"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.
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.
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
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Engineer Without Borders-San Jose State University Officers
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I am a junior electrical engineering student. I joined EWB because I wanted something that fulfilled my need to help my community and other communities globally. As an engineer, I feared getting too caught up in filling out my resume and not acting on my genuine interests. Therefore, I joined this organization and am fully enjoying it!
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.
Jason first developed an interest in water as an undergrad, where he studied environmental toxicology. Now a graduate student in Chemical Engineering, this passion has taken him development projects in Tanzania, Haiti, Honduras and Ecuador. As the fundraising chair, he hopes to develop a strong, lasting relationship between individual and corporate donors and the chapter that will fuel positive change to the team's project in the Amazon.
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.
Pennelope is a second-year Civil Engineering student at San Jose State University. When she heard about Engineers Without Borders, she realized this was her calling: an opportunity to be a part of something that would help her give back to others, and grow herself as a person. Aside from EWB and her schoolwork, Pennelope enjoys outdoor activities, cultural events, and going to new and exciting places. Pennelope's hope is to ensure the success of the projects EWB-SJSU has already implemented over the past couple years, so that the community will benefit from them for years to come.
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!
Dr. Stacy Gleixner is a Professor in Biomedical, Chemical and Materials Engineering. She is the director of San Jose State's Microscale Process Engineering Center and Associate Chair of the Biomedical, Chemical and Materials Engineering Department. She is the faculty advisor to Engineers Without Borders, Engineering Ambassadors, and Materials Advantage. Dr. Gleixner has an active research program related to the fabrication and reliability solar cells, MEMS (micro electro mechanical systems), and microelectronics. She teaches a broad range of engineering classes in renewable energy, introductory materials science, electronic materials, kinetics, and microelectronics processing.
Paul Friedlander is an environmental engineer with over 25 years experience working on water issues in the U.S.A., Latin America, and Southeast Asia. He has been a technical advisor to EWB-SJSU since 2010. Paul has a bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a master's degree in civil/sanitary engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.
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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