Choolwe Mandona is an enthusiastic and impact-driven civil chemical engineer who currently works in the realm of water supply infrastructure development, water disinfection, water reuse, wastewater treatment, pollution remediation and hazardous waste management. Choolwe was born and raised in the country of Zambia with her parents and two siblings. After graduating from high school, Choolwe moved to the United States to pursue a college education. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Summa Cum Laude, from Miami University of Ohio and Master of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. While in college, Choolwe pursued her passion for international-based humanitarian engineering with a water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) focus. She was actively involved in Engineers without Borders (EWB) working on projects based in Rwanda and Ecuador. She also pursued an internship in Rwanda where she participated in a government-supported nationwide campaign in distributing water filters and cook stoves. Upon her return, she led the efforts in hosting the 3rd Annual Colorado Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Symposium at the University of Colorado-an event that hosts WASH enthusiasts from different parts of the US and the world to discuss strategies in alleviating the global water challenges. In her current position with Golder Associates Inc., a global environmental engineering firm, Choolwe serves industrial clientele addressing their water-related needs and challenges. Her passion for global connectedness, engineering and leadership has led Choolwe to be a part of multiple organizations that include WorldDenver (WD), National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE), Rotary Club WASH Committee, Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and United Nations Association (UNA).
Choolwe currently serves as the Vice President of the Membership Committee of the WD Young Professionals Board and the Secretary of the NSPE Central Chapter Executive Board. Her overarching vision is summarized by Mahatma Ghandi’s quote “be the change you wish to see in the world”. Choolwe would like to see more women in the engineering and leadership arenas creating impactful change in their societies. Outside her pursuits, Choolwe feeds her soul through travel, reading, exercising, cooking, dancing, laughing, spending time with God, family and friends.