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    Make a difference
    in the lives of people
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    Currently we are working with 5 indigeneous tribes
    (Haorani, Siona, Cofan, Quechua,Secoya) in the Equadorian Amazon
    to provide them with potable drinking water.
    These communities have been devastated by oil mining operations
    that began in the 1970's.

EWB- SJSU Chapter. Mission Statement.

"To partner with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through the implementation of environmentally sound and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing internationally responsible engineering students."

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About EWB-SJSU

About EWB-SJSU

Engineers Without Borders, San Jose State University student chapter was founded in 2006 by a group of visionary and enthusiastic students and faculty passionate about transforming formal engineering education to useful, humanitarian services for under served populations. 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 educational opportunities that the EWB-USA national program provides. We seek to accomplish this by supporting 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 first project, a handicap access ramp for a local camp, continued from 2007 to 2010. During this time, EWB-SJSU also collaborated with the local professional chapter, EWB-SFP on several projects, sending students to Honduras and Tanzania to work on water systems being developed in those communities. The local communities around the world recommend the projects. Throughout the project process, EWB-SFP volunteers train local community members, NGOs on the ground, and others to monitor and maintain the projects, while developing managerial, technical, and entrepreneurial skills.

How and Why to get involved

    Student work includes all aspects associated with the project, from technical design of the actual system to logistics coordination, fundraising, and outreach.

    EWB-SJSU welcomes all majors, not just engineering students! New member recruitment is held throughout every semester. If you're interested in joining the club, please contact us. Info sessions and meetings will be held at the beginning of each semester with a membership application due shortly thereafter.

    How to Become a Member of EWB-SJSU


    Fill out the online membership form:



Our Projects
  • Cofan Dureno, Ecuador
  • In the early 1970's, large scale oil mining operations began in the Ecuadorian Amazon that forever changed the health of the jungle ecosystem. Due to civilization's overwhelming thirst for oil, the natural equilibrium and homeostasis of the Amazon's once pristine landscape has been devastated. The indigenous communities that inhabit these jungles are scattered throughout the Northeastern Ecuadorian Amazon in the heart of the oil contamination site. There are over 2000 people in the surrounding communities of 20 villages which are home to the Cofan, Secoya, Siona, Quichua, and the Huaorani. The communities' resources and traditional way of life has been stained by the modern world's influence. The rivers, streams, and land in and around the communities have been contaminated by decades of oil operations which still continues to this day. The lack of potable water in these communities has caused adverse health effects and raised concern which was brought to the attention of the Engineers Without Borders-USA organization to investigate further.

    The EWB-SJSU student chapter applied to work on the Ecuadorian Water Project in spring 2012. After the club's approval, we raised enough money to send three students and a technical advisor to the Ecuadorian Amazon in the summer of 2012. An assessment was conducted to retrieve valuable information about the community, the severity of the contamination, and the feasibility of the project. When we arrived, the communities greeted us with open arms and showed great resolve in the face of such alarming conditions. The trip proved to be incredibly insightful and eye-opening. Once back to the states, our student chapter gained a lot of momentum and began working on improving the rain water catchment systems installed by Clear Water. The club consulted Clear Water about water testing, water quality and even designed a first-flush diverter to be retrofitted on the rain water catchment systems to improve the water quality performance.

    The community of Cofan Dureno is situated along the Aguarico River, and is part of the larger Cofan indigenous group which is scattered throughout the Northeastern Ecuadorian Amazon. The initial project will be directly affecting 150 inhabitants belonging to 60-70 households in Cofan Dureno, but the project has the potential to expand to the neighboring communities comprised of the Secoya, Siona, Quichua and, to a lesser extent, the Huaorani. There are over 2000 people in the surrounding communities of 20 villages, which are home to these groups They will be indirectly affected if there is a probability for future expansion of this project.

    Higuerito is a poor, but growing community in Honduras about 193km from the capital Tegucigalpa and about 58km from the urban center of San Pedro Sula. The community consists of about 250 households and was originally located on the other side of the hill from its current location. However, in 1998 hurricane Mitch came and destroyed their original community which forced them to relocate their entire community to its current location. While the new community was well planned it was built in a hurry to provide emergency housing for the city's population which was homeless after hurricane Mitch.

