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BACKGROUND

The Virginia Tech chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA partners with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally, equitable, and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing internationally responsible engineers and engineering students through education, encouragement, and experience.The team of EWB-VT has travelled across globe to Haiti, Gautemala, Dominican Republic and have implemented community projects on water, sanitation and energy with a professional mentor.

Guatemala Wastewater Project

PROJECT TIMELINE: 2008- 2015

PROJECT STATUS : ACTIVE

PROJECT SUMMARY : A boarding school in Guatemala has no sustainable solution for managing its wastewater. Currently, the school disposes of its waste by pouring it into pits that are dug on campus. The pits are then capped over with concrete when full, leading to contamination of nearby water sources. Until this problem is solved, the school cannot grow to its full capacity of 284 students.  Additional problems that stop the school from reaching its full potential include a lack of sufficient potable water year round and a lack of sufficient water during the dry season. The EWB VT chapter has identified three critical areas to work upon:The school needs a year round water source, a sustainable method of treating its wastewater, and a way to provide clean drinking water to its students. EWB-VT has decided to tackle the wastewater and potable water challenges first.

PROJECT LEADERS:  Noah Davis (njdavis@vt.edu) ,   Joe Buellesbach (joesb@vt.edu)

PROJECT MENTOR : EWB CENTRAL VIRGINIA CHAPTER

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Dominican Republic Drinking Water Project

PROJECT TIMELINE: 2007- 2015

PROJECT STATUS : ACTIVE

PROJECT SUMMARY : Domingo Maiz community in DR has a lack of clean drinking water and a public health system. EWB-VT is currently working to find an affordable way to remove the E. Coli from the water in Domingo Maiz, and is trying to find a way to make the water more accessible and affordable for the members of the community.During early January 2015, the team traveled to Domingo Maiz on a pre-assessment trip.The E. Coli laden water has caused infection to be prevalent in the community because the water is used by the community members for bathing and teeth brushing. The water is not very accessible to the community members either because most of it comes from privately owned wells which aren’t turned on frequently or for a long duration of time.

PROJECT LEADERS:  Jake Smith (pghjake@vt.edu), Ryan Marano (marano95@vt.edu), Mike Colozza(mcolozza@vt.edu)

PROJECT MENTOR : EWB CENTRAL VIRGINIA CHAPTER

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Uganda Solar Power System Installation Project

PROJECT TIMELINE: 2007- 2015

PROJECT STATUS : ACTIVE

PROJECT SUMMARY : This Project mainly focuses on solar power system installation in Eastern Uganda.  To date, VT teams have installed a total of three separate systems at an orphanage, a middle school, and secondary boarding school with 30, 200, and 400 kids respectively.  Over the years EWB VT Uganda has developed a strong partnership with the Uganda Rural Fund and formed many lasting friendships with amazing people in Uganda. The team is currently discussing with the Uganda Rural Fund which project they would like to do next.  Hope Academy would like the team to install a welding lab to teach students technical skills as an alternative if they cannot continue their education.

PROJECT LEADERS:  Kristen Swedberg (swedkm@vt.edu),  Vy T. Nguyen (vynguyen@vt.edu) 

PROJECT MENTOR : Phill Powell, EWB CENTRAL VIRGINIA CHAPTER

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CHAPTER OFFICERS

President Jacob Cantor jcantor6@vt.edu
Vice President Jake Smith
pghjake@vt.edu
Treasurer  Barrett Cosgrove barrettcosgrove@vt.edu

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