Eyerusalem Hayelalul / Sarah J. Halvorson

eyerusalem hayelalul

Eyerusalem Hayelalul

(Architecture and CoTM)

Eyerusalem Hayelalul is an Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Technology. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, with a Minor in Urban Planning at the University of Gondar. Before joining the faculty, she spent almost a year working in industry as a Junior Architect in Addis Ababa. During that time, she took part in designing hotels, resorts, residential houses and doing site supervisions. In October 2017, she joined the University of Gondar, and since that time she has coordinated courses on Communication Skills I and IV, AutoCAD, Fundamentals of Architecture, and Basic Design.

For her undergraduate thesis, she designed an Aquatic Rehabilitation Center for the East Africa region as a response to the endangerment and extinction of many aquatic species. She is currently working on developing a digital library to serve as a repository for books and scholarly works by students. This digital library will help to increase access to and provision of books and research materials to students and members of the UG faculty. She is also planning to undertake graduate studies in Interior Design.

Eyerusalem grew up in Addis Ababa surrounded by her whole extended family. Her parents work in the public health sector. In her spare time, she does freelance architectural projects. Her hobbies include sketching, drawing comic books and flip books, and watching movies.

sarah halvorson

Sarah J. Halvorson


Sarah J. Halvorson is a Professor in the Department of Geography and a faculty member in the Systems Ecology Intercollegiate Graduate Program. She earned a B.A. in English, with a Minor in Asian Studies at St. Olaf College and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Geography at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before pursuing her graduate studies, she served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer from 1990 to 1992 in Chad, Central Africa. She lived and worked with Kanembou-speaking communities to address a diverse array of community water supply and sanitation challenges in the Lake Chad region. In 2000 she joined the faculty at the University of Montana. She teaches undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of regional geography, mountain environments, international development, water policy and management, environmental risks and hazards, geography education, qualitative methods, and research design. She has conducted field studies in the Rocky Mountain West, African Sahel, European Alps, Central Asia, and South Asia. For over 25 years, she has maintained a particular focus on mountain livelihoods and human dimensions of climate change in the Hindu Kush-Karakoram-Himalaya. In additional to teaching on campus, she has led numerous field courses in western Montana and internationally. She actively mentors undergraduate and graduate students on research projects addressing diverse environment-society related questions. In addition to teaching and research, she has provided geography education leadership and professional development to K-12 teachers in the State of Montana for over ten years and currently serves as the National Geographic Society’s Montana Geography Steward. In her free time, she enjoys exploring mountains, rivers, and local food cultures with her three children.

Sarah J. Halvorson
Professor of Geography
Faculty Member in the Systems Ecology Intercollegiate Graduate Program