Adam Block: Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Sophomore
June 5, 2013 — From an early age, Adam demonstrated a desire to excel academically. He participated in the Trailblazers Program in elementary school and later went on to successfully complete the International Baccalaureate Program at East High School in Cheyenne. Additionally, he participated in various sports during his childhood and adolescents, demonstrating the same desire to achieve excellence, and became a skilled percussionist and pianist. He had the honor of serving as the East High School marching band drum major, and continues playing piano today to the delight of many admirers.
Upon graduation from high school, Adam spent two years overseas working with clients with developmental disabilities. Adam has a strong desire to be of service to others, and first spent one year in Northern Ireland working with adult clients in a comprehensive community based service program, and then spent an additional year in South Africa working with children in a similar community program. In both locations, Adam learned how to successfully build healing relationships with individuals that were facing very serious challenges, and also learned many of the technical aspect s related to working in self-sufficient communities. The numerous skills Adam developed through volunteer work have shaped his future desire to assist third-world communities with the benefits that American engineering can provide. Currently, Adam is serving as the Secretary of Engineers Without Borders and is assisting in the preparation for a new project in Kenya, in which EWB, under the leadership of Jon Herrboldt, will be working to develop a shelter for orphaned girls in Mbita.