Emily Banach

Poas Volcano, Costa Rica

My name is Emily Banach and I will be a fourth-year at Michigan State University. I am a double major in Biosystems Engineering and Statistics. This is my second year on the Tanzania Team and, along with Carly Nylander, I will be one of the project leads this fall. In addition to Engineers Without Borders, I am also a member of the MSU League of Legends Club and the treasurer for the Herpetology Club.

I am from the suburbs of Chicago and I love food, bicycling, drinking tea, playing board games, down-hill skiing, reading, kite flying, kayaking, and playing the flute and piano.

One of my other passions is traveling. In the Midwest, my favorite places are Starved Rock State Park, the Porcupine Mountains, and my grandfather’s farm in Michigan’s Western Upper Peninsula.


I have also been fortunate enough to have traveled internationally. In 2010, my family and I visited friends in Finland, Sweden, and Russia. We spent most of our time in Finland where I was able to immerse myself in the food, music, and culture with which I had been raised. I have also had the opportunity to stay with my best friend and her family in Singapore. There, I was inspired by the ultra-modern architecture, tremendous amount of green design, and, of course, the amazing food. Since then, I have studied abroad in Costa Rica, where we explored the cloud forests,  a tropical dry forest, wetlands, and even stayed in a national park in the middle of a rain forest. I have also stayed with my family in Antibes in the south of France.