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Engineers Without Borders – UW Madison (EWB-UW) is a non-profit student organization that partners with disadvantaged communities to implement sustainable solutions for community problems.
EWB-UW was established in 2003 under the guidance of the late Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Peter Bosscher, who helped the chapter to develop a program in Muramba, Rwanda. The Rwanda project was honored for their work with a bronze medal United Nations Mondialogo Engineering Award in 2005. In 2009, EWB-UW was awarded a gold medal Mondialogo Award for our work in Bayonnais, Haiti. After years of operation, the chapter maintains a minimum five-year commitment to many communities.
EWB strives to educate internationally responsible engineers and students. We embody the Wisconsin Idea by not only performing engineering and social services in the state of Wisconsin, but by providing engineering and social services to communities around the globe.
Our chapter currently works in Joyabaj, Guatemala; Tabuga, Ecuador; Lweza, Uganda; and Washa Kebele, Ethiopia. Ours is a true partnership with our host communities, and community participation is crucial to the success of our projects. Communities play an active role in project selection and exhibit complete control over our projects. Community ownership during the design process is important, but community ownership post-implementation is necessary in order to maintain our projects and to ensure that our projects fulfill their intended purpose.