Tufts Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is a student group at Tufts University that designs and implements sustainable engineering projects in developing...

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Engineers Without Borders (EWB)

Tufts Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is a student group at Tufts University that designs and implements sustainable engineering projects in developing communities. EWB at Tufts is unique in that it includes liberal arts and engineering students who work together to integrate the conceptual and technical strengths of both schools and thereby strengthen our chapter's projects in the communities in which we work.

Tufts EWB works with professional and faculty mentors to design technologically sound projects in communities who express their desire to partner with us. To ensure the sustainability of our projects, we build robust relationships with our partner communities and use participatory methods to address their most pressing needs. Throughout the lifespan of our projects, the communities are highly involved in the assessing, designing, implementing, and monitoring phases.

Tufts EWB is working on projects in Mbale, Uganda and Porvenir, El Salvador that focus on clean water access. Each team travels at least once a year, performing assessments, monitoring, and implementing new designs. Throughout the year our teams meet to design structurally sound water solutions, communicate with non-government organizations in participating countries and community members, and communicate and collaborate with other EWB groups across the nation and groups with similar interest at Tufts. Group members gain experience writing and applying for grants as well as working with other students to apply what they have learned in the classrooms at Tufts to designs that can drastically impact the lives of individuals who need it the most.

Please learn more about Tufts EWB out in other places on the web:

Our website: http://sites.tufts.edu/ewb/
Our facebook
A video from a past trip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fx5u8_v4Eyk uganda video
A Tufts Daily article on our trip.

In the past, Tufts EWB projects have focused on increased clean water access to communities. The first EWB project was located in Tibet, followed by projects in Haiti, Ecuador, Arada Vieja, El Salvador, and finally, our current project areas. Tufts EWB makes a strong effort to collaborate with other student groups on campus and across the nation. We have worked with students from Stanford, Brown, Northeastern, as well as the EWB Boston's Professional Chapter, and continue to look forward to reach out to other groups.  

Engineers Without Borders is currently devoting most of its time and energy into designing sustainable solutions for implementation when projects travel over winter and spring vacations. In the coming semesters, we hope to collaborate with other student groups to bring interesting speakers to Tufts that help bring awareness to our cause. In past years, we have partnered with Tufts Timmy to create an event called "1.4 Billion Reasons," in which we addressed issues of global poverty by bring speakers to campus. You can read more about the efforts here in an article written about the event by the Tufts Daily.

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Empower Project in Uganda

EWB Ecuador

EWB El Salvador

EWB Tibet

TILIP Haitian Delegation

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Challenges to Clean Water Access in Malawi

Emma Inhorn investigates the clean water problems facing many citizens of Malawi

IGL Student speaks on her research and experience in Ghana

Jhanel Chew reflects on her trip to Ghana, where she observed Ghanaian people doing daily behaviors.

Video: Tufts EWB in Uganda

Watch a brief video from the Tufts EWB team in Uganda working on clean-water access