Evening with EWB celebrates engineering work around the world

EWB Banquet

The first ever EWB banquet held in the Shriver        
Center Heritage Room

Engineers Without Borders held their first annual banquet with over 100 people in attendance. The celebration of EWB’s work included jazz music, excellent food, and a silent auction.

EWB members presented the progress on their three ongoing projects:

“It was a good night for spreading the mission of EWB. We reached a lot of people who were unfamiliar with our work before, which is equally as powerful as raising money,” said Brent Reichert, the Corporate Outreach Chair for EWB.

The Keynote speech was given by Marek Dollár, Dean of the College of Engineering & Computing. Socially Engaged Engineering & Computing (SEEC), the college’s new initiative, was the theme. He praised EWB for being a good example of what SEEC stands for—successfully going out into the world, seeing what people need, and tailoring engineering solutions for them.

At the end of the speech, Dollár announced the Dean's office was donating $3,000 to help EWB continue their work at home and abroad.

In 2018, EWB has two trips abroad planned. One to Rwanda in May, and one to Uganda in January. EWB volunteers will advance their long-term developmental plans in these two countries, solving problems to help these communities meet their basic needs.

By Paige Smith