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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. 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. In the coming year we will continue supporting our community partner in Rwanda through the development of a clay transport system. Our projects continue to engage SCU students of every engineering discipline and include education about Rwandan culture and sustainable international development. We aim to encourage enriched global perspectives through the innovative, professional, and education opportunities in which we engage.

Events and Activities

• Off-Campus Engineering Projects 
• Social Events (kickball tournament, bowling night)
• Guest Speakers
• Fundraisers and Outreach Opportunities

President: Benjamin Mahony
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tonya Nilsson
Organization Contact

  • Uche Agwu (MECH '18) and EWB students worked along side at least 200 community members as they worked to level the site for a K-3 elementary school in Rwanda.

    Traveling to Rwanda: Top 10 Lessons I Learned

    Traveling to Nyange, Rwanda, with EWB was one of the greatest experiences I have had as a Santa Clara engineering student. The opportunity to use the engineering skills I have gained throughout the years at SCU to empower the tile-making cooperative we work with was truly humbling and rewarding. I also learned a lot and here are my top 10 lessons for any future EWB Rwandan travelers and/or other service-based travelers:

  • 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.