    Since the community was built in a hurry the water system is in need of a major upgrade. In particular a number of the pipes delivering water are exposed and are regularly damaged. The system is also fed from a contaminated stream 4km away and is delivered untreated to the community. The system is also at capacity and can only provide water for half of the community at one time and obviously won't be able to handle the growth the community is expecting.

    EWB-SJSU was sent to provide the technical experience and upgrade the water system for Higuerito, Honduras.

    In 2008-2009 the EWB-SJSU travel team that included Phong Doan, Sahil Gulati, and Jason Graham traveled to the location and planned to build a new water tank at the top of the hill above the community which will be fed from new well at the base of the hill.
    Camp Costanoan is located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountain and is a recreational camp for children and adults who are physically and mentally disabled. The goal of the project was to create a trail that is ideally several hundred feet, which will make it easier for campers to go from the cabins to the basketball courts. Previously the trail was only accessible by cars that can hold up to two passengers at a time.

    Engineers Without Borders San Jose State Chapter hoped the trail will create a "sense of independence" because once the trail is constructed, campers will be able to get to the basketball courts on their own without the assistance of a motorized vehicle. Ultimately the trail was to be created with GraniteCrete, a material that will give the trail a natural look and overall have a better looking campus. However the project was closed due to approval from the committee and regulation requirements.
    • EWB has helped me become more involved with the local community.

      Helen Marie Van de Pol, Civil Engineer

    • EWB is more then an engineer club, i am hoping toinspire younger engineers and those entering engineering through projects like EWB

      Sophia Wendt, General Engineering

    • EWB showed me something that fulfilled my need to help my community and other communities globally.

      Vignesh Ramachandran, Electrical Engineer

    Upcoming Events

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    Our Team

    Engineer Without Borders-San Jose State University Officers

    Executive Committee
    Sean Christensen President

    Sean is a fourth year Aerospace Engineering student at San Jose State University who will graduate in spring 2015 with his focus in Spacecraft Design. He would like to translate his knowledge of the advanced life support systems that are essential for keeping astronauts alive in space to spinoffs that are applicable in even the most remote communities here on earth. He is an avid volunteer and dedicated humanitarian who hopes to raise the standard of living for impoverished communities worldwide. Currently he is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society, AIAA, and the Engineering Ambassador Program on campus. His goal as president is to lead the EWB-SJSU chapter to become a highly regarded and sustainable organization on the SJSU campus.

    Alex Mazhari Vice President

    As a graduating senior in aerospace engineering, I am a massive aviation nut. Whether it be flying over the Golden Gate, or spotting planes at KSJC, I always find myself looking at the stratosphere! In addition to aviation, I love soccer; I support Tottenham Hotspur, a football club located in North London. I joined EWB-SJSU to aid in engineering-sourced humanitarian work with whatever spare time my classes and other commitments allot to me. I am extremely proud to call the officers, and a vast majority of the members of EWB-SJSU both my peers and my friends. I hope to assist with leading the path for a sustainable club for future Spartans!

    Nima Mazhari Secretary

    Nima is a third year Civil Engineering major at San Jose State University. He hopes to help grow Engineers Without Borders legacy by contributing as much as he can. He would like to have a Apart from being the secretary of Engineers Without Borders and member of ASCE, he loves to discover new music, play and watch soccer (Go Manchester United!). Nima enjoys eating diverse and cultural food. He hopes to achieve greatness under EWB!

    Jared Gochico Treasurer

    Jared is a second-year civil engineering student at San Jose State University. Starting his first term as the club's Membership coordinator, he is responsible for recruiting and working to publicize Engineers Without Borders. He is interested in design and he volunteers regularly with the ASCE and especially the SJSU Concrete Canoe team. Jared hopes to inspire younger engineers and those entering engineering through projects like EWB.

    Supporting Leadership
    Ronnie Short Local Events Coordinator

    I am a fourth year Civil Engineering student at SJSU, with a minor in Humanities and a passion for protecting the environment and promoting sustainability. I have been a Silicon Valley Engineering Scholar since I began my studies at SJSU since fall 2011, and have been involved in groups such as ASCE and ACI, as well as holding leadership rolls in various groups on campus such as Pi Kappa Phi's Founding Father President, and Tau Beta Pi's VP and Project Manager. I look forward to working as event coordinator for EWB and become more involved with the projects in less fortunate countries.

