About Us

Engineers Without Borders

New Jersey Institute of Technology Student Chapter

The NJIT chapter of Engineers Without Borders is providing NJIT students of all majors the unique opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to help communities in developing nations.  Through our projects, students expand cultural awareness, collaborate with faculty mentors, and build professional experience.  Despite the exclusivity implied by the “Engineers” in our club name (“Engineers Without Borders”), the great number of non-engineering aspects entailed in our projects requires contributions from those in business, journalism, health, education, management and much more. Students are encouraged to incorporate subject matter they learned at NJIT to improve quality of life of our project participants, making EWB-NJIT a truly interdisciplinary student society. EWB-NJIT allows the NJIT student an opportunity to become well-rounded global professionals.

EWB-NJIT was born in 2007 thanks to Professor Jay Meegoda's responding to a plea for help. He had heard of the Haitian community's desperate need for clean water—a need so desperate, that the entire population of Milot (the Haitian town EWB is working with), a number 30,000 strong, has been using extremely contaminated water. This has resulted in high infant mortality rates, dysentery, cholera, typhoid, and other ailments. It was his decision to create a Chapter of the national organization Engineers Without Boarders, a way to help address this problem whilst engaging the students of NJIT to use their skills for the greater good of the world. As such, EWB-NJIT has been created with a belief that clean water and other basic needs of people should be a given in any society, and is working hard to see this need is met by one of the poorest countries in the world (with more to come).

The NJIT chapter of the Engineers Without Borders program's scope does not end with the Bio-Sand Water Filter Project, another project EWB-NJIT has undertaken is the Latrine Project. The Latrine Project—a project dedicated to supplying and helping Milot to construct what are called 'dry latrines', which will help convert human waste into useful compost for sake of improving agriculture in addition to improving sanitary conditions.

The Great thing about EWB-NJIT is the fact that it works closely with the communities they endeavor to aid. They realize that in order to truly help a given populace, these projects must not be 'sold', but they must be taught. Many members of the Haitian community have come out in support of these efforts, and it is them who will carry out the legacy EWB-NJIT seeks to leave behind. EWB-NJIT realizes that they can only do so much to get the ball rolling, but they do as much as they can. Once a project gains enough momentum to see a community's health thrive on the work they have created and embrace the project as their own, however, there can be no greater sense of satisfaction for a member of EWB-NJIT to know that they have helped make a difference for so many lives, and for generations to come.

You see unlike many other organizations that give developing countries fish with which to eat for a day, Engineers Without Borders endeavors to teach them how to fish, so that they may learn to eat for the rest of their lives.