Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA) is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. To ensure sustainability of its projects, communication with communities is maintained for no less than five years.
Our vision is a world in which the communities we serve have the capacity to sustainably meet their basic human needs, and that our members have enriched global perspectives through the innovative professional educational opportunities that the EWB-USA program provides.
EWB-USA 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.
The Rutgers University Student Chapter was founded by two university students, Dorothy Morallos and Kevin Tevis, in 2005 under the supervision of Dean Donald Brown. Since its inception, the chapter has sent students to Africa, Central America, and Asia in order to work on various projects. Additionally, the organization is at the forefront of the sustainable effort at Rutgers and also contributes to many local and community services.
The chapter was recognized as the 2011 Premier Chapter of EWB-USA and the chapter's Thailand Project was featured in the documentary film Thailand: Untapped directed by Emmy-winning documentary editor Dena Seidel. The film was accepted into the 2012 New Jersey Film Festival.
Students who are involved in the Rutgers chapter have the opportunity to engage in international projects, local projects, and research projects.
- The international project is the heart of Engineers Without Borders-USA. A team of students will work with university faculty and professional engineers who have volunteered to help in order to assess the needs of a developing community, develop a sustainable solution, and partner with the community to implement the solution. These projects typically require multi-year commitments from our most devoted members.
» click here to learn more about our international projects.
- Our local projects are widely attractive throughout the university. The term "local" is used loosely in meaning both domestic and community service. Students who look to volunteer locally may participate in park cleanups, river cleanups, and soup kitchens. The chapter is also well-represented in benefit events such as walks, dances, and concerts as well as organizing its own events such as Walk for Water. We are well-known for sending students to New Orleans, LA to aid in reconstruction after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. In addition, the chapter looks to collaborate with Rutgers officials in order to "green" the campus and to provide for a means of educating students about sustainability.
As of 2011, our chapter has adopted a local community service project in Camden as a collaboration with Rutgers Camden Law School student Stefan Erwin and the Camden Agricultural Coalition.
Engineers Without Borders-USA, Rutgers Chapter is a multidisciplinary organization with a growing population of non-engineering majors. Aside from working on technical details of a project, project teams must raise awareness and strengthen relationships with the community. Anyone, regardless of experience or expertise, is welcome to attend our general and project meetings!
To learn more about our chapter, please contact us.