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The Road I Chose And The Car I Bought For The Ride: Kate Clopeck at TEDxMiddlebury

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Published on Aug 18, 2013

For years Kate Clopeck pursued a career as an aerospace engineer and it took her awhile to find her calling in Ghana working to achieve universal clean water access. She tells the story of her organization's trials in buying a truck in order to reach more areas of Ghana in this TEDxMiddlebury talk.

Kate Clopeck is the Executive Director for Community Water Solutions (CWS). Over the past 8 years, Kate has worked extensively on water improvement projects around the globe including Nicaragua, Cameroon and Ghana. She co-founded CWS in 2008 while conducting her MIT graduate work on the sustained use of household water treatment technologies in Northern Ghana. Prior to working at CWS, Kate was an associate engineer at Aerojet, an aerospace firm located in Virginia. She holds a S.M. in Technology and Policy from MIT and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Virginia.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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