About Engineers Without Borders

Engineers Without Borders – UW Madison (EWB-UW) is a non-profit student organization that partners with disadvantaged communities to implement sustainable solutions for community problems.

EWB-UW was established in 2003 under the guidance of the late Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Peter Bosscher, who helped the chapter to develop a program in Muramba, Rwanda. Now in its eighth year of operation, the once small student chapter has expanded to over 80 active members and maintains a minimum five-year commitment to four communities, making ours the largest chapter of Engineers Without Borders in the United States.

EWB strives to educate internationally responsible engineers and students. We embody the Wisconsin Idea by not only performing engineering and social services in the state of Wisconsin, but by providing engineering and social services to communities around the globe.

Our chapter currently works in Joyabaj, Guatemala; Tabuga, Ecuador; Lweza, Uganda; and Madison, Wisconsin. Ours is a true partnership with our host communities, and community participation is crucial to the success of our projects. Communities play an active role in project selection and exhibit complete control over our projects. Community ownership during the design process is important, but community ownership post-implementation is necessary in order to maintain our projects and to ensure that our projects fulfill their intended purpose.

Please refer to the ‘Projects’ tab for more detail and contact information about each project.

  • Completed Projects
    • Red Cliff, Wisconsin - Storm water management (2007-2009)
    • El Salvador– Wastewater collection system, bridge implementation, microbial studies
    • Haiti – Efficient roofing, pipeline installation, health clinic, agroforestry
    • Kenya – Biosand filtration, agroforestry, sustainable irrigation techniques, microfinance
    • Rwanda – Rainwater catchment, fuel briquettes, biosand filtration.
    • Vilas Beach (Madison, Wisconsin) – Mycelium filtration, community outreach