Engineers Without Borders UW-Madison chapter builds a better world by educating internationally-responsible engineers and students. We embody the Wisconsin Idea - that education should influence people's lives beyond the classroom - by providing engineering and social services in Wisconsin and in under-served communities around the globe.
Our belief is that a true partnership with our host communities, and community participation is crucial to the success of our projects.
In 2003, Engineers Without Borders established a UW-Madison chapter under the guidance of the late Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Peter Bosscher, who helped the chapter to develop a program in Muramba, Rwanda. The Rwanda project was honored for their work with a bronze medal United Nations Mondialogo Engineering Award in 2005.
In 2009, EWB-UW was awarded a gold medal Mondialogo Award for our work in Bayonnais, Haiti. After years of operation, the chapter maintains a minimum five-year commitment to many communities.
In 2022, our chapter's banquet hosted special guest Boris Martin, the CEO of Engineers Without Borders - USA.
Our chapter currently works in:
Communities play an active role in project selection and exhibit complete control over our projects. Community ownership during the design process is important, but community ownership post-implementation is necessary in order to maintain our projects and to ensure that our projects fulfill their intended purpose.
Engineers Without Borders UW-Madison partners with the Madison Area Professional Chapter of EWB for mentoring and workshops.