Philanthropy & Community Service

From scholarships to Thanksgiving volunteering, SETTY is involved in serving our communities beyond our engineering design service. Below are just a few highlights from our recent work.


Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF) Real Estate Games Fundraiser

SETTY colleagues volunteer annually at the JDRF Games. The JDRF Real Estate Games is an annual fundraiser sponsored by the Washington DC area real estate community to benefit the JDRF Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Chapter. The JDRF Greater Chesapeake and Potomac Chapter and members of the commercial real estate industry have joined together to prove what they strongly believe- that there is a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D).

JDRF is the leading global organization focused on T1D research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until there is a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, policy influence and a working plan to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $450 million in charitable research in 17 countries.

To learn more about their research programs, please visit

INtroduce a Girl 2 Engineering Day @ SETTY

Thanks to all those who came out to join us for this great event. Over 75 participants learned about energy conservation, the physics of newton’s laws, P-traps, magnetism, and so much more. Thanks to our partners from Lutron, One Source, CG Wood Company, and ABC Printing. Looking forward to seeing more of you on President’s Day in 2020.

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The Setty family foundation’s Ashrae applied engineering challenge

Through ASHRAE, the challenge is intended to stimulate student-led groups to find engineering solutions for complex human issues and scenarios. As part of SETTY’s focus on disadvantaged communities around the world, the competition is open to all around the world. This year students were asked to design a self-sustaining community that included essential amenities. The winners were from the Institutionalization Teknologi Bandung for their creative design of a Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, and Ice-Plant System under One Condensing Unit as a Demonstrator-on-Wheels for Engineering Students. For more on the challenge, visit:

Thanksgiving Donations

2018 marked the first year of SETTY’s Thanksgiving food drive for the Fairfax County Kiwanis Meals for Young Minds Program. Our team prepared over 50 weekend meals for students who receive free and reduced lunches during the week at school, but have limited resources for meals over the weekend. Over 5,000 such students are in Fairfax County alone.

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German unification Celebration

SETTY-DC helped our colleagues at Hill International celebrate German Unification Day in SETTY’s DC offices.

Thanksgiving with KIPP DC

The KIPP DC Foundation supports its families every year by donating meals and turkeys for Thanksgiving. Pictured here are SETTY team members from SETTY-IN, SETTY-FFX, and SETTY-DC. For more on KIPP DC visit:


Team River Runners - Summer Connection with Veterans

Under the guidance of Mr. Pascal Pittman (SETTY-DC), SETTY has been connecting with the Veterans through team River Runners. The organization connects wounded veterans with kayaking and connecting them with the ever growing community of paddlers in the DC Metro area. For more on Team River Runners visit:

George Mason University Robotics Team Sponsorship

FRC is a program for students in 8th-12th grade. These students build robots to play a game that is revealed only 6 weeks before the robot must be ready. Teams from all around the world compete in district events to try to qualify for the world championships in Houston and Detroit. 1418 is currently ranked 2nd out of 126 teams in the Chesapeake district and competed in the District championship last March for a chance to go to the world championship Detroit. For more on First Robotics Competition Teams, visit:

Other activities include:

  • TJHSST Star Guest Speaking

  • DC Kitchen Volunteering

  • Rotary International Foundation Day