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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 communities of Kianjavato, Madagascar to provide the community with lights in schools through renewable solar power and Zimba, Zambia to design and build a bridge between two communities.
Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA) is an international non-profit organization that aims to build a better world through engineering projects that empower communities globally to meet their basic human needs and equip leaders to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. It is an organization that supports community-driven development programs worldwide through the design and implementation of environmentally sustainable, equitable, and economic engineering projects.While advancing the quality of life in these communities, EWB-USA works to develop globally aware and personally responsible engineers and students. Through projects both here in Nebraska and abroad, EWB-NU empowers students to use their engineering skills to help others.
Dr. Jones and Dr. Shannon Bartelt-Hunt, both faculty in Civil Engineering, founded our EWB-USA student chapter in 2008. With students from every engineering major participating from both UNL and UNO, our student EWB-USA chapter has been recognized for their excellent work, 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.