Congratulations to our EPA P3 Team for winning a Phase II Grant!
Rebecca Bender and Ronald Aguilar, current graduate students in Dr. Reinhold’s research group, successfully led a senior design team consisting of Gina Masell, Nicole Kruse, and Brian Smith to win a Phase II implementation grant for our work in Talamanca, Costa Rica.
Engineers Without Borders - Get Involved
EWB-MSU is comprised of undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members alike from all majors. Whether the task is in El Salvador, East Lansing, or anywhere else around the world, we aim to not only deliver successful solutions to environmental problems, but also to provide an education on what was accomplished. At MSU we understand how important a good education is and are especially aware of how privileged we are to receive it. It is a great honor of ours to share this privilege with the world and welcome anyone who wishes to help our cause.
Getting involved in EWB-MSU is as simple as attending our bi-weekly meetings.
During the Fall and Spring semesters the Engineers Without Borders Student Organization meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm in 1225 Engineering Building.
Visit the website: http://ewb.egr.msu.edu/
For more information about Engineers Without Borders please contact the 2016/2017 EWB Executive Board:
President: Emily Sullivan
Vice President: Chris Talaga
Treasurer: Olivia Tilli
Secretary: Raina Pintamo
PR Chair: Jake Stadler
Webmaster: Corrine Zeeff
Fundraising Chair: Kayla Cascarilla
Volunteer Chair: McKinley Brewer
RHA Chair: Alexis Kontorousis
Membership Chair: Michael Brown
January 2017, three MSU students, McKinley Brewer, Matt Benson, and Amanda Anguiano traveled to El Balsamar, El Salvador. They traveled with three Detroit Professionals, Esther Johnson, Vicky Persons, and Jack Babcock and stayed in the home of community members, Freddy and Veronica Recinossfar and their three children. Throughout their trip, the Engineers Without Borders team implemented three compositing latrines and taught the community about the importance of sanitation and the operation and maintenance of the latrines. With the help of the in country NGO, GAIA, EWB has implemented 30 composting latrines in the community since 2012. In January 2019, a final monitoring trip will take place to ensure the community is properly using and maintaining the latrines.
In August 2017, a group of MSU students and professional engineers will be traveling to Buyuni, Tanzania. During this trip, they will be implementing a rainwater collection system on an elementary school run by the Salvadorian Sisters. This is the first of three phases of this project. The following phases will include making the collected rainwater potable and then distributing it throughout the community.
MSU Engineering students working on rainwater containment project in Tanzania
Published: October 27, 2015
Contact(s): Tom Oswald , Patricia Mroczek
A team of Michigan State University engineering students who are assisting in the building of a rainwater containment system at a school in Tanzania has received a $25,000 grant to support the work.
The funding comes from the 2015 Ford College Community Challenge and will assist the student group Engineers Without Borders at MSU with the project.
EWB-MSU is one of 10 student-led sustainability projects in this year’s $250,000 challenge. The Ford C3 grants are part of more than $1.7 million in new and ongoing global educational investments by the Ford Fund, which contributes more than $8 million annually in scholarships, grants and other initiatives.
Tanzania Summer 2014
Members of Spartans Without Borders (a sister organization to Engineers Without Borders) traveled to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in August of 2014 to help implement a borehole well project. The well is approximately 80 meters deep, and now provides fresh water to the surrounding community.
Students also spoke with schools and community groups about health and sanitation, surveying the community and introducing a device called a "tippy tap" that aids in handwashing.
Alternative Spring Break 2014
Members of MSU’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) rolled up their sleeves and dug into a construction project in Tennessee’s scenic Citico Creek Wilderness during the first week of March. Nine engineering students spent their "alternative spring break" building a new path on the Mill Branch Trail in Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest. - See more at: http://www.egr.msu.edu/news/2014/03/17/alternative-spring-break-engineering-style
Members of MSU’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) rolled up their sleeves and dug into a construction project in Tennessee’s scenic Citico Creek Wilderness during the first week of March.
Nine engineering students spent their "alternative spring break" building a new path on the Mill Branch Trail in Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest.
Latrines that were constructed over winter break 2013 by GAIA, EWBs NGO partners in the El Balasmar community in El Salvador.
Over the summer of 2011, the Michigan State University Engineers Without Borders chapter received approval to work on a project in the community of El Balsamar, El Salvador. It is a poor community with approximately 600 residents (170 families), where the majority of incomes are supported by farming. Many El Balsamar families lack basic resources, including infrastructure and roads, clean water, and sanitation. The sanitation issues stem from a lack of human waste management facilities, which leads to the community being more susceptible to diseases and contamination of water sources in the region. One proposed project is to build 30-33 composting latrines throughout the community, targeting households with children of age five or less, and households near water sources.
The Michigan State University chapter conducted an assessment trip to El Balsamar from May 9 - May 15, 2012. The trip served as a way for our group to meet the community, to determine the feasibility of this project, and to gather information for the latrine design. With the conclusion of the assessment trip, it was determined that steps should be taken to implement our project design in the community. Our implementation trip is scheduled for March 2 -17, 2013.