CU EIA (Engineers in Action), formerly CU B2P (Bridges to Prosperity), is a student-led volunteering chapter of the non-profit Engineers in Action. CU EIA students have developed and implemented 10 footbridge projects in Bolivia and eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland). We give all of our members the opportunity to work and travel on bridge building trips. Because we develop the project from start to finish, we need people from all colleges to have a well-rounded team that can complete all the challenges that come with a project of this magnitude: fundraising, blog writing, social media, grant writing and bridge design among others. Our parent organization, Engineers in Action, is a collection of professionals with the mission of improving the lives of people in need through sustainable programs that build their capacity while also helping develop global awareness for program participants. So far, footbridges built in rural areas have not only enabled a 12% increase in children enrolling in school, but also a 24% increase in healthcare, an 18% increase in women employed and a 15% increase in local business and they are not stopping there. We are part of a movement that envisions a world where geographic factors, such as impassable rivers, are no longer a cause of poverty; a world where healthcare, education, transportation and markets are accessible for all.
Please describe any annual events you plan, conference you attend, regularly scheduled meetings (location, time, etc.). This information appears publically on the directory so the more you provide, the easier it is for students to get involved.
Weekly Meetings on Tuesday, 7-8pm in Ketchum 1B44
University Conference Presentations
Bridge Design Workshops
Bridge Implementation Trips to Bolivia and Swaziland
CU Boulder Crowdfund
Bridges and Brews
Community Fun Events
During the school year students learn how to design a bridge according to the manual put out by B2P. There are numerous opportunities to apply knowledge from classes and to work with industry professionals on the project. Over the course of the year, they also learn about the construction process in order to prepare for travel. In the summer, students travel to rural developing communities and lead the construction of the bridge, working alongside locals and ensuring the sustainability of the project.
Please list the @colorado.edu email for the organization.