The CU chapter of Engineers Without Borders has been selected by the national organization, EWB-USA, as one of seven premier chapters among 250 student and professional chapters across the country. CU students recently hosted the EWB-USA Mountain Region Conference, Oct. 5-7, while continuing design work for its projects in Nepal, Rwanda, and Peru.
The conference brought together more than 130 students and engineers from seven states to learn sustainable engineering practices from experts in the field, hone their technical skills in hands-on workshops, and network with other student and professional chapters. A few of the highlights were a workshop about project management in developing communities by Professor Bernard Amadei, founder of EWB-USA; a concrete quality control workshop by Thomas Bang; and a workshop about compressed earth block construction by James Hallock from Earth Block, Inc.
EWB-CU students also have taught high school students about EWB and the importance of globally minded engineers, and attended a Colorado Water Rotary Symposium in Denver to form new partnerships with water development groups in the area. All three teams are currently preparing for winter travel trips, which involves finalizing designs and lesson plans, submitting final documents to EWB-USA, organizing logistics, training the travel team, and much more.