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EWB: Engineers Without Borders, NU Student Chapter

Since their establishment in 2004, EWB-USA NEU have designed and constructed water projects in eight communities in Honduras, Uganda, and Panama, affecting over 2,000 individuals. Students are continually drawn to EWB-USA NEU with the goal of helping societies in need, while gaining firsthand experience in all phases of the engineering design process. EWB-USA NEU is a dually focused organization: aiding communities in the developing world by implementing sustainable engineering solutions, while striving to give students a global experience and skills beyond the classroom.

The Honduras program has become well respected in the Yoro District of Honduras for building reliable and sustainable water systems. With this reputation and the support of their partner organizations, the Honduras design team has completed five water systems. Recently, EWB-USA NEU completed the design and construction of a fed system in the village of El Carrizalito, which includes extending the electric grid to power the pump. The Honduras design team has recently returned from the assessment of a sixth community and will be moving on to design work this year.

In 2009, EWB-USA NEU began their Uganda program in the village of Bbanda. Over the past 5 years EWB-USA NEU has installed four rainwater catchment systems on schools, rehabilitated one rainwater catchment system, and drilled two boreholes. The Uganda design team, while working alongside the Bbanda community, has also designed and completed the construction of a community-wide water distribution system. The Uganda design team is now looking into expanding the water distribution system by adding an additional source, tank, and more tap stands to meet demand. The goal is to increase the quality of drinking water and decrease the distance to the access of clean water.

This year EWB-USA NEU took on a third project in the community of Las Delicias, Panama. The goal of the project is to increase the access and quality of water. The Panama team recently returned from their first assessment trip in August of 2015. This year, the team plans to begin working on the design of a community-wide water distribution system.

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Awards & Highlights:

  • Projects in Honduras and Bbanda, Uganda building clean, reliable water systems
  • Recent graduate member receives IEEE GOLD Humanitarian Fellowship
  • 2008 Sustainable Legacy Award 1st place Winner
  • Chapter named "Project of the Month" by EWB-USA - 2008
  • National Premier Chapter - 2010, 2014
  • Featured on to promote nation's image in the world
  • Read their newsletter - 20102011, 2012, 2013-2014, 2014-2015

Student Organization Advisor

Fall Weekly Meeting
Usually held in 420 Shillman but check website for changes
  • Mondays 7pm for Uganda
  • Tuesdays 7pm for Honduras
  • Thursdays 7pm for Panama