We are the Rose-Hulman chapter of Engineers Without Borders. EWB-RHIT is an organization of students who design and implement sustainable engineering projects in developing communities world-wide. Our members gain valuable engineering and cultural experience by traveling to developing communities and engineering solutions to their unique problems. The projects we work on are initiated by and completed with contributions from the host community, which helps ensure that our work will be maintained after we leave.
Our chapter is part of the national Engineers Without Borders USA organization. EWB-USA is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. Since its founding in 2000, EWB-USA has run more than 80 projects in 35 countries.
Engineering. Sustainability. Community.
Our vision is a world in which the communities we serve have the capacity to sustainably meet their basic human needs, and that our members have enriched global perspectives and transformative experiences.
The Rose-Hulman chapter of Engineers Without Borders is an organization seeking to improve the quality of life in underdeveloped communities through the discipline of engineering. We choose to evaluate ourselves in three key areas:
- Sustainability: We recognize that our active involvement in the communities we serve is not indefinite. Thus, the communities we serve must be able to independently maintain and, if necessary, replicate any technologies we introduce.
- Education: As a student-driven organization, we are invested in the education of our members. Our projects will involve significant engineering design work that challenges our students. Students will also be exposed to aspects of project management, including financial management, construction, logistics, and fundraising.
- Cultural Awareness: As an international organization, we interact with many cultures that are very different from our own. Thus, both to ensure that we design for the specific needs of a community and to give our students a global education, we must seek to understand the culture of each community we serve.
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