About

Engineers Without Borders USA, NC State Student Chapter is a student organization dedicated to improving lives through the design and implementation of engineered projects to address the needs of disadvantaged peoples. Further, EWB-USA, NCSU works to serve the local community.

Mission Statement

EWB-USA, NCSU strives to develop sustainable engineering practices in local and international communities through research, education, and networking by building on existing infrastructure with committed members, consistent funding, and technical expertise.

EWB-USA was founded in 2002 by University of Colorado-Boulder Civil Engineering professor, Dr. Bernard Amadei in order to address some of the most prevalent challenges facing the developing world, including water purification and delivery, sanitation, transportation and infrastructure projects, and sustainable and renewable energy systems. What started as a backyard conversation with a landscaper from San Pablo, Belize resulted in a clean water system for the local community and sparked a global engineering movement that has directly impacted more than one million people to date. The nonprofit started with 18 members and one university chapter. And today, EWB-USA is comprised of an expansive network of over 12,000 members and more than 225 university student and professional chapters engaged in over 400 active programs in 45 countries around the world.

The North Carolina State University Student Chapter, founded in 2006, has three active projects; a water sanitation project in Bolivia, an energy project in Sierra Leone, and a water systems project in Sierra Leone.

Each project committee is made up of approximately 10 – 20 students from a variety of majors, both engineering, and non-engineering. In addition, each project has at least one profession mentor with significant work experience in a relevant field. For more information about the projects, please contact one of the project leads:

Laura Saleeby (Bolivia Water Sanitation): bws@ewbncsu.org

Leif Reinert (Sierra Leone Renewable Energy): slre@ewbncsu.org

Vini Taguchi (Sierra Leone Water Systems): slws@ewbncsu.org