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We are the largest philanthropic organization at Rutgers University that has demonstrated a substantial amount of professionalism, technical expertise, and drive. As a result, we are the 2011 EWB-USA Premier Chapter, our Thailand Project is featured in the documentary Thailand: Untapped directed by Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Dena Seidel, and we consistently manage to raise the essential funds to keep all of our projects going year after year. Our chapter is constantly evolving, but constantly diverse as well. The work that we do is largely multidisciplinary and all you need is the willingness to learn and help. Consequently, we look for expertise and passion.

Here's how you can get active:

 

 

  • Rutgers Undergraduate Students

    1. Go to our meetings and events. We have Chapter Meetings in the Fall and Spring semesters and Project Meetings year-round. We encourage our general body to join a project and for everyone to join us at the general chapter meetings. Various smaller committee meetings for fundraising, events, and local community service projects also occur throughout the year. If you'd like to get involved, meet us, and learn about our projects, attending meetings that fit into your schedule is the best way to start.
    2. Subscribe to our Google Calendar – it's the simplest way to know where we are.
    3. Join the mailing lists for any pertinent information about the Chapterthe Guatemala Project Committee, and the Kenya Project Committee.
    4. Get added to our project sites on Sakai. Ask the project lead about getting access to Sakai to learn more and delve right into a project.


    It is never too late to start, whether you're a freshman who had the sudden urge in the middle of the Spring semester or a junior who has regretted not joining. We are always looking for and love help, and if you have the will to get involved in the best cause on campus, simply go to a meeting.

    There's a place for everyone and you don't have to be an engineering student. Although we seek the knowledge-base and skills of engineering majors, we have a spot for anyone driven who has caught the EWB bug. Believe it or not, the design work is the least intimidating of the challenges our project teams face when there's social and political problems to navigate through in the international communities we partner with.

    To become a member, there is a $15.00 semesterly fee that will also cover your EWB-USA student membership. Membership dues support the sustainability of the chapter as well as allow one to travel on project trips and participate in the regional and international conferences.

    We also highly recommend that students attend the regional and international conferences. We've received nothing but positive feedback regarding these experiences. More information about these conferences can be found on the Northeast Region and International websites.

    Once you've gotten involved with our projects and events; talk about it to professors, friends, and family. Let them know what it is about this organization that interests you. Spread the word!

    Please contact us with any questions or comments you may have – we'd love to hear from you.

 

 

  • Rutgers Graduate Students -

    1. Go to our meetings and events. We have General Body Meetings in the Fall and Spring semesters and Project Meetings year-round. We encourage our general body to join a project and for our project members to join us at the general member meetings. There are also various smaller committee meetings for fundraising, events, and local community service projects. If you'd like to get involved, meet us, and learn about our projects, attending meetings that fit into your schedule is the best way to start.
    2. Subscribe to our Google Calendar – it's the simplest way to know where we are.
    3. Join the mailing lists for any pertinent information about the Chapterthe Guatemala Project Committee, and the Kenya Project Committee.
    4. Get added to our project sites on Sakai. Ask the project lead about getting access to Sakai to learn more and delve right into a project.

    Like undergraduate students, you may also participate in any of our projects. However, please be aware that the Engineering Governing Council only permits us to help fund for costs of undergraduate students. That issue aside, we've found that graduate students (the ones that have time) are in a unique position as the medium between undergraduate and faculty knowledge and experience.

    For more information, feel free to contact us and let us know how you'd like to help.

