Engineers Without Borders
Above, KU students pose after the end of our international service trip to Bolivia and 2022 EWB Regional Conference Trip to Iowa State.
EWB-KU is a student organization at the University of Kansas committed to assisting communities, locally, domestically, and internationally. After its founding in the fall of 2008, the members of EWB-KU decided to help fill a need for sustainable sanitation in the rural Bolivian community of Azacilo. Now, the KU chapter of the Engineers Without Borders USA has expanded its service around the nation, in Bolivia, and in Uganda
In recent years, EWB-KU has put more of a focus on local projects. This year we are working with Habitat for Humanity, an organization with a goal of building affordable houses for the community, Adopt-A-Highway aimed at cleaning our roads, and the Tiny House Project whose mission is to construct temporary housing units to areas struck by natural disasters. In the past, we have volunteered for trash pickups along Clinton Lake and the Kansas River and plan to do more around the Lawrence and KC area!
As a part of our chapter, students travel annually to several other states to volunteer their efforts in other communities. Recently these projects have included trips to Omaha, Nebraska and Council Bluffs, Iowa to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. Our students also annually travel to the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana, for spring break. The students work with Historic Green, a non-profit organization aimed to help rebuild and restore homes after they were destroyed or abandoned in the course of Hurricane Katrina and to support new community developments such as a community church, playground, and garden.
EWB is most notably known for our international projects. Our first sanitation project started in Azacilo, Bolivia building eco-latrines. The project has since expanded to continue the eco-latrine project in the nearby community of Colani and an additional project in Azacilo developing shower systems. This year, EWB-KU is proud to announce a new project in Bubogo, Uganda where we plan to establish a new water source for an 800-member community in need of cleaner drinking water.
2022-2023 Executive Team
- President: Austin Wohleb – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Director of Membership: Rachel Odabasi – email@example.com
- Design/Marketing Chair: Andreanna Edwards – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Social Chair: Ed Aldousari – email@example.com
- Director of Finance: Arul Sethi – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Grants/Proposals Chair: Josh Meacham – email@example.com
- Director of Communication: Kate Gwaltney - firstname.lastname@example.org
- School of Engineering Chair: Gabi Kruger – email@example.com
- Alumni Chair: Gavin Yost – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Director of International Projects: Logan Hope – email@example.com
- Director of Domestic Projects: Ella Legreid – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Local Projects Chair: Connor Looney – email@example.com
- Director of Fundraising: Ben Shaw – firstname.lastname@example.org
- School of Engineering Chair: Gustavo Moreira – email@example.com
- Corporate Outreach Chair: Harland Zamora – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Faculty Advisor: Matt O'Reilly - email@example.com
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