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Global Engineering Conference in Panama City

Global News, Uncategorized
Over Fall Break this year, part of our group took a trip to Panama for the Annual American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) conference. Normally, this would not be an event we would attend, but this year ASCE met up with EWB-USA to discuss the many points the two groups have in common and had students from both organizations attend. The trip started early for Anna Tierney, Sanders Park, Daniel Renya, Amanda Sparks, and Dr. Kershaw, leaving Rose-Hulman at 3:45 in the morning to make it to the airport by 6. After 9 hours of travel, they arrived in Panama. After a quick check-in and dinner, they all walked to the hotel where the conference was held. After the opening ceremonies, they met with the Panama Canal Authority Administrator Jorge…
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EWB-RHIT 5K Raises Money for Project in Ghana

Global News, Uncategorized
Charity races are on the rise in the U.S. It’s an excellent opportunity for people to be healthy and get to know the host organizations at the same time. Engineers Without Borders hosted a 5K on October 18th, 2014 to raise money for latrines in Ghana. A total of 19 runners, 3 walkers and 10 volunteers participated in the event. There were two alumni, Ryann-Rebecca Montgomery and Haaken Hagen-Atwell, who were past engineering team managers. Also, Dr. John Gardner, who is a Spanish faculty and Dr. John Aidoo, a Civil Engineering faculty, participated in the event. The winner, Andreas Maher, finished in 17 minutes and 6 seconds and the top five runners received a $15 gift card from Road Id. The event was a success, and people had the opportunity…
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EWB Members Attend Global Engineering Conference in Panama

Global News, Uncategorized
Dr. Kershaw and four EWB students attended the ASCE-EWB Global Engineering Conference in Panama City, Panama. This conference celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal. The conference was a great opportunity to learn more about the canal and other EWB projects around the world. The student Daniel Reyna shared his experience of their last day in Panama: "Event: Friday Night at Cinta Costera" "After our busy day at the conference, and visiting the Panama Canal, we all went out for dinner. We had dinner on the bay, and we had a beautiful view of the city off in the distance. After dinner, we were driving back to the hotel and we decided to stop to walk along Cinta Costera. This is a road that goes out into the water…
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EWB-RHIT Honored in EWB-USA Annual Report

Global News, Uncategorized
In September of 2014, Rose-Hulman Student Chapter was highlighted in Engineers without Borders-USA’s 2013 Annual Report for their work in Gomoa Gyaman, Ghana. This national recognition is an accomplishment to be proud of. Among all chapters that executed a grand total of 684 projects in 39 countries, only four student chapters are recognized in this report. This is a great start and a great momentum builder for the 2014-2015 academic year. Thank you and congratulations to everyone for their hard work and dedication to EWB.   EWB-USA is currently engaged in several projects, such as helping the community in El Salvador to get to impoverished areas by constructing new roads, helping Nicaraguan communities become more sustainable by implementing an agricultural projects, and building new schools in Togo that can change…
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Join Us for the EWB-RHIT 5K This Fall

Join Us for the EWB-RHIT 5K This Fall

Global News, Uncategorized
On October 18th, 2014, our chapter will host a 5K walk/run to raise funds for our current latrine project in Ghana and future projects. More details can be found in the registration form below: EWB-RHIT 5K Registration Form If you have any questions, please contact Allison Phillips at philliaa@rose-hulman.edu. If you wish to use PayPal, please select an option from the list below and click "Buy Now." Please remember to also turn in a completed registration form.   Shirt Type 5K No Shirt $5.00 USD 5K Short Sleeve Cotton Shirt $15.00 USD 5K Long Sleeve Tech Shirt $25.00 USD  
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A Day with the Founder

Professional Development, Uncategorized
Dr. Bernard Amadei, the founder of Engineers Without Borders and a professor in Civil Department at University of Colorado at Boulder, was invited as Rose-Hulman’s Leadership Advancement Program guest speaker to present his experience and vision as a global engineering leader on March 18, 2014. It was his first time visiting our campus. Born and raised in Roubaix, northern France, he obtained his bachelor degree in applied geology in France, a master degree in geological engineering in 1979 from the University of Toronto, and a phD in civil engineering in 1982 from University of California at Berkeley.  Following his passion on sustainability and international development, he founded Engineers Without Borders-USA and co-founded Engineers Without Borders –International and guides these organizations with the mission to partner with underprivileged communities to improve…
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Global Engineering: A Holistic Approach

Global Engineering: A Holistic Approach

Professional Development, Uncategorized
Dr. Annette Berndt, an English professor from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada, visited Rose-Hulman on Friday, March 14th, to present her new interdisciplinary curriculum inspired by the inroads of engineering education that the Engineers Without Borders (EWB) chapter at UBC has paved. EWB-UBC chapter took different approaches to the communities in the global south than EWB at Rose-Hulman. They seek overseas connections in Africa by providing plans for small local businesses and occasionally sending short-term volunteers to Africa to support ventures in researching, testing, or expanding their projects, whereas EWB-RHIT focuses on designing and directly implementing sanitation projects. Prior to her presentation, three current and past executive members (Jung, Marcel, and Nate) of EWB-RHIT gave her a campus tour and shared their appreciation of the valuable…
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Rose-Hulman EWB Members Learn from the Pros

Professional Development, Uncategorized
Roger Ward, a member and project leader of the EWB Professional Chapter in Indianapolis, visited Rose-Hulman on Wednesday, November 6th to present his team’s clean water project in Kenya. Himself a Rose-Hulman graduate, Mr. Ward described how the project has progressed from the initial assessment trip in 2011 to the successful implementations in 2012 and 2013. His project focuses on ensuring sustainable clean water in the rural town of Bungoma, located in the highlands of western Kenya. A purification method known as a spring box was implemented to achieve this goal. Spring boxes capture the water from natural springs and filter it through several layers, including rough rock. The water can then be dispensed from an opening high enough for villagers to place their jugs underneath. Throughout the presentation, Mr.…
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EWB-RHIT Reaches Out to Local Community

Local Projects, Uncategorized
Beginning in spring 2013, we are taking on local outreach projects through the Servants At Work (SAWs) ministry. These projects identify the need among people with disabilities for wheelchair ramps, since many receive wheelchairs through their healthcare but are left without easy access to their homes. Partnering with SAWs, we build wheelchair ramps to provide these people with improved mobility. SAWs provides the building materials and blueprints for each ramp, and we provide the construction labor. We have already assembled several ramps and plan to continue volunteering for projects as new needs arise.
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EWB-RHIT begins new project in Gomoa Gyaman, Ghana

EWB-RHIT begins new project in Gomoa Gyaman, Ghana

International Projects, Uncategorized
Having finished our program in the Dominican Republic (which included the construction of a septic system and retrofitting an existing building with a hurricane proof roof to increase the quality and quantity of care provided by a  medical clinic, as well as constructing latrines in a disease-ridden community nearby), our next program, starting this summer, will be in a brand new community. We will be returning to Ghana, this time to the community of Gomoa Gyaman, about 50 miles from our previous program in Obodan where we constructed a brooder house and a community center.  Everyone is very excited about the prospects of this collaboration and we can’t wait to see what working together over the next 5 years will lead to! The Gomoa Gyaman community has about 5,000 indigenous…
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