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Engineers Without Borders:

Here’s the problem:

A village in Ecuador needs to purify its drinking water and more effectively dispose its waste.
A school in Ghana needs a library.
A Cambodian community needs a solar-powered energy generation system.

Work toward solving any of these problems and you will:

-Learn how to research, propose and build a wide range of systems that support healthier air, water, soil or all three
-Learn how to do this economically and with minimal environmental impact
-Travel into the developing world and explore exotic locations
-Meet people who — just like you — work hard for the betterment of their families and communities
-Make the world a better place

Engineers Without Borders – USA (EWB–USA) is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to work with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. This partnership involves the implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while involving and training internationally responsible engineers and engineering students.   

One of the most diverse SPEED teams, Clarkson’s EWB group is currently working on infrastructure enhancement projects for the village of La Margarita, Ecuador. 

Members of the team traveled to Ecuador to finalize the water purification and filtration system they designed and installed on earlier trips. Team members also established a water-quality testing procedure.

These students will also take part in an engineering analysis of building a wetland in the community that will be used for wastewater treatment.  In addition to these projects the team is working on a slow sand filter to be used as a pre-filter that will increase water flow rates to more acceptable levels. And students on campus are refurbishing and upgrading old personal computers that will go to Ecuador for use in the local school system.

To see pictures and read more about Clarkson’s EWB students — and their travels — click here

[http://www.clarkson.edu/alumni_magazine/summer2009/clean_water.html]