We were honored to present our first Junior Distinguished Alumnus award to Mr. Samir Lakhani! After starting a project in Ward Allebach’s sustainability class (GEO 1333), Samir volunteered in a rural Cambodian village where he witnessed firsthand the spread of disease due to poor personal hygiene through his involvement in aquaculture and nutrition projects. After this experience, Samir took his class project and founded Eco-Soap Bank in 2014. Eco-Soap is a humanitarian nonprofit that works to save, sanitize and supply recycled hotel soap while providing hygiene education to people in nations of developing economies. Samir also has developed solar lighting solution projects in Cambodia, Bangladesh, and Nepal.