BJ Elkins

WASH Engineer I / Fellow
Joined EMI: November 2020
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Professional Training & Experience

  • BS Civil Engineering, Louisiana Tech University, 2018
  • MS Civil Engineering, Colorado State University, 2020
  • Certificate International Development Studies, Colorado State University, 2020
  • Engineer in Training (EIT) Colorado DORA

BJ is a WASH/Civil Engineer in the US office in the fellowship program. He loves that he gets to design water and wastewater systems for EMI projects around the world in developing communities. 

Previously, he was a civil engineering intern at a small civil design firm in Ruston, Louisiana named DeForest Engineering Consultants from 2015 through 2019. He then attended Colorado State University to study Water Engineering and International Development. During his graduate studies, he was a GTA for the Intro to Civil Engineering and Water for International Development courses and a CAD intern at Landmark EPC in Loveland, Colorado.

Ministry Experience

BJ is a covenant child of believing parents. In college, he joined the Wesley Foundation of Louisiana Tech on a 30-day construction project in La Gonave, Haiti where they repaired a desalination system. This trip put a passion in his heart to bring clean water and sanitation to impoverished communities worldwide.


BJ is married to the lovely Katie Carter Elkins, a Speech Language Pathologist. They have known each other since they were seven years old, and have been best friends for many years.