EWB Fall Information Session


Come learn more about the organization and see presentations from all of our project leads! Get the lowdown on getting involved with Engineers Without Borders Greater Austin Chapter.

We will have special guest speakers from the City of Austin joining us to present on sustainability, energy, and technology. The topics are “Community Solar” and “Driving Sustainability Through New Technologies: Electric Vehicles & Energy Storage.” For professionals, this will count as one PDH.

All majors and backgrounds welcome! Light refreshments will be provided.

When: Monday, August 29th from 6pm to 7pm

Where: ECJ 6.406 – 301 East Dean Keeton Street, Austin, TX 78712

“Community Solar”
Danielle Murray, Austin Energy’s solar manager, will discuss the utility’s forthcoming Community Solar program, which will expand access to local solar for Austin residents who aren’t able to install solar at their own home. The first project will bring over 2 MW of solar and 1.5 MW of energy storage to east Austin. Danielle will compare the project with the rise of solar and battery-based micro-grids in the developing world, and discuss opportunities for technology leap-frogging, as well as the benefits of the good ol’ grid.
“Driving Sustainability Through New Technologies: Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage”
Cameron Freberg, a Utility Strategist with Austin Utility will present on how Austin Energy is striving to meet the company’s and city’s sustainability goals in energy and transportation through new energy storage and electric cars.  Learn what Austin Energy is doing to promote and drive these technologies and other sustainability goals.


Upcoming Events!

Come join EWB Austin as we start the new semester with some awesome events and the first general meeting! Anyone is welcome to come have fun and learn more about EWB Austin and its projects. Hope you can make it! Upcoming events listed below:

08/14 8/21: Park Day and Brunch with Greater Austin members at Zilker Park at 10:30 am

08/29: First General Meeting – ECJ 6.406 at 6:00 pm

09/07: Free Bowling at the Texas Union Underground from 6:15-8:15 pm

09/08: Happy Hour from 6:30-8:30 (Doc’s Motorworks 38th, http://www.docsrestaurantaustin.com)

09/12: First project meetings 6:00 pm (location TBD)


Water Trotter Urban Challenge

Friends of EWB-USA Greater Austin Chapter,

The Water Trotter Urban Challenge is this Saturday, April 23, at 10am!  Early Bird pricing ended, but because you’ve been such loyal supporters of the chapter, we’ve set up a discount code just for you:  Enter “Water2016” when you register for $5 off!  And please help us spread the word by linking to our Facebook event.  See you this weekend!

Test your knowledge of local Austin! The Water Trotter Urban Challenge is a fun scavenger hunt and trekking adventure that will challenge teams to find checkpoints that emphasize the importance of clean water. Participants will navigate through the diverse urban ecosystem of Austin’s Waller Creek Corridor, exploring local neighborhoods such as the Capitol grounds and University of Texas at Austin campus.

April 23rd at 10:00 AM

Scholz Garten

T-shirt and goody bag included

Great prizes (Uchi, Round Rock Express, Via313 Pizza, Tamale House and more!)

Register Today!


Water Trotter Flyer 2016


2016 EWB-USA International Summit

A few members of the EWB-USA Greater Austin Chapter had the opportunity this last month to attend the EWB-USA International Summit in Denver Colorado. The 2016 EWB-USA International Summit brought together NGO, volunteer, academic, and industry sectors to engage in dialogue on our collaborative roles in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals. The summit kicked off with a screening of the award-winning documentary Poverty, Inc. and a cross-disciplinary discussion titled “Poverty: Conceptions, Misperceptions, and Renewed Directions.” The summit also showcased eight Global Dialogue topics around the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Members of the Greater Austin chapter attended discussions on topics such as “Partnering with Multi-Level Governments” and “Cultural Dimensions of Gender”. The participants also got a chance to network with other chapters across the country that also work in Guatemala or Peru and discuss potential opportunities for collaboration!summit

EWB Austin at Girl Day 2016

The University of Texas at Austin hosts an Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day annually and this year EWB-Austin had our own station. Within our station, we had smaller stations representing each of our projects, completed and on going. The girls were able to interact with the chapter’s members and see a side of engineering that they may have never seen or thought of previously. Here are some highlights of the day. Hope you enjoy them!

A picture of what the girls saw when they came up to the booth:



We have project meetings every Monday, with one coming up this next Monday March 21st at 6:00 pm. It will be held in the Austin Theological Presbyterian Seminary and the local, Peru, Guatemala, and Instrumentation groups will be meeting. There is a Happy Hour coming up on the 24th of March so be on the lookout for that. Water Trotter is coming up on April 23, 2016! This is sure to be fun and a link will follow to the event’s page.

Link to Water Trotter event: Water Trotter Event


General Meeting – Spring 2016

Join us at our General Meeting! Learn more about EWB, our projects and our recent travels!

All majors and backgrounds welcome!!! Cookies and drinks will be provided.

Where: ECJ 6.406   (Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall Building at UT Austin)

When: Monday January 25th, 2016


We hope to see you there!

Every donation makes a difference!

With the holidays in full swing, the Greater Austin Chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA asks that you keep us and the communities we work with in mind.

Your donation of…
$5 buys 5kg of rice!
$25 buys 10m of PVC pipeline!
$50 buys the team’s bus tickets from Lima to Huaraz!
$100 buys enough materials to build a spring box!
$500 buys a flight to Peru!

Click on Donate on the menu on top, or click the following link:


EWB at Regional Conference


EWB Greater Austin participates in the South Central Regional Conference and wins Premier Chapter Award

This October, The Engineers without Borders-USA Greater Austin Chapter had 5 members attend the South Central Regional Conference. The Conference was hosted by the Texas A&M Chapter in College Station and brought together students and Professionals from chapters across Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas to network and share ideas. Anjan Contractor and Robert Read presented at the conference on the work that the Instrumentation and communications group has been conducting for our Panama, Peru, Guatemala and Local Latrine projects. The Greater Austin Chapter was also awarded the South Central Region Premier Chapter Award. Engineers without Borders-USA recognizes chapters that meet the ideals of a successful EWB-USA chapter. These ideals include excellence in organization, fundraising and public relations, engagement in mentor/mentee relationship and chapter and regional participation. Julie Jones, who presented the award, commended our chapter for its unique student/professional balance, Water Trotter Urban Challenge Fundraiser and involvement of members in both chapter board and regional positions.