Einstein once said: “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” A growing number of today’s college students embrace this message. They go to school to gain skills and insights with the idea of using them to better the world. Many of these social entrepreneurs come to the table with big ideas; some make a huge impact. Mark Huerta is one of them.

Today, Huerta, 25, is an ASU engineering education doctoral student, and he’s also the CEO of nonprofit 33 Buckets, which helps communities in underdeveloped countries gain access to clean drinking water. About 1.8 billion people globally do not have access to safe, potable water, and each year millions die by drinking from contaminated sources. It’s a problem Huerta and fellow ASU students and graduates are now tackling.

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