Engineers Without Borders – UW Madison is a student run non-profit organization that works on five community development projects around the world. Our mission is to design and implement environmentally and economically sustainable solutions to community issues.
EWB-UW is dedicated to developing socially, environmentally, and ethically responsible students by providing opportunities to interact with different cultures and by raising awareness of the challenges faced by disadvantaged communities.
To learn how you can get involved please peruse the website and stop by any of our meetings. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the officers or project managers.
As the largest of 250 chapters of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) in the United States, the University of Wisconsin sends students and engineers around the globe to operate engineering projects for people in need. In 2003, a devastating landslide severed the main water pipeline in Muramba, Rwanda, drastically altering the community’s access to clean water. The team spent months repairing the pipeline and developing new water sources for Muramba. Over five years, Wisconsin’s EWB also helped build a canal crossing, expanded the town’s health clinic, and teamed with farmers to create more efficient plots for crops. Students further the “Wisconsin Idea,” put forth over 100 years ago, that knowledge should serve to fulfill the needs and aspirations of people.
7 EWB-UW students and a project mentor traveled to Urbana-Champaign, IL for the EWB Great Lakes Regional Conference November 4-6TH. The conference brought together more than 200 EWB student and professional chapters. There were workshops, panel discussions, and keynote speakers at the event. The group enjoyed their time and learned lots to bring back to EWB-UW.
EWB-UW Rwanda held its first annual 5k Halloween run/walk for Rwanda on Friday, October 21st. The run/walk was held along lake shore path and brought in about 35 participants. All of the proceeds go toward our clinic project. We want to thank everyone who participated or donated!
We are seeking a mentor to help with the creation of two irrigation canal ravine crossings in central Haiti. We currently have one structural-focused mentor and will need one more to help the group during the design and planning phases, as well as during the implementation trip. The community that we are helping, Bayonnais, Haiti, has a large region of non-irrigated farmland that has the potential to produce higher yields in addition to a greater variety of crops. An gravity fed irrigation ditch has been dug from the nearby Bayonnais River, but it cannot traverse two ravines without dropping drastically in elevation. The focus of this project is to construct small crossings that will allow this water to maintain its elevation through the ravines to irrigate a large region of land a small distance from the river. Preliminary designs have been created and the community is fully involved in the project. The first crossing is a single-span reinforced concrete bridge-type structure, while the 2nd crossing is a covered below-grade crossing.
Construction of the crossings is scheduled to be from January 3 - January 15, 2011. Our current mentor plans to travel the first week with the additional mentor needed the 2nd week. This situation may be alternated though if there is an unavoidable schedule conflict. The pre-implementation time commitment would not be too severe (roughly a few hours per week), as we have already begun the design iteration process. We would greatly appreciate any contact with interested professional members. Feel free to contact myself, Max Salick (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Haiti project leaders, Tyler Lark (email@example.com) and Kyle Ankenbauer (firstname.lastname@example.org), for any questions regarding this project.