This account of the University of Portland's third repair trip to Haiti is written by: Noah Webster, President of University of Portland’s Biomedical Engineering club, and an incoming junior studying mechanical engineering and chemistry.
When I first heard about this opportunity of service through the biomedical engineering club at University of Portland, I knew little of their two prior biomedical repair trips to Haiti in 2014 and 2015. These were organized by a Portland-based nonprofit, Biomedical Engineering Technology Aid Intl (BETA Intl), in conjunction with Project Medishare’s Hospital Bernard Mevs in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Funding was provided through University of Portland engineering dept. This year’s team was one of the most interdisciplinary: it included our chaperone, Jared Rees, a faculty technician who specializes in electrical engineering; Emily Bliven, who just received her Master’s degree in our new Biomedical Engineering graduate program; Kevin Jones, an electrical engineering and chemistry student; Alex Rouhier, who is studying mechanical engineering; and Mackenzie Brandon, who studies biology. Jared, along with BETA’s CEO, Dan Schuster, had been on both prior trips, while our team captain, Emily, was a veteran of the 2015 trip. Our diverse knowledge base was broad enough that with the proper training beforehand, we were confident in our ability to diagnose and fix almost any medical equipment.