Meet the Team

The Stormwater Team of the 2010 Cape Town Project Center is comprised of four individuals with very diverse backgrounds and interests. Each Stormwater member is a WPI student in his or her junior year of college. During its work in the informal settlement of Monwabisi Park, Khayelitsha the Stormwater team has been affectionately and comically referred to as “The Stormbusters”- an amalgamated name formed by the blended names of the “parapsychologists-turned-ghost capturers” from the 1984 comedy Ghostbusters and of the team’s focus, Stormwater. Through its work the team has demonstrated its continuing strong dynamic and its willingness to work and effect change in the impoverished settlement of Monwabisi Park.

Kaylyn Button

Born and raised in Ontario, New York (Western New York), this stormbuster has aspired to work  in the medical field for as long as she can remember. Kaylyn grew up in a small neighbourhood  and attended her local high school, where she graduated third in her class. She continued her  education at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is currently studying Biomedical  Engineering and Pre-Health Sciences. After completing her undergraduate education, Kaylyn  plans on attending medical school, where she hopes to become either an orthopedic surgeon or  a military physician. Kaylyn’s interests include playing softball, volunteering in the community,  biology and the study of biomechanics, and spending time with her family and friends.

Elisabeth Jeyaraj

This stormbuster was born and brought up in India, but has lived in the US since 2001. She  went to high school in Newton, MA, and is now attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute,  where she is studying Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Biomechanics, She is  aspiring to become a doctor of Prosthetics so she can engineer and fit people with prosthetics.  Her family, consisting of her parents, her older sister and her younger sister, live in Liverpool,  England. Elisabeth’s interests include reading, listening to music, playing the clarinet,  traveling, taking walks, and just hanging out with family and friends.

Rodrigo Ma

Born in Panama on a sunny 15th of July 1989, but raised in Peru, Rodrigo Ma was appointed as the  foreign kid in the Stormbusters team. He attended Markham College, a British school in Lima, and  decided to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute for a degree in Chemical Engineering.  “Stormpoodle”, as his closest peers call him, wants to pursue graduate studies and work in  anything chemical engineering related.  His passions include football (the proper one), summer,  Barbra Streisand, stormwater, and travelling.

Edwin Muniz

This Stormbuster was born and raised in the Bronx, New York City. Edwin is the eldest son, second of  five children. His family is originally from Puerto Rico and Spanish-speaking. From kindergarten to  eighth grade, Edwin attended Our Lady of Angels, a parochial school in the Bronx. At the tender age  of 14 he left home to continue his education. Phillips Academy Andover, a private boarding and day  high school located in Andover, Massachusetts, became Edwin’s new home and place of study for the  next four years. With aspirations to becoming an engineer, Edwin matriculated at Worcester  Polytechnic Institute where he is currently pursuing a degree in Civil and Environmental  Engineering and a minor in Physics. Edwin’s passions include basketball, the outdoors, economics,  physics, math, the piano, travel and family.