EWB-USA Leadership


Bernard Amadei

Professor of Civil Engineering
University of Colorado – Boulder


Dr. Amadei is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his PhD in 1982 from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Amadei is the Faculty Director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities at CU Boulder and holds the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering. He is also the Founding President of Engineers Without Borders – USA and the co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International network. Among other distinctions, Dr. Amadei is the 2007 co-recipient of the Heinz Award for the Environment, the recipient of the 2008 ENR Award of Excellence, an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, and an Ashoka-Knight Fellow. He holds two Doctorates of Humane Letters Honoris Causa.

 Biography: University of Colorado – Boulder

Executive Director
Cathy Leslie, P.E.


Ms. Leslie is a licensed Civil Engineer in Colorado with over 20 years of experience in the design and management of civil engineering projects. After ten years as Civil Engineering Manager at Tetra Tech, Inc., she has assumed the role of Executive Director of Engineers Without Borders–USA, a position she held on a volunteer basis for six years.

Ms. Leslie began her work in developing countries as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Stationed in Nepal, she developed solutions related to drinking water and sanitation projects. During the last 20 years, whether working in corporate engineering or nonprofit international development, Ms. Leslie has developed and utilized her technical interests in creating solutions for engineering projects that integrate the needs of the client along with the sustainable needs of the environment. As Executive Director of EWB-USA, Ms. Leslie uses her organizational and project management skills to ensure that the volunteer organization can fulfill its mission and vision.

Ms. Leslie’s responsibilities include the oversight of the national office of EWB-USA and the oversight of the diverse programs within EWB-USA, including international and domestic engineering projects, development of appropriate technology, and education program


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