The RTP Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with host-country partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while providing transformative experiences and fostering responsible leaders. The RTP Chapter accomplishes this through the implementation of Chapter projects and the support of EWB programs at Student Chapters in the Research Triangle area.
The National Organization
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. 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 educational opportunities that the EWB-USA program provides.
About us: Dubbed the “Blueprint Brigade” by Time Magazine, EWB-USA grew from little more than a handful of members in 2002 to over 12,000 today. EWB-USA has over 350 projects in over 45 developing countries around the world including water, renewable energy, sanitation and more. These projects are completed in partnership with local communities and NGOs. EWB-USA helps create a more stable and prosperous world by addressing people’s basic human needs by providing necessities such as clean water, power, sanitation and education.
Chapters: EWB members get involved by joining one of over 250 geographically-based chapters. Chapters are the foundation of the organization. They serve as the primary meeting place for members, functioning as a forum for members to plan projects and carry out EWB-USA’s mission. EWB-USA chapters are comprised of both engineers and non-engineers alike. The group welcomes students and professionals from all trades, including: public health, anthropology, geology, business, communications, and graphic design.
How we work: EWB-USA partners with developing communities in over 45 countries across the world. Through its projects, EWB-USA provides innovative professional educational opportunities that provide a global perspective. Each chapter makes at least a five-year commitment to a partnering community. With the community’s input, the chapter designs and implements low-cost, small-scale, replicable and sustainable engineering solutions to problems identified by the community. This includes water, sanitation, and renewable energy. EWB-USA members train local community members and local NGO’s to successfully monitor and maintain the projects.
Projects: EWB’s unique grassroots approach requires that all program proposals come directly from the communities themselves. This increases the likelihood of success by ensuring that the needs addressed are being identified and driven by the community. Every program begins with an assessment trip where the chapter performs a community needs assessment and works with the community to identify their priorities. During the following years the chapter returns to perform further assessment, implementation, training, and monitoring and evaluation trips. Throughout the program community members receive training on the maintenance and operation of their infrastructure and a financial mechanism is established to ensure long term economic sustainability.