The Columbia University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders USA supports international community-driven development programs by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders. In this way, the program seeks to empower communities to meet their basic human needs and help solve the world’s most pressing challenges in places that would often be overlooked by large scale philanthropic efforts.
CU-EWB takes on a wide variety of infrastructure and development projects that address major global issues.
Our current projects range from solar electrification in Uganda to borehole drilling for potable water distribution in Ghana to a well-supplied pipeline water distribution system in Morocco.
Columbia Engineering lays out is vision as one of Engineering for Humanity. Through pioneering research and work by students and faculty alike, Columbia Engineering aspires to advance a more sustainable, healthy, secure, connected, and creative humanity.
Engineering for Humanity is at the heart of our chapter's mission. From improving access to electricity in Uganda to connecting communities in Morocco and developing water distribution systems in Ghana, we empower communities to meet their basic needs, making the world more healthy, secure, and connected in the process.
Uganda: Jasmine Caroline Pimentel, Noah Larky
Ghana: Lynn Bi, Bunmi Ayomikun Fariyike, Patrick Varuzza
Morocco: Vanessa Oyoo Hansen-Quartey, Alice Wu
Secretary: Jessica Peng
Treasurer: Jessalyn L Chuang
Education and Training: Sophie Reese-Wirpsa
Fundraising: Raayan Mohtashemi
Public Relations: Sarah Wilkinson
Events and Programming: Sofia Sanchez-Zarate
Webmaster: Udai Nagpal
Robert D. Lilley Award for Sustainable Engineering
Columbia's Engineers Without Borders Chapter is the recipient of the third annual Robert D. Lilley Prize for Socially Responsible Engineering, in recognition of the group’s “commitment to pursuing engineering projects in the developing world through the unique perspective of the Columbia student.”.
Alcoa Foundation Grant Recipient
The Morocco program within Columbia's EWB Chapter was selected to receive grant funding as part of the Creation of a Global Engineer Program. The program is designed to create and replicate the best practices of “learning through service programs” that develop skills in leadership, project management, communication, systems thinking and community and personal engagement.