Engineers Without Borders

The mission of the EWB Club at Washington & Lee is to combine the efforts of students of all majors and interests in a collaborative effort with the EWB Chapter at Virginia Military Institute in order to enhance the living conditions of developing areas worldwide. Through this effort, students will learn about poverty stricken areas, combining their efforts in a creative way to work as a team to design and implement sustainable engineering solutions to improve the basic standard of living for these communities in the developing world.

Contact: Anne Jeckovich '18

Constitution

The mission of the EWB Club at Washington & Lee is to combine the efforts of students of all majors and interests in a collaborative effort with the EWB Chapter at Virginia Military Institute in order to enhance the living conditions of developing areas worldwide. Through this effort, students will learn about poverty stricken areas, combining their efforts in a creative way to work as a team to design and implement sustainable engineering solutions to improve the basic standard of living for these communities in the developing world.

The EWB Organization is focused on providing interested students the opportunity to apply their diverse academic backgrounds in a real-life situation for the benefit of those lacking basic human needs, such as drinking water. Students in the club will work with the EWB Chapter at VMI to design and implement sustainable engineering, biological, anthropological and business projects to transform communities into healthier, more productive areas. A portion of the project will be completed on campus. On campus duties include, but are not limited to; engineering design, potential economical, medical and environmental impact studies, and researching ways to increase a community's income to not only aid them in the present, but in the future as well. This club creates the opportunity to work on campus, but also to see a few interested students travel abroad for the implementation of their designs. There is potential for students from all majors to study the people and their communities to find ways to improve sanitation and create healthier lifestyles for them. Our goal, as a group, is to create sustainable ways for communities to meet their basic human needs, while the members involved gain enriched global perspectives through the innovative professional education opportunities that the EWB-USA program provides.
The requirement for membership is an interest in helping others and a dedication to making a lasting difference in the developing world.

The President of the club is to be from W&L and is charged with keeping members organized and on track. When there is unrest among members, he/she comes to a reasonable agreement. The Vice President of the club is to be from W&L and is charged to assist the President, and take his/her place when unavailabe. Next, there is to be a Treasurer that is in charge of fundraising and the finances pertaining to club activities. This individual is to be trustworthy, great at finance and is to be from W&L. Finally, there is a Secretary to keep the notes of each meeting to be distributed to all members and be kept on record.

To be elected to a position with the organization, members must be nominated by fellow members. Following nomination, there will be an anonymous vote. All votes are to be tallied by the club adviser. Elections will be held every spring term, in May, to allow new officers to start preparing over the summer for their duties.
The creation of this club at W&L extends the opportunity for students to become the leaders of change in their respective fields. The knowledge acquired first-hand by working with an interdisciplinary group of peers on a project is an experience that provides knowledge not found in any classroom. Club members will be faced with real world problems; solving them requires taking into account community interests and constraints brought upon by what the community is able to maintain. The creative effort that will be expected of all club members employs problem solving skills that begin here on campus but do not end until the construction/implementation is complete at a site. The collaboration with the cadets at VMI serves as valuable resources to aid this effort. EWB is a nationally recognized organization that students may stay involved with into their professional lives. These projects do not only make a better today, but a better tomorrow.