Improving lives in low-resource communities

through holistic research, engineering and education

Noble Pursuits was founded in 2012 with the goal of improving lives in low-income communities around the world through holistic research, engineering and education.




About the Founder

James Harper, PE is motivated by what can improve lives in low-income communities around the world. James Harper is currently an educator and researcher in Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. Trained as an engineer, experienced as a STEM educator and a mechanical design engineer, and currently working to improve engineering design using behavioral science, James works to improve public health in rural low-income contexts and educate youth in the western world about related topics. James has worked primarily on infrastructure development projects in rural Cambodia, Bangladesh, and India, including designing and constructing community-scale water treatment systems, solar power systems, and earthquake-resistant housing; and researching how human behavior affects fecal sludge management. I'm a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer and have taught STEM for over 10 years. Originally from Gilroy, CA, James lived in San Diego, CA for many years and now lives in Broomfield, CO. James has volunteered extensively for mountain rescue and various development organizations, and enjoys hiking and travelling with his partner, Devon, and rescue pit bull, Canela.