Meet the Langrug Project Team

The Langrug Project Team

Upon our arrival in Langrug, it became more practical for the Communications and WaSH teams to combine into a single workforce. This would allow us to provide the most effective and comprehensive support to Langrug’s initiatives. See the “Evolution of the Langrug Team” on the Primary Project Focuses page for more information on this merger.


The Communications Team (and Scott)

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Juan M Venegas

Juan M Venegas is from Bogota, Colombia and is in his third year at WPI. He is studying Chemical Engineering and wants to focus on solutions to current energy issues such as alternative fuels. After graduating, Juan wants to pursue a Masters Degree in Engineering or Applied Chemistry. He is involved in the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the International Student Council. Besides chemistry, he has a strong passion for anything related to space and aviation. His hobbies include photography, graphic design, and when he is back home he practices motocross. Juan is also an avid table tennis player and enjoys experimenting in the kitchen.



Megan Dempsey

Megan Dempsey is from East Granby, Connecticut and is in her third year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She is studying Biomedical Engineering in the Tissue and Biomaterials track with a minor in Chemistry. After graduation, she will likely go on to earn a Masters Degree in BME unless she’s offered a really awesome job instead. She participates in several groups on campus including Biomedical Engineering Society, Student Green Team, Engineering World Health, Pep Band and the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. In her spare time, she likes to hike, play the flute, read Nicholas Sparks novels, watch sitcoms, play basketball, do crossword puzzles and eat all kinds of food.



Michaella Reif

Michaella Reif is a junior at WPI following a pre-medical program and double-majoring in Biochemistry and Humanities and Arts (German). She is from the small, inconsequential town of Lunenburg, Massachusetts but considers Michigan to be her home. After graduation, she hopes to attend medical school and become a “really good” doctor somewhere in the world. Michaella is an avid reader and traveller, and considers herself to be a medical enthusiast. When she’s not working or studying, Michaella enjoys dancing in the rain, naming inanimate objects and sleeping.



Brittany Nichols

Brittany Nichols from Bethlehem Connecticut is a junior at Worcester Polytechnic Institute studying mechanical engineering with a concentration in biomechanics.  After graduation she hopes receive a MS degree in engineering and become employed at an engineering firm.  Brittany spends most of her time working on her studies but she also enjoys reading, ballroom dancing, photography and working with hand tools.


The WaSH Team

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Tim Erlandson

Tim is from Hudson, MA and is currently in his third year at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  He is studying Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Tissues and Biomaterials with a minor in Mathematics.  After graduation he will likely continue his study at WPI and gain a Masters Degree in BME.  Aside from schoolwork he plays Varsity Baseball and is a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.  In his free time he enjoys golfing, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and making the best out of his last two years at WPI.



Caryn MacDonald

Caryn is from Weymouth, MA  and majoring in Environmental Engineering. With her degree she would love to work for an engineering company focused on solving water and wastewater treatment issues. She would also love to eventually study environmental policy and law. She hopes that she can travel the world throughout her life doing volunteer projects similar to the one she is doing in Cape Town. In her spare time she loves running, yoga, sushi, Engineers Without Borders at WPI, watching thrillers and Law and Order: SVU and eating cheese burgers.





Ralle Rookey

Ralle was born and raised in Suffield, Connecticut and is studying Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Biomechanics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. After graduating in 2014, he is unsure whether he will obtain his Masters Degree or pursue a career in engineering. Outside of schoolwork, Ralle has a strong passion for auto racing and he currently races his Mazda Miata throughout New England. He also enjoys drawing, working on anything with an engine, dirtbiking, skateboarding, spending time with friends and family and just being outside.





Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks is from Princeton Junction, NJ and is in her third year at WPI. She is studying Electrical and Computer Engineering with a concentration in Radio Frequency (RF) Design.  After graduating Sarah is not sure if she wants to continue on to graduate school, or enter the working world. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys hiking, horseback riding, dancing, playing accordion and eating french toast.