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Phone: (208) 885-6470
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Room 125

875 Perimeter Drive MS 1011
Moscow, ID 83844-1011

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Contact Denise Engebrecht
Phone: (208) 364-6123
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Email: denisee@uidaho.edu

Idaho Water Center
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702


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Contact Debbie Caudle
Phone: (208) 282-7983
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Email: debrac@uidaho.edu

1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, Idaho 83402

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Engineering Outreach
Phone: (208) 885-6373
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Engineers Without Borders University of Idaho Student Chapter

Engineers Without Borders

The University of Idaho student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) envisions a world in which the communities we serve have the capacity to sustainably meet their basic human needs, and that our members have enriched global perspectives through the innovative professional educational opportunities that the EWB-USA program provides.

Why should you be involved?
EWB Members at the University of Idaho benefit from opportunities to:
  • Volunteer locally through organized community service events on the Palouse.
  • Design real solutions that will be used to help the Chiwirapi community in Bolivia.
  • Provide basic human needs to people in developing countries by working with the community to build a sustainable infrastructure.
  • Connect with a community that supports conservation and sustainability by attending EWB-USA conferences and webinars.

Members participate in many service activities including the Saturday of Service, and local Habitat for Humanity projects, attend regional Engineers Without Borders Conferences, as well as several fundraising activities to support the potable water distribution system project that will be designed and implemented for the community of Chiwirapi in Bolivia.

This community has a basic electric system that feeds only a few homes. It currently does not have a working potable water distribution system. Their main water source is a river that runs through the town. Unfortunately the river is downstream from the main town of Bolivar; which means it is contaminated, and the people in the community have no way of purifying it aside from boiling the water. Due to the fact that Chiwirapi is located close to a river with seasonal flow, access to the community is extremely limited during the rainy season (October - March).

The mission is to improve the quality of life of the families of Chiwirapi. The greatest need is access to clean potable water in order to reduce Water Born Diseases. According to the WHO, diarrheal disease is the 3rd leading cause of death in Bolivia, and is a result largely of drinking contaminated water.

EWB Student Leadership:

Nathan Suhr | President
Chemical Engineering Junior
"Engineers Without Borders is a unique and fantastic opportunity to take what we are taught in school and use it in simple ways to dramatically affect the lives of people who are without basic human needs, such as water and sanitation."

Mary O'Brien
Mary O'Brien | Vice President
Materials Science and Engineering Junior
"EWB gives me an opportunity to use the engineering aspect of my major to alleviate human suffering, starting with our current project in Chiwirapi, Bolivia. It also makes me more well rounded both as an engineer and a person. I am so happy that I have been a part of this period of exponential growth for EWB- UI, and look forward to watching the organization flourish in the coming years."

Engineers without borders - USA | University of Idaho Student Chapter

EWB Fast Facts

Member Involvement

Who can join?
Any student in good standing with the University can become a member.

How do students join?
Come to a group meeting and give us your information so you can start attending events.
Email us to find out when the next meeting will be and to sign up for our mailing list.

Time Commitment:
The time commitment varies based on the individual.
Officers meet weekly and the group meets monthly.
During a design phase the group may meet bi-weekly.

For More Information

» Hailey Woodruff
EWB Secretary
» Fritz Fiedler
Faculty Adviser

EWB Chapter Websites
» EWB on OrgSync
» U-Idaho Student Chapter
Facebook Group

» Project Information:
Chiwirapi, Bolivia


How You Can Help

We are raising funds to help design and install a potable water distribution system for the community of Chiwirapi in Bolivia. A gift of any amount is appreciated. More