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Engineers without Borders (EWB)

Our vision is a world in which the communities we serve have the capacity to sustainably meet their basic human needs, and that our members have enriched global perspectives through the innovative, professional, and educational opportunities in which we engage. EWB-USA supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders. Immediate goals for our student chapter in the upcoming year include: the development and cultivation of relationships with industry professionals through our annual Networking Benefit (Winter 2017); the design of an energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly kiln based on data collected this summer in a small Rwandan community (Summer 2016); and the creation of an educational curriculum for refugee children learning to code using Raspberry Pi’s (2016-17).

Events and Activities

• Kickball Tournament
• Networking Benefit
• Guest Speakers
• Off Campus Projects

President: Meg Ackerson
Faculty Advisor: Tonya Nilsson
Organization Contact
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  • Annual Networking Benefit

    Our Annual Networking & Benefit Event is nearly upon us! Come learn about the final stages of our project in Rwanda building a portable tile press and our new Jordan project. We would love for you to come meet us and learn more about EWB as you enjoy food and drink in the company of other professionals and faculty members. Our 3rd Annual Networking & Benefit Event will be held on Thursday, February 18th from 6 to 9pm in the SCU Nobili Dining Hall. There will be a presentation, guest speakers, and a raffle.

  • Mohit Nalavadi is a senior bioengineering student at Santa Clara University. He spent two weeks in Rwanda in August 2015.

    Pass the Wrench, Please

    Bioengineering senior Mohit Nalavadi, a member of our student chapter of Engineers Without Borders, shares his experience of bringing labor-saving technology to a village in Rwanda in this account that first appeared on

  • EWB Women of Nyange

    Women of Nyange

    Women of Nyange help roof the house of a widow who attends PICO training weekly. As the rainy season started, she was forced to live with another family. Now she will be able to move back into her own home.