Thanks to everyone who came out to join us last Friday, October 21, 2011 on College Avenue for Tuko Pamoja – We Are Together, our African-themed festival hosted by the Kenya committee. The awareness event featured activities and exhibitions including the TWESE African Dance Troupe, African conga drums, the Rutgers Swahili Language club, Sigma Phi Delta, and plenty of food. Thanks to the aforementioned groups and everyone who contributed to make the event so successful, especially Nicole Kent and all of the Kenya Committee.
In other news, the Guatemala Committee will be hosting the Second Annual Video Game Tournament on Friday, November 4 in SERC Room 209. To help out, contact Guatemala Project Lead Natalie Wright (
) or Guatemala Fundraising Chair Divya Vijapurapu (
). We will feature a tournament with prizes, games (Halo, FIFA, COD, Super Smash Bros., Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and more) and plenty of food from Chipotle, Jimmy John's, Dunkin Donuts, Au Bon Pain, and Starbucks! Click to enlarge the flyer.
Don't forget to come by our Chapter Meeting on Wednesday, November 2 at 7:30pm in BCC Room 122.
Within the World's Reach: Technologies for All
Within the World's Reach: Technologies for All
Please join us
at 5p.m. on Monday, November 7, 2011
in theBusch Campus Center Multipurpose Room
with our special guest Dr. Christopher C. Obropta of the Water Resources Program
to learn about technologies that greatly impact societies at large.
* Featuring the Technologies Workshop: Biosand Filters*
* Food and refreshments will be served *
Engineers Without Borders - USA Rutgers
presents an event in the series
Technologies Without Borders: Technologies Across Borders
Across the nation, the uttering of the word "technology" draws with it extravagant images of the latest high performance devices on the market. However, the field of technology extends beyond the social applications of laptops, data phones, and iPads; technology is the usage and knowledge of tools, techniques or systems that are employed to promote a service or solve a problem. Around the world technology is being applied to tackle pending issues that face communities. Engineers Without Borders - USA Rutgers seeks to assist developing communities worldwide in an effort to improve their quality of life. Through the use of sustainable technologies, EWB-USA Rutgers strives to breathe life back into communities - generally by delivering vital water to target villages. Technologies that may pass unnoticed to us, can provide life internationally.
Christopher C. Obropta, Ph.D., P.E is the Extension Specialist in Water Resources with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, and he is an Associate Professor with the Department of Environmental Sciences at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University. He has a doctorate in Civil Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Rutgers, Dr. Obropta was an environmental consultant for 12 years at Omni Environmental Corporation. Dr. Obropta has a background in watershed management, water quality modeling, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, and coastal engineering. His specific experience includes watershed restoration,onsite wastewater treatment system design and management, wasteload allocations and TMDL studies, stormwater management, wetland design, effluent dilution analyses, longshore sediment transport, computer-aided design, and geographic information systems (GIS). He teaches Bioresource Engineering Design I & II, where he directs student design teams to develop solutions to complex real-life engineering problems. With his extensive and impressive background, Dr. Obropta leads his highly specialized staff from the Water Resources Program to create innovative solutions to water quality issues in New Jersey.
Associate Extension Specialist in Water Resources Rutgers Cooperative Extension 14 College Farm Road New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8551 P: (732) 932-9800 ext. 6209 F: (732) 932-8644 C: (908) 229-0210 http://water.rutgers.edu/
The Global Reach of EWB–USA
Please join us at the premiere on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 7p.m. in the Busch Campus Center Multipurpose Room with the Rutgers University Writers House, a part of Rutgers English in the school of Arts and Sciences.
As part of a collaborative effort between the RU School of Engineering and the RU Writers House, this documentary of our first international project takes a look at the behind-the-scenes implementation of the water purification system in Nong Bua, Thailand. Consisting of alumna Chantal Eyong and SAS student Steve Holloway, the Writers House documentary team followed alongside the Rutgers EWB-USA travel team for three weeks during the summer of 2008 to bring clean, potable water to a rural village. Dena Seidel, the film's director and producer is an award-winning documentary editor, producer, and writer, as well as the Director of Digital Storytelling at the Writers House. Seidel’s credits include films for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, Channel 13/WNET, HBO, ABC, The Learning Channel, WGBH Boston, Turner broadcasting and Court TV.
Thanks to Busch campus Dean Thomas Papathomas, College Avenue campus Dean Matt Matsuda and Cook campus Dean Rick Ludescher for the sponsorship of the film's promotional video (top).
The event will be a double feature of the premiere of Thailand Untapped (trailer above) and the festival-winning Atlantic Crossing. A Q&A and reception will follow the screening.
On September 24, 2011, members of EWB-USA Rutgers volunteered during the Rutgers vs. Ohio football game. A percentage of the profits will go to the Guatemala Committee for the post-implementation phase of the water supply project in Nueva Santa Caterina Ixtahuacan.
Be sure to come out to our next General Body Meeting on Wednesday, October 5th, at 7pm in BCC room 122-AB and speak with the executive board and project committee members! In addition to the Kenya and Guatemala Project meetings, keep your eye out for our various committee meetings for the African Fest (Tuko Pumoja), the Camden irrigation initiative, and the Technologies Without Borders banquet.