Group Helps Needy, Motivates New Engineers
When you think about volunteering, you probably consider canned food drives, nursing homes and house structure. But a group called Engineers Without Borders-USA is taking volunteering to a new high.
With projects like improving drinking water for people and building watering systems for crops, Engineers Without Borders-USA makes a distinction in people’s lives. Made up of student chapters based at universities across the United States, the organization looks for to carry out sustainable engineering options and inspire new engineers while doing so.
One group of students from the University of Colorado is developing and building a water supply for a village in Rwanda. In a task conducted in May 2003, a team of six engineering students from the Colorado School of Mines at Golden worked together with the villagers of San Pablo, Belize, to site a pair of solar panels and install the electrical circuitry in a school, a church and other community buildings.
The nonprofit organization has collaborated humanitarian projects all over the world, including Thailand, Mali, Senegal, Peru and Afghanistan.
ASME, which supplied partial funding for the Belize task, has actually teamed up with Engineers Without Borders to provide the participation of ASME members and student members in future abroad jobs. These projects are slated for fall 2004 and throughout 2005.
Next year, ASME and Engineers Without Borders will lead a union of technical societies and other companies for Engineers Week 2005. ASME will help with interactions with other engineering groups to organize task teams to support Engineers Without Borders’ ventures worldwide.