"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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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.
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.
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.
EWB has helped me become a community leader
Akash , Civil Engineer, SJSU
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A third year Aerospace Engineering student at San Jose State University where he is currently a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society. He is an avid volunteer and dedicated humanitarian who hopes to raise the standard of living for impoverished communities. His goal as president is to lead the EWB-SJSU chapter to become a highly regarded and sustainable organization on the SJSU campus.
I'm a fourth year Aerospace Engineering major, with a minor in mathematics. My favorite extracurricular activities include volunteering as a referee for local youth soccer organizations, tutoring friends in math, emphasizing STEM, and playing the violin. On the weekends, you can catch me playing pick-up soccer or piloting a Cessna over the bay area. As vice-president of EWB-SJSU, I plan on expanding the club while working closely with the president to ensure that our student chapter maintains and advances its stellar reputation as an asset to the local community.
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. (The above picture is of her saving food from being thrown away, as it is her duty).
Timothy is a fourth year Civil Engineering major who will graduate in spring 2014 with a focus on water resources and environmental studies. Tim was a part of the initial investigatory team to Ecuador and is thrilled to be involved with the organization. He is also involved in the SJSU student chapters of AWWA, ASCE and EERI and has experience collecting environmental samples from contaminated sites working for a private consulting firm.
I am a second year student pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Environmental Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. My academic interest in sustainability and green engineering coincide with my goals as a member of EWB-SJSU. As the Social Events Coordinator for EWB-SJSU, I plan to extend our chapter's helping hand to the local community by organizing volunteering opportunities.
I am a third year electrical engineering major. I have spent all three years of my college career at SJSU. I enjoyed living on campus for my first two years and now off campus. I was inducted into Tau Beta Pi as a second year and stayed as an officer for a year. This year I'm spending my time with EWB, classes, the Global Technology Initiative program, and intramural sports.
Hamed is a third year Industrial Technology Engineering major....
Jared is a first-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.
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.
Our newsletter will be sent out at the beginning and end of each semester containing updates
regarding what we accomplished previously and what we hope to accomplish the coming semester.
Our newsletter will be sent out at the beginning and end of each semester containing updates regarding what we accomplished previously and what we hope to accomplish the coming semester.
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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