Joined EMI: February 2019
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Professional Training & Experience
- B.S. Environmental Engineering with minor in Global Environmental Sustainability from Colorado State University
- Engineer in Training (E.I.T.)
- M.S. Environmental Engineering from University of Cincinnati
- Researched water quality at US Environmental Protection Agency
- Interned in EMI India office from August 2018 to May 2019
Ever since Natalie joined her dad on "Take Your Child to Work Day" and learned the need for clean drinking water and sanitation in rural communities, she knew that God was calling her to pursue water quality as a profession. After studying environmental engineering in college, Natalie felt called to India to serve as an intern with EMI. Working in India confirmed to her that God wants her to serve international communities learning the balance of engineering design and cultural adaptability. During her internship she used her degree to design wastewater treatment systems for several projects. While in India, Natalie experienced worship in different cultures which impacted her view of the world and the mightiness of God.
Now Natalie is serving with EMI's Fellowship Program in Colorado Springs. She is continuing to work on design projects around the world and being professionally mentored by civil engineers. Natalie is taking seminary classes focused on international mission to deepen her understanding of the Bible and serving through her work. Being a part of the Fellowship Program, Natalie is hoping to grow in her understanding of the gospel and engineering skills to serve international communities around the world.
Natalie’s passion is to use her gifts by connecting with people from all backgrounds in the name of the Lord and serve with a joyful heart.
Natalie is the daughter of Brian and Sandy Thompson, two amazing followers of Christ. Her parents are excited to see their daughter follow God’s will and support her decision to pursue engineering as mission. She has three younger siblings Emily, Luke and Roman who all live in Cincinnati, Ohio.