Engineers Without Borders USA and Engineers Without Borders UD both have a rich history of building a better world. Scroll through the timeline below to learn more about our organization.
2002: EWB-USA Founded
Dr. Bernard Amadei, Professor of Civil Engineering at University of Colorado Boulder, teamed up with eight of his students and another civil engineering expert to engineer a water sanitation and distribution system for the community of San Pablo, Belize. This was the first EWB-USA project. Dr. Amadei officially founded EWB in 2002, and since then, the organization has grown to over 16,000 members and impacted over 2.5 million lives.
2006: EWB-UD Founded
The late Dr. Steve Dentel, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, founded the University of Delaware chapter of Engineers Without Borders in 2006.
2007: Cameroon Project Began
EWB-UD’s first official project began in Bamendjou, Cameroon in 2007. The goal of the project was to increase the quality, quantity, and access to clean drinking water in two villages in the region. To learn more about the project, please visit the Cameroon Project Page.
2008: Guatemala Project Began
EWB-UD’s project in San Jose, Guatemala began in 2008. The purpose of this project was to construct a bridge over a river in the community that became flooded and impossible to travel over in the rainy season. To learn more about the project, please visit the Guatemala Project Page.
2013: Cameroon Project Ended
After successful assessment, implementation of a water sanitation and distribution system over seven trips, and monitoring of the community, EWB-UD’s partnership with the Bamendjou region of Cameroon officially came to a close. For more information on the project, visit our Cameroon Project Page.
2013: Guatemala Project Ended
After successful assessment, implementation of a concrete bridge over one trip, and monitoring of the community, EWB-UD’s partnership with the community of San Jose, Guatemala officially came to a close. To learn more about the project, please visit the Guatemala Project Page.
2014: Malawi Project & Partnership with Mphero Began
In 2014, EWB-UD began a new program with the Sakata region of Malawi, a country in Southeast Africa. This region includes five villages with varying needs. We elected to begin our project first in the village of Mphero, where potable water was the top concern. To learn more about the project, visit the Malawi Project Page.
2015: Philippines Project Began
EWB-UD began another new partnership with the community of Ubujan, Philippines in 2015. The goal of this project is to bring sanitary, potable water to the community members through the installation of communal taps and a sanitation system. To learn more about the project, please visit the Philippines Project Page.
2017: Partnership with Chilimani Began
After successful implementation in Mphero, the Malawi project signed a new partnership agreement with Chilimani, a neighboring village, to begin a water project. Monitoring in Mphero is still in effect.
2018: PROJECT IN MPHERO ENDED
After an assessment trip, implementation, and two monitoring trips, our partnership with Mphero came to an end. We passed off two functioning borehole wells to the community, who demonstrated that they were more than capable of maintaining the infrastructure we had constructed together.