrigo is a very communicative and easygoing person with leadership skills and a persistent desire to achieve new goals and succeed in his projects. He has experience dealing with housing projects, doing remodels, revising and designing projects, and working with the AutoCad and Revit software. As a member of the 2015 One Community intern team, he worked on the internal elevations of the Duplicable City Center, adapting the parameters of the project to the LEED specifications and helped with the budgets and organization of the project. Rodrigo believes that sustainability is the way to put people and their activities in consonance with the world’s needs.

Thomas Lage Goncalves, 4th-year Civil Engineering Student, Materials teamThomas Goncalves – 4th-year Civil Engineering Student Specializing in Materials: Thomas recently studied at California State University, Long Beach as an exchange student. He speaks four languages, including Portuguese, English, Spanish and French. Thomas also has a brief background in control and automation engineering and a theater degree. His communication skills are well developed and a valuable strength. Thomas is passionate about movement, things growing up and being built. His fields of interest also include heavy construction and construction technologies. Thomas is a highly motivated professional who shows a huge desire to discover new possibilities of materials and technologies as part of his focus to develop alternative ways of housing that are sustainable and cheaper. As part of the 2015 One Community intern team, Thomas’ focus and contribution was on researching and running structural calculations for concrete alternatives for the Earthbag Village structures.

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT TEAM

Igor CastroIgor Castro – 3rd-year Management Information Systems Student, 2015 Overall Team Lead and a Manager for the Highest Good Network: Igor is a Brazilian student from Rio de Janeiro who attended Slippery Rock University, Pennsylvania as an exchange student. He speaks three language (Portuguese, English, and Spanish), and has developed skills in Programing Languages (C, C++, Java, Pascal), Database, Systems Analysis, Information Management, Data Analysis, Project Management, and more. Back in Brazil, Igor participated in a project called SACIS whose objective is to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, availability, and authenticity of the information and documents sent to the recipient and inter-operability between different operational systems. Since he began college, Igor has tried to make a difference, aiming to live in a better world. This desire for the world to improve is also what motivated Igor to use his skills working on software development for the Highest Good Network application and One Community.

Marco William Paulo da SilvaMarco William Paulo da Silva – 3rd-year Software Engineering Student: Marco is a Brazilian exchange student who recently studied at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design). He speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish, and has a basic knowledge in French. Marco left Brazil before starting his third year of Software Engineering at UnB (University of Brasília). During his time studying at SCAD (a college of art and design), Marco has been diversifying his skills as a Software Engineer and developing a broader perspective on the world. On the interactive design side, Marco now has knowledge in Illustrator, Photoshop, Maya and After Effects. He combines these skills with programming experience with C, Java, Processing, Android, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Arduino. Back in Brazil Marco participated in a project where his function was to assure and to control the quality of applications for mobile devices of the Brazilian company Positivo Informática. Marco was chosen as the student of the month in January for the Institute of International Education because of an essay he wrote talking about how he could change the world in 2015. Since starting college, Marco has also been exploring what is possible with open source. As a member of the 2015 One Community intern team, Marco has applied his programming skills developing the Highest Good Network application for complete village construction and open source data gathering, time tracking, sharing, and reporting.

Matheus Augusto de OliveiraMatheus Oliveira – 3rd-year Information Systems Student: Matheus is student from the Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro who also enrolled in the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program at the Florida Institute of Technology. At his university back in Brazil, Matheus had the opportunity to be part of the Junior Enterprise, which gave him knowledge of resources and people management. This experience also gave him new skills in GitHub, WordPress and Python. Matheus has also participated in a project about Business Processes Management whose goal was to rethink and improve the University’s existing processes. At Florida Tech he not only developed his skills in programming languages such as Java and JavaScript, but he also had the chance to be in contact with a new culture and see the world from a different perspective. Matheus additionally learned how to do research and become autonomous. Desiring to use technology and his knowledge to improve the world, Matheus worked as a volunteer and intern with One Community in 2015 helping develop the foundations of the Highest Good Network application.

Natalia Dias da CostaNatalia Dias da Costa – 3rd-year Information Systems Student: Natalia is a Brazilian student from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and is a member of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Study Abroad Program. She is seeking a degree in Information Systems focusing on web programing and is currently studying Computer Science at New York Institute of Technology. Natalia always took an interest in the web, and started to learn HTML by herself when she was 13. Later, in high school, she took a technical course where she learned traditional programing languages such as Pascal, Java and JavaScript. At the same time, Natalia took alternative courses in the web and design field, learning how to use Adobe Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash and Corel Draw. Now, in college, she is learning even more, always studying to learn more programing languages. Back in Brazil, Natalia worked at a school where she helped kids learn about the proper use of the computer. After this experience, she worked at the National Bank of Social and Economic Development, helping with troubleshooting. While Natalia worked at the bank, she also was tutoring for the Programing Techniques II class at her University, assisting students with class-related doubts and helping them understand the given subjects and assignments, as well as assisting the teacher in class. As a member of the 2015 One Community intern team, Natalia helped develop the foundations of the Highest Good Network application.

