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Engineers Without Borders


EWB-KU is a student group at the University of Kansas committed to the growth of students through developing and assisting communities, both locally 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.

Our first sanitation project in Azacilo has branched into two more projects as our time in Azacilo has continued. In addition to the implementation of Latrines and the construction of clean water infrastructure, our students have been aiding the community with building shower facilities. For the last few years, we have continued a project in a neighboring Bolivian community called Colani. This is a sanitation project that consists of designing and building eco-latrines and a solar-heated shower. 

As a part of our chapter, students travel annually to several other states to volunteer to strengthen the community. 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 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 garden and lending library. 

2020-2021 Academic Year

President: Alexandra Depew
Director of Communications: Nicole Deutschmann
Director of Fundraising: Thomas diZerega
Director of Projects: Brian Kirchhoff
Director of Finance: Craig Price
Director of Membership: Aaron Tuschhoff
Domestic Projects Coordinator: Jack Schneider
School of Engineering Chair: Kaitlyn Esson
Social Chair: Kathryn Harlow
Design/Marketing Chair: Autumn King
Local Projects Chair: Emma Parker
Grants/Proposals Chair: Emma Perkins
ESC/Alumni Chair: Kathryn Rasmussen
Corporate Outreach Chair: Sophie Terian


Faculty Advisor::Matt O'Reilly
For more information including our upcoming calendar and contacts please visit our website:

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