Considerations for Sustainable, Collaborative Engineering Projects in Engineers Without Borders

Kai Johnson, BS Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, BS Apparel Design
The Engineers Without Borders USA student chapter at UMN

In association with Engineers Without Borders USA, the University of Minnesota Chapter (EWB-USA UMN) works with communities around the world to solve engineering related problems. EWB-USA UMN has ongoing projects in Ethiopia and Guatemala. The Ethiopia Project is currently designing water catchment and irrigation distribution systems, and the Guatemala Project is developing a gravity-fed water distribution system, mechanically drilled well, and chlorination system. While the technical aspects of the projects are different, the project process and approach to collaboration are the same. This presentation breaks down the design process into three important steps using examples from the Guatemala Project: 1) identify the problem, 2) consider the use context, and 3) design for sustainability.

1:30pm – 2:30pm, Stassen Room (170 through HHH center)

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