    Sophia Wendt Project Coordinator

    Sophia is a third year General Engineering student with an emphasis in Environmental Engineering and minor in Mathematics. Her academic interests include environmental remediation and alternative and renewable energy which coincide with her goals as a member of EWB-SJSU. She aspires to help the lives of others by providing them with sustainable engineering solutions. In her spare time you can find her studying, swimming, enjoying food or spending time with friends and family. As event coordinator, Sophia organizes social and volunteering events through STEM outreach and various other causes. She is constantly looking to foster long term connections with organizations on and of campus to partner in volunteering opportunities.

    Hamed Ershad Webmaster Extraordinaire

    Hamed is a third year Industrial Technology Engineering major. He joined EWB to participate in local community service events and apply the engineer skills he learned in class to the outside world. In addition to school Hamed enjoys playing soccer, basketball, and traveling.

    Brandon Brooks Fundraiser Coordinator

    Through attending multiple community colleges, Brandon has formed a strong educational foundation built from balancing new friendships, settings, and cultures. By choosing Civil Engineering, Brandon has dedicated his career to building a more sustainable future, while focusing on improving the quality of life of those around him. Brandon strives to help those in need, with the ultimate goal of moving outside of the US to educate others through social interaction, engineering, and understanding.

    Helen Marie Van de Pol Membership Coordinator

    Helen is a third year Civil Engineering student at San Jose State University and an active member of the Engineering Ambassadors Program who loves to inspire K-12 students to pursue STEM careers (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics). She enjoys food events, cultural performances, and going to new and exciting places. Going onto her second term as Secretary, her goals are to get the diverse SJSU campus on board with EWB-SJSU and continue to punctually keep all members informed of upcoming events and meetings.

    Keven Gallegos Historian

    Keven is a second year Computer Engineering student at San Jose State University. He is an active member of Engineers Without Borders, Society of Computer Engineers, and SJSU Robotics. Keven loves all things technology related, especially those that have to do with music. He has a passion for helping people, one that Engineers Without Borders has really helped him to indulge!

    Heeran Thyalan Publicity Coordinator

    I am a second year Computer Engineering student at SJSU. I'm an active EWB member who loves to make a difference in the community. Aside from the club, I'm an avid gamer who loves to geek out. EDM is the beat and bass of my life. If i'm not at home, it's because I'm probably at the gym, fitness and health are two things I live by everyday. As publicity officer I would like to see EWB-SJSU reach new heights and make our mark not only in our local community, but in communities around the world.

    Benjamin Yin Publicity Coordinator

    ​My name is Benjamin Yin and I joined EWB to make differnece in the world. I've got plenty of experience contributing to publicity/public relations through work and other student orgs. I am deeply interested in serious matters such as environmental conservation issues but also not so serious topics as well! For example, I enjoy collecting candles and caring for cats!

    Akash Patel Supporting Officer

    I am a second year Civil Engineering student at San Jose State University. As publicity coordinator of EWB-SJSU, my goal is to make the community aware of the various fundraising events that we hold and the current project we are working on in Ecuador. In my spare time I enjoy playing sports and volunteering at my local temple, where I serve as a youth group leader.

    Faculty Advisors
    Dianne Hall Faculty Advisor

    I am delighted to serve as the Faculty Advisor for the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders. I have an Electrical Engineering Bachelor's degree from Queen's University in Canada and an MBA from SJSU (Go Spartans!). After 20-odd years in industry, mainly supporting electronic manufacturing operations, I discovered a passion for Lean Manufacturing (Toyota Production System)which I now teach this for the Department of Aviation and Technology. I travel the world at every opportunityand have lived and worked in several countries. These experiences have impressed upon me how blessed we are to live in the USA and specifically within Silicon Valley. Engineers Without Borders is the perfect place for our students to discover the joy of philanthropic work while developing their engineering skills.

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    Engineers Without Borders San Jose State University student chapter was founded in 2006 by a group of visionary and enthusiastic students and faculty passionate about transforming formal engineering education to useful, humanitarian services for under served populations. 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 educational opportunities that the EWB-USA national program provides.

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