GRAPHIC DESIGN TEAM

Eduardo GuardaEduardo Guarda – 5th-year Graphic Design Student specializing in Motion Media Design. Eduardo is a student at Minas Gerais State University in Brazil, where he will graduate by the end of 2015. As complimentary studies, he continued his education at the Savannah College of Art & Design. Eduardo loves nature related activities and he wants to work as much as possible to preserve earth in a continuously expanding society, maintaining our planet a habitable place for any species in any region of the world. As a music, cinema, and video game lover, he believes that entertainment media has a lot to offer to help make earth a better place to live. Eduardo sees that people use entertainment activities to relax and these activities enter inside their heads. As a member of the 2015 One Community intern team, Eduardo created videos, animations and motion pieces that will show people the purpose of One Community. With his work, he hopes to inspire them to embrace this cause and pass the message for the Highest Good of All.

Gabriel Castro MadeiraGabriel Madeira – 4th-year Industrial Design Student with a Technical in Graphic Design: Gabriel is a dedicated student who is passionate about materials and issues related to sustainability. He believes that thinking about sustainability is no longer an option; it is now fundamental to the world. As an Industrial Design Student, Gabriel’s desire is to help the world by thinking about and rethinking products by analyzing and researching alternative materials that can replace others that are less sustainable. He has taken classes in Emerging and Manufacturing Materials, Theories, Methods of Sustainability, and others to help him grow his understanding of sustainable materials. Gabriel also has related job experience through working in groups for his Scientific Initiation, in which he gave weekly workshops to small entrepreneurs and learned the basics of web design (language HTML and CSS). Gabriel also has a high working knowledge in many software programs including Adobe (Photoshop, Indesign, and Illustrator), Solidworks, Rhinoceros, AutoCAD, Keyshot, and Sketchbook Pro. With the knowledge of those softwares and with his experiences in 3D modeling and rendering from his previous internships, Gabriel brought his experience to the 2015 One Community intern team where he worked on the dome-home furniture and Duplicable City Center renders.

Gilberto Martini de Oliveira - 3rd-year 3D Animation Design StudentGilberto Martini de Oliveira – 3rd-year 3D Animation Design Student and Video Image Presentation Coordinator: Brazilian native Gilberto has a passion for real-time architectural walk-through, 3D animation, and game development at Savannah College of Art and Design – Savannah, Georgia. In Brazil, he works as a freelancer where he has developed his expertise in virtual and physical Maquette production over the past 8 years. Offering a determination to get the job done no matter the situation, Gilberto is recognized for his leadership abilities and balanced judgement. As a member of the 2015 intern leadership team, Gilberto created interactive 3-D designs for the Tropical AtriumEarthbag Village (Pod 1) domes, Communal Showers3-dome cluster for the crowdfunding campaign, and the Tree House Village.

Lucas G Santos De AlmeidaLucas G Santos De Almeida – 5th-year Graphic Arts Student: Lucas is a 24-year-old student from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil who enrolled in Graphic Design at Savannah College of Art and Design. As a graphic design student, he has always been looking for different things to learn outside of college. After one year studying, Lucas started trying different mediums and today is a street artist and a printmaker. He has two relief prints that are currently in an international exhibition in Egypt, and was also selected for an international exhibition currently at SCAD. Lucas is a very open minded person that has always wanted to learn something new. However, he believes that just learning is not sufficient and wants to collaborate more with other people and use what he learns to improve society. Lucas worked with Instituto Amaivosa (a non-profit organization in Brazil) and it was a great experience for him. He learned that he doesn’t need to work for a big company to be a great graphic designer. For Lucas, meeting people from different areas that are working with the goal to change society is the best thing to improve himself as a professional and as a person.

Manasses SantosManassés Santos – 4th-year Graphic Design Student: During his senior year at the University of Bahia (UNEB), in Brazil, Manassés received the opportunity to continue his education at the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). Manassés has always been passionate about self improvement and the learning process and was excited to participate. With a desire to create positive change, Manassés believes that all knowledge is worthless if it cannot be used in a way that benefits people and transforms the world into a better place. His keen interest in exploring different subjects of Design influenced him to spend many hours learning Design Theory and mastering different tools and techniques used in the industry. Manassés has experience with software such as Photoshop, Illustrator InDesign, Dreamweaver and Rhinoceros. Additionally, experiences such as being a member of the Academic Center of Design at UNEB, and being a volunteer in the SCAD Alternative Spring Break 2015, allowed him to improve his skills in communication, teamwork, project management and illustration. As a member of the One Community team, Manassés led the design for development of a complete presentation of all seven villages.

