University of Washington Chapter
Engineers without Borders-UWS (EWB-UWS) is an interdisciplinary student organization at the University of Washington that was initiated by a small but dedicated group of concerned students and faculty in early 2005. Since that time the group membership and activity has increased dramatically. From 2006 until 2010, the chapter worked extensively in the Acasio region of Bolivia to improve communities' roofs and stoves. Since then, the chapter has begun work in the community of La Vega de Volcan in Guatemala on fish hatchery water delivery and incubation system. In 2014 our chapter began the implementation of a multi-purpose community center which will be completed in this summer. In addition to the program in Guatemala, a team of dedicated students has begun the process of starting up a new international program in Tortuga, Nicaragua with the purpose of improving and expanding the current water system. Locally, teams of students are working with UW researchers on polio detection, building a solar kiln for UW campus, and making improvements to a Seattle homeless shelter.