Imagine putting your engineering knowledge to use to help people around the world all while building your leadership skills! Here at the University of Nebraska our student-run EWB-USA chapter works with the remote community of Kianjavato, Madagascar to provide the community with better access to clean water and to provide lights in schools through renewable solar power. Our student members have also worked in Uganda and are currently considering projects in Zambia.
With students from every engineering major participating from both campuses, our student EWB-USA chapter has been recognized for their excellent work here in Nebraska and in Madagascar, including receiving the 2014 EWB-USA Midwest Regional Premier Chapter Award and the UNL Student Organization Award for Philanthropy and Service. Several of the student leaders and members have also received university awards for their work in EWB-USA. In 2014, one of the faculty advisors, Dr. Libby Jones, received the EWB-USA Peter J. Bosscher Faculty Advisor Award for Outstanding Leadership. Dr. Jones and Dr. Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, both faculty in Civil Engineering, founded our EWB-USA student chapter in 2008.
Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA) is an international non-profit organization committed to improving the quality of life in developing communities through the implementation of environmentally sustainable, equitable, and economical engineering projects. While advancing the quality of life in these communities, EWB-USA works to develop globally aware and personally responsible engineers and students.
EWB-USA is an organization that supports community-driven development programs worldwide through the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while fostering responsible leadership.
Madagascar Quick Facts
- Located off the southeast coast of Africa
- World's fourth largest island
- About the size of Texas
- 22 million people live there; over half of them are younger than 18 years old
- 77% of households live below the poverty level
- 80% of the animals and plants on Madagascar live nowhere else
- The average income is less than $1/day per person
- 90% of the original forest has been destroyed