Engineers Without Borders is not just for engineers. We need and welcome members from all majors. We look for members who have a passion to help others and improve lives of those who lacks access to some of the most basic needs of life such as clean drinking water, proper sanitation system etc.
EWB-GT supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders. We also work to promote a better understanding of global health concerns and humanitarian engineering, both within our member-base and throughout the Georgia Tech community.
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Our Current Projects
Engineers Without Borders GT (EWB-GT) aims to use engineering to aid communities meet their basic needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges
Today, more than two billion people lack access to basic resources, such as clean drinking water, adequate sanitation, reliable passage to local markets and more. EWB-GT is a chapter of EWB-USA, an organization engineering change in 39 countries around the world to change this reality -- one well at a time, one bridge at a time, one community at a time.
Mission and Vision
EWB is a nonprofit humanitarian organization established to support community-driven development programs worldwide through partnerships that design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences that enrich global perspectives and create responsible leaders. We envision a world in which the communities we serve have the capacity to sustainably meet their basic human needs.
Each of EWB-GT’s seven projects has a unique set of goals specific to the community with which they work. These goals can range from implementation of sustainably water sources to improved air quality via innovative cookstove design.
How does EWB-GT meet its goals?
The Georgia Tech chapter of Engineers without Borders achieves its goals through collaboration between students and communities. To efficiently address issues in a variety of diverse communities around the world EWB has in place a unique network of collaboration in which students, mentors, NGO’s and community members work together to identify and address the most pressing environmental and health issues.
Nicaragua: EWB-GT’s Nicaragua Project is partnered with Rayo del Sol, a NGO focused on improving the lives of children in Nicaragua. The project is designing a cost-effective, sustainable and clean cookstove to improve the health of women and children exposed to current conditions.
Uganda: This project has already installed solar panels to power the new pump which has replaced the India Mark II hand pump. The next step is to begin the designing and construction of a gravity-fed distribution system. For the impending implementation trip scheduled to occur in August 2016, a 36,000 liter tank will be constructed and the commencement of the construction of a 5 kilometer distribution system.
Cameroon: EWB-GT’s Cameroon Project is working to address health issues in Mungoa-goa by building a solar powered well to provide clean, accessible water to the community. The well has already been drilled to 70 meters and will require power from 10 Suntech 125W solar panels. To address health related issues, the project has been conducted educational initiatives on each trip to Cameroon.
Wish for Wash: Wish For WASH designs toilets to bring improved sanitation to those who lack this basic human need. Through our designs, we are reducing the spread of WASH related diseases using a cost-efficient, sustainable, and culturally sensitive product.
New projects are being established in Bolivia and Jamaica as well as a local partnership with an urban farm hear in Atlanta!
Upon acceptance onto a project members are assigned a committee within which they will work on a specific aspect of a project!
You do not have to be an engineering student to be a productive member of Engineers without Borders!
Communication: Each project has a communications committee which is responsible for relaying important information to the community in which the team works as well as raising awareness amongst the student body.
Finance: The finance committee of each project is responsible for raising the funds necessary to allow the project to address the needs of their community. This is often through grants, sponsorships, fund raisers, etc.
Technical: The technical committee is the team that work to address the engineering aspects of each project. This can range from designing wells, researching solar energy, designing cook stoves, etc. depending on the project.
Weekly Project Meetings: Each project holds its own meeting during which students work as a collective team as well as with their specific committees. Project goals, updates, and assignments are often detailed during this time.
Bi-Monthly Chapter Meetings: EWB-GT holds Bi-monthly chapter meetings in which all projects come together to discuss chapter wide progress and important achievements.
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1. The most important goal is to continue to make progress within our currently active projects which includes Nicaragua, Uganda, Jamaica, and Wish for Wash. Nicaragua aims to design efficient and affordable cookstoves which will improve the respiratory health of community members and lower the risk for many diseases. Uganda aims to provide clean water to rural community members to improve overall health and standard of living. Wish for Wash aims to reduce waste and provide rural community members with an efficient toilet which saves water yet works well.
2. EWB-GT is currently in the process of introducing a new, structures-focused project to our line-up
3. EWB-GT is working on improving member retention and involvement through increasingly relevant programming for our members and positive engagement on all levels, from our Executive Board to our Project Leads to our team members.