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Engineers solve society's most challenging problems through the discovery and application of new knowledge and technologies. The College of Engineering (COE) offers a variety of service learning opportunities that enrich the student experience with diverse ways to apply academic learning in the service of others. From global efforts with lasting cultural and environmental impact, to local collaborations designed to engage future engineers, COE is committed to fostering an environment that is both intellectually challenging and personally gratifying.

Type of Project: (service learning, volunteer, community based research)

Title of Project: UD's student chapter of Engineers Without Borders

Community Partners: Malawi, Africa; Bamendjou, Cameroon; and San Marcos, Guatemala

Description of Project: UUD's student chapter of Engineers Without Borders has been making a difference in the lives of villagers in Africa and Guatemala since 2007. The UD students traveled first to Bamendjou, Cameroon, located in Central Africa, to assess the community’s needs for safe drinking water and implement plans for long-term solutions. Between 2007–2013 the EWB-UD team, with faculty adviser Steven K. Dentel, worked side-by-side with community members to construct a 20,000-liter ferro-cement water tank that now serves as the reservoir for the community’s planned distribution system. They also built a solar-powered lift station to pump more water to the reservoir and developed a network of pipes that provide the community with easy access to clean drinking water. A second team of EWB members worked with the community of San Jose Petacalapa in San Marcos, Guatemala, from 2009–2013, to build a bridge over the Rio Vibora to connect the community with its farmland. Most recently, members of EWB-UD, working with faculty adviser Gretchen Bauer, signed a five-year commitment with villagers in the Sakata region of Malawi, Africa, to conduct preliminary research for a potable water project aimed at reducing the prevalence of water-borne illnesses. Nearly half of the village population consists of children under the age of 15, and the majority of residents endure water-borne illness and other health-related consequences such as high infant mortality rates.

Timespan: Ongoing since June 2007.

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