By creating housing for indigenous insectivorous bats in Maijuna, Peru, Wings of the Night combats malaria-carrying mosquitoes in a unique, eco-friendly, and inexpensive manner. Construction of bat houses will encourage nesting of indigenous bats, which can eat more than 1,000 mosquitoes per hour, in villages which the highest incidences of malaria to help foster a relationship between people and misunderstood bats and to rid one village at a time of malaria.
Tyler Vogel is from Oelwein, Iowa and is currently a student at Wartburg College. He is pursuing a Bachelor of the Arts Degree in Biology with minors in Business Administration and Social Entrepreneurship. Vogel serves as Student Body Recorder and is also involved on campus with the Ambassador Program as Vice President of Communication. He is interested in environmental policy, ecology, medicine, and management. He was previously vice president of Iowa DECA and is now currently a work study in the Wartburg Admissions Department.
Born and raised in Angola, Ana Julante is a graduate from the United World College of Southern Africa (UWCSA) Waterford Kamhlaba, where she had the opportunity to live and learn with students from different nations and nurture the value of service. Ana is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science and Mathematics with Minors in Data Analytics and Social Entrepreneurship at Wartburg College. She is the president of the Net Impact chapter at Wartburg College and she is motivated to change her community with creative and innovative solutions.
Raunak Thakur is the founder of Sulav Urja, a social venture bringing biogas to rural households in Nepal. Through her venture, Raunak will provide households in rural Nepal with a biogas digester to help generate biofuel from organic household waste. Sulav Urja will reduce the harmful effects associated with indoor burning of firewood, reduce deforestation, and economically empower the households living in this village.
Bright Energy Africa (“BEA”) will create sustainable and economical fuel solutions for Tanzania. BEA converts agricultural waste into biomass charcoal fuel and distributes it as cooking briquettes.
Miguel Dias is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics and in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on Computational Biology at Johns Hopkins University (2017).
He is on the Student Advocacy Board which manages the 50+ student service groups on campus and that organizes school wide events. He is a also tutor at the Baltimore City Jail, working at the mental health unit.
Samantha (Yu) Wang is currently an electrical engineering major with an entrepreneurship and management minor at Johns Hopkins University. Although she is an electrical engineering major, she is also interested in the area of medicine and specifically applying engineering concepts to medicine. Aside from her studies, most of her time is dedicated towards cardiology stem cell research at the Johns Hopkins Medical School.