Engineering a New World
Heather Fleming was born in rural New Mexico and spent a lot of time on a Navajo reservation with her family. “Growing up a lot of my relatives didn’t have running water or electricity,” she says, “so it was something that I was exposed to for the first 18 years of my life.”
Heather had cousins who were civil engineers and would help drill wells and improve things for people on the reservation. “I assumed that engineers were humanitarians and that they helped people,” she says.
So Heather became one. Today her nonprofit design firm, Catapult, engineers solutions and designs products, such as water-delivery systems and prosthetic limbs, that help people in countries around the world.