Providing safe drinking water without an abundance of resources is one of the key goals of CU-Boulder students working on Engineers Without Borders projects in Nepal, Rwanda, and Peru.
Civil engineering student Amelia Lyons, pictured at right, is one of many students putting their engineering skills to use while helping to bring sustainable solutions to a host of health-related concerns faced by developing communities.
Their work is organized through the national nonprofit Engineers Without Borders, which was started at CU-Boulder and is one of the many ways the college is offering hands-on, active learning and design experiences to enhance the engineering curriculum.
In Namsaling, Nepal, CU students are helping to develop a safe drinking water plan for the community, while also installing a wireless local network to enhance health care and education by opening up communication with doctors at a remote hospital, and teaching school children how to design and build LED lights for their classroom.
A second CU team is designing a potable water system for Llakamate, Peru, while a third group that has been addressing water issues in Muramba and Mugonero, Rwanda for the last several years is undertaking a new effort to introduce high-efficiency cooking stoves as a micro-enterprise.
EWB teams are comprised of students, faculty, and professional engineers who work alongside the communities to design and implement solutions. Want to get involved?
Learn more at the Engineers Without Borders-CU website.