Sam Sweet lives by a motto of “see a need, fill a need” because he finds true fulfillment in helping others. In the process of graduating from CU Boulder with a degree in civil engineering, he also became one of the founders of the Bridges to Prosperity (B2P) Swaziland Bridge Program. He joined CU’s chapter of B2P as a sophomore with hopes of utilizing his engineering education to make a positive difference in the world. After experiencing the need for bridges in Africa and building his first bridge in Bolivia in 2016, he got the bridge bug and became the leader of the Swazi Program.
Against all odds, Sam led the CU team to successfully complete the first project in Swaziland in 2017. His team was able to coordinate everything from government agreements, to material procurement and importation, to bridge design and construction. Throughout this endeavor he began reading and taking classes on community development which strengthened the program beyond just building bridges, to also emphasize community engagement, local stakeholder ownership and the importance of engineering ethics. Sam’s vision as the EIA Swaziland Bridge Program Manager is to develop a national needs assessment and continue to train partners on the bridge process so that the program is self-sustainable and effective at solving the problem of impassable rivers in Swaziland.
In addition to bridges, Sam is passionate about boarding of any kind, yoga, reading, music, learning languages, and being a lover of all people. He hopes that by always striving to reach his greatest potential, he can inspire others to do the same.