EWB-USA Premier Student Chapter Award

EWB-USA Rutgers accepting its award as the 2011 Premiere Chapter
Above: 14 members and 2 professional mentors of the Engineers Without Borders-USA Rutgers Student Chapter receive the award.

EWB-USA Premier Chapter Award

The Engineers Without Borders USA Rutgers University Student Chapter has been named the 2011 recipient of the EWB-USA Premier Chapter Award.

The award was presented on Saturday, March 26, during an awards gala and reception held in conjunction with the Eighth Annual EWB-USA International Conference, which took place in Louisville, Ky.

The award recognizes outstanding EWB-USA Student and Professional Chapters who strive to meet the ideals of a successful chapter including excellence in organization, fundraising and public relations, engagement in mentor relationships with professional chapters, and excellence and leadership within chapter and regional participation.  

The Rutgers Student Chapter continues to demonstrate commitment to building a strong chapter and has ensured the successful implementation of projects in Guatemala and Kenya,” said Cathy Leslie, Executive Director of Engineers Without Borders USA. “The chapter made great strides to work alongside their communities to create lasting change, sustainability and impact; it is with great pleasure that we recognize them as a premier chapter.”

View the official press release from EWB-USA here.

Fundraising at NJ High School Basketball Championships
On March 9, 2011; members of the Rutgers chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA, with the assistance of Sigma Alpha Mu and Delta Epsilon Iota, succeeded in raising $2,420 towards the implementation of the water projects in both Guatemala and Kenya. This was possible only with the combined effort and donated time of all three organizations for this colossal double-header basketball match. EWB-USA Rutgers would like to thank both societies for generously donating their time!
Kenya Project Assessment Trip: Winter 2011

The Rutgers University Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA Kolunje Water Project team embarked on their second assessment trip January 9, 2011. The travel team welcomed two new members, Nicole Kent and Joe Newman; while students, Kajal Patel, David Wallace, and professional mentor Natalya Shimunova returned to Kolunje for a second time.

The travel team reassured existing relationships with the community and forged new ones with key stakeholders in the project. Returning to Kenya for a second, more thorough assessment, has allowed our project to improve its relationship with the community and gather additional information necessary to prepare for implementation of a 120 meter test well. On the ground, our team met with local politicians to share our plans to bring water to Kolunje and obtained quotes from two local well drillers. After familiarizing ourselves with the drilling process, our travel team conducted water quality tests of water sources in the community and surveyed our proposed well site. Armed with additional data and vital contacts, EWB-USA Rutgers Kolunje Water Project team feels confident moving ahead in bringing safe and healthy water to the people of Kolunje.

Guatemala Spring 2011 Trip Blog

During the week of March 12-19, 2011; four members of the Guatemala Project team and one of their professional mentors, David Tanzi will be on the first partial implementation trip in NSCI.

Read about it as it happens here at their travel blog!

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