To partner with developing communities throughout the world to improve their quality of life.
Engineers Without Borders - USA (EWB-USA) was established in 2002 to partner with developing communities in implementing sustainable engineering projects, while training internationally and socially responsible engineers in the United States. EWB-USA projects are funded by contributions from the host community. The organization has approximately 5,300 members from professional and student chapters involved in more than 170 projects in more than 45 countries — from providing safe drinking water to tsunami-devastated villages in India to installing solar-powered water pumps in Guatemala. Because projects have many non-engineering aspects, volunteers with backgrounds in business, microfinance, journalism, and health are encouraged to participate, but they must first join an EWB-USA chapter.
Outstanding Web Features:
The EWB-USA Web site makes good use of interactive elements. For example, when users go to the map of the United States and click on any state, they will see a list of the student and professional chapters in that state; and when they click on a country on the map of the world, they will see a list of current EWB-USA projects in that country and can learn more about them; they can also search by keyword or project type, from alternative fuels to water treatment. The site also features EWB-USA's engineering guidelines and sourcebook; open projects that have been approved but not assigned to a chapter; databases relevant to sustainable technologies; a list of more than fifteen sponsors and partners, including many companies with an environmental focus; and information about volunteering and senior design projects for engineering classes.