 

 

  • Rutgers Faculty - Our chapter is always looking for faculty who are interested in getting involved with the Engineers Without Borders-USA Rutgers Chapter. The spread of EWB-USA & International globally is attributed to its immense population in educational institutions. For a student chapter, professors serve as the most direct source for technical assistance and networking. For a student, the opportunity to work with a professor outside of the classroom seems too good to be true. Here are six specifics on how you can get involved:

    1. Get in touch and join our mailing list! We will keep you informed of future events, projects, and difficulties, and if you find that you can be much help in one of our projects, you will know how to reach us as well. This type of connection should last years regardless of student graduation. Add yourself to the chapter mailing list here.
    2. Become a faculty mentor! Who says that you have to only focus on technical assistance? As students graduate, a small adjustment period is inevitable. Having a long-term faculty mentor will help to shorten this time and alleviate its difficulties. We work with real communities around the world who rely on our help to better their quality of life. Every minute we spend to get organized is another minute that the community waits for us. Although we are only a student organization, a lot of our work is communicating with professionals, companies, and professors in order to apply for grants and seek funding.
    3. Get involved with a project! Have you always wanted to travel abroad to do philanthropic work? Faculty have priority on any project team regardless of experience. Even if you know nothing about the technical aspect, feel free to join students, graduate and undergraduate, and professional engineers as we learn together on how to become more internationally aware through the development of sustainable solutions.
    4. Become a project lead! The technical aspect of any project is the responsibility of the professional engineer – the primary project lead. However, if a faculty adviser is a professional engineer, or if they have significant experience in the proper field, then they may also become the project lead. This scenario is the ideal for any EWB-USA project team.
    5. Incorporate us into your research! If your research team has a focus on any topic that can be tied to sustainability and/or developing communities, contact us to discuss how we can collaborate. Additionally, many deans and faculty advisers have agreed to consider giving credit for this type of work through a special problems course or senior design. 
    6. Teach a special problems course for our chapter! Students involved in the Rutgers chapter have expressed interest in courses offered at other universities that center around work they are already doing in this organization. These are usually courses about sustainable development for developing nations, which sometimes include a design project. Integration of EWB-USA's mission into the curriculum is not uncommon. The biggest obstacle in having this course is in finding a professor willing to give time for such a course. Contact us if you are interested in mentoring students in a class environment!

    Professors are encouraged to talk to their students about this organization. While a professor may speak with any Rutgers chapter member to get in touch, the official contact for university faculty is Elizabeth Silagi, Vice President. Please contact us for more information and tell us how you can help.

 

 

  • Professional Engineers - Having a PE on the project team is essential to the quality and success of the project. Please contact us if you want to work with our chapter on a new or current project either as the project lead or professional adviser. It is not uncommon for multiple professional engineers to work on the same project. Additionally, feel free to approach us with projects similar to our organization's mission and vision even if they are not affiliated with EWB-USA.

 

 

  • Rutgers Alumni -

    1. Join the mailing list for you, our alumni.
    2. Stay in touch! Have a lead? Contact us and even let one of us know what you're up to personally.

    We urge all Rutgers alumni to join our alumni network. This is a great way to expand our opportunities, stay in touch, and watch out for opportunities to continue to be a part of EWB-USA Rutgers. You will receive our bimonthly newsletter with the featured alumni interview, get invitations to our yearly events, or even snag one of our last-minute football game tickets for the game you forgot about.

 

 

  • Other EWB-USA Chapters - Our chapter is absolutely open to chapter collaboration. Feel free to approach us for anything - whether you are requesting our help or offering to help us.

 

 

  • Third Party Organization - The sustainability effort is a global initiative. If your organization is interested in sustainability, engineering, international service learning, third world development, global health, or anything that you feel we may have interest in, please don't hesitate to reach us. We are willing to find ways to collaborate with organizations that are religiously and politically indifferent.

 

  • All and other - We encourage everyone to join our mailing list for updates on our recent accomplishments, current updates, and future initiatives. In addition, this website is also a great source for updates and upcoming events. We also encourage anyone who has decided to commit to the Rutgers chapter to attend the Annual International Conference. This is a great way to meet everyone involved with EWB-USA and understand what this organization is truly capable of doing. Lastly, it should be acknowledged that fund-raising is usually the most difficult task for a volunteer organization like ours. A great way to help is by donating to our projects. You can make a difference at our donation page.

 

 

For all other inquiries and if there are any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

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