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.


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