While born in Melbourne, Australia, Jessica Scanlon grew up near Seattle, Washington and started her studies in Architectural Engineering at California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo before transferring to the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2012.
As a part of the Sustainability and Social Innovation Program at CU, Jessica was honored with the Mortensen Center: Engineering for Developing Communities award for her team’s business plan, Dirt Cheap, in their Social Entrepreneurship course. Dirt Cheap aspired to rejuvenate the housing industry in underserved communities by manufacturing compressed earth blocks with local materials and labor.
Jessica is a former Engineers Without Borders Seattle Professional Chapter Board Secretary as well as an active member of Engineers Without Borders – CU and has interned at Architecture for Humanity headquarters in San Francisco, is a contributor to their book, Design Like You Give A Damn 2, and the Institute for Social and Environmental Transition.
Jessica plans to pursue a career as a humanitarian engineer working on the housing crisis with underserved communities around the world.