Engineers Without Borders offers new opportunities for students

March 01, 2010

Highly motivated, enthusiastic students interested in making an impact on the world can help make a difference as a member of Penn State's Engineers Without Borders (EWB).

The newly-formed organization is currently creating a Web site, fundraising, searching for a sustainable engineering project and beginning the grant and proposal writing process.

"We are looking for students from all majors and disciplines," said Mary Beth Paskewicz, publicity coordinator for EWB. "Students who want to gain international design and career experience or just want to partake in an organization with a global sense of goodwill are encouraged to join."

The mission of EWB is to implement sustainable engineering projects in underdeveloped countries to improve the inhabitants' life and to enhance students' engineering skills while fostering leadership growth.

EWB is a national collegiate and professional organization composed of more than 250 chapters dedicated to sustainable development in the third world. The organization envisions "a world in which all communities have the capacity to meet their basic human needs." Projects typically focus on water delivery and treatment, sanitation, education and energy.

EWB will sponsor a fundraising event from 2 to 5 p.m. on March 4, at Five Guys Famous Burgers & Fries on 226 W. College Ave., State College, Pa. Customers at Five Guys can mention EWB and the student organization will receive 20 percent of the sales.

For more information or to get involved contact co-presidents Sandy Risha at sjr5086@psu.edu or Christian Beyer at crb5061@psu.edu or visit http://www.engr.psu.edu/ewb/news.htm online.

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Last Updated March 02, 2010