Manuella Schorchit Meirelles, 3rd-year Graphic Design and Branding MajorManuella Schorchit Meirelles – 3rd-year Graphic Design and Branding Major: Manuella is originally from São Paulo, but raised in Rio de Janeiro since she was a child. As a transfer student from Brazil she attended SCAD (Savannah College of Art & Design). Manuella chose graphic design focused on branding as a major because it can provide visual solutions that will transform people’s everyday lives. She also chose service design as a minor because she has a passion for social design and truly believes that design can change the reality of people lives. By learning both of these fields, she has found the best ways to solve problems effectively while still being creative. Manuella believes design has a powerful way of communicating different perspectives for the people in which it involves. As a graphic designer and service designer, her over all goal is for her work to inspire the people it touches. She believe happiness is gained through reciprocity which can be achieved with innovative design. Manuella always works with passion in hopes of changing people’s lives using design as a transformative tool. As a member of the 2015 One Community team, Manuella worked on a new branding campaign for sharing our mission, message, and global transformation goals.

SUPPORT TEAM

Ana Carolina Salomao FariaAna Carolina Salomao Faria – 3rd-year Industrial Design and Service Design Student: Ana is an undergraduate student from Fluminense Federal University in Brazil where she is studying Industrial Design. She is also a part of the Brazil Scientific Mobility Study Abroad Program where she has been exploring a broad diversity of topics about design and its possibilities through SCAD Savannah College of Art and Design coursework in Service Design. Through her independent research, initiative, and self-motivation, Ana has developed a fascination with the service design area and its in-depth approach to user-centered deliverables. Through the process of developing methods that enable the service experience to be user-centered, Ana has learned to combine industrial design and service design to produce universal design. It is this universal design where Ana feels she can truly describe herself throughout all her projects. This means combining the study of people and social participation and its systems into an integrative environment. Applying this passion, Ana developed an academic project called Interactive Recycle Bin that was an O Globo Finalist in the Design Competition Rio. Ana knows design is not just about solving problems, it is also about problem finding and designing to redefine problems to arrive at better solutions and outcomes. With this in mind, and a philosophy that “successful design outcomes come from active participation of users and a deep understanding of the problem requiring a solution, even to the extent of reframing the problem itself,” Ana joined the 2015 One Community intern team and helped develop the Service Design approach and explanation for the Tree House Village.

Ana Flavia AlmeidaAna Flavia Almeida – 3rd-year Architecture and Urban Planning student: Ana is an Architecture and Urban Planning undergraduate from Fluminense Federal University in Brazil. She came to the United States through the Brazil Scientific Mobility Program to study Architecture at New York Institute of Technology, in New York City. Ana has developed her main interest in technology and sustainability in construction primarily through research at the University and due to the new direction the world is taking in relation to green architecture. Ana’s perspective was also influenced through her experience interning for one year at a center of research and housing projects for the slums of Rio de Janeiro. This experience gave her contact with mapping and improved her research and teamwork skills. Ana has knowledge with softwares such as Revit, AutoCAD, and Illustrator. She believes that it is possible to build with low impact, distinct design while using technology in favor of the environment. As a member of the 2015 One Community intern team, Ana helped with research for the Duplicable City Center KitchenEarthbag and Aircrete crowdfunding campaignFood Self-sufficiency Transition Plan cost analysis and temporary-kitchen design, the Ultimate Classroom design, and various elements of the seven village models too.

Gustavo Romito NogueiraGustavo Romito – 3rd-year Computer Science/Information Systems Student: Gustavo graduated in Digital Games Development where he had his first contact with programming. Since then, he has started learning how to develop iPhone applications by himself. With the skills that he has acquired, Gustavo got an internship in a company that develops third-party mobile applications, where he was responsible for developing two big projects for a multinational company. Also, Gustavo speaks three languages: Portuguese (native language), English (Fluent) and German (Basic). As a programmer, Gustavo is always seeking new knowledge and challenges. He has been developing his knowledge in other programming languages such as HTML+CSS (for websites), Java, SQL and C++. To him, a good professional in his field of study is one who identifies a problem in people’s lives and tries to find a solution for it. He joined the intern team for the opportunity to build an app for One Community, develop his skills, and have contact with engineers from other fields of study. To conclude, Gustavo applies a John F. Kennedy phrase as a motto: “Change is the law of life, and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

Welma Lima do NascimentoWelma Nascimento – 4th Year Chemical Engineering Student: Welma is an international student from Brazil who attended college in the US as part of the Science Without Borders Program. She is a Portuguese native speaker, excellent in English and advanced in Spanish. She has 3 years experience working on an environmental project in a chemistry laboratory at the university in Brazil, and also working in the university consulting company, helping companies to solve project problems. Welma has a passion for the environment and sustainability, and sees making these fields her main job as the best way to collaborate with the world. She has been volunteering for many years and used her background to work with the One Community 2015 intern team, where she helped with water proofing and materials research and recommendation specifics for the 7 Sustainable Village Models.