- New Project Application February 7, 2018
During our Technical Meeting on February 7, our team made a decision to adopt our third project! With Majé very close to completion, we have decided it would be a good idea to get the ball rolling for our next project. Our group has decided to tackle another water project, this time a little further south in Ecuador. The community of Cotopaxi, El Romerillo has asked for help from EWB. They are in need of a water filtration system that will filter out volcanic ash from their water source. This community of 700 is around 12 miles from an active volcano and needs to plan for future eruptions. Hopefully, we get approved and can begin helping out another community!
- First General Meeting Recap January 24, 2018
It was great to see everyone who was able to attend our first general meeting of the semester last night. We hope that you were able to get your questions answered and are as excited about the upcoming year in EWB as we are!
At the meeting, our president Kennedy Tunks gave a presentation on the benefits of joining EWB.
Then, Chandler Miller took over to give us a recap of our current project happening in Panama. Chandler also mentioned some future events that will be happening very soon in Majé. This spring break (March 24th to April 1st), a group of ten EWB members and two advisors will be traveling to the community for our implementation trip! We will also be returning to Majé in 2019 to monitor progress and determine if Phase 2 is necessary to meet the community’s needs.
After Chandler, Brooke Flynn took the stage to talk about a possible future project happening in Cameroon. This community has roughly 1000 residents and is lacking in safe clean drinking water. In this project, we could be designing a bore-well and reservoir tanks that could be enhanced by solar energy.
To finish up the meeting, Kennedy retook the stage and talked about the schedule for the future. These included a weekend for Habitat for Humanity and future general, technical, and fundraising meetings. See our calendar or Facebook page for a schedule.
- Thank You Sponsors! April 5, 2017We are happy to announce that POWER Engineers is now a sponsor of Mizzou Engineers Without Borders. Their support along with the support of recent donations from Mizzou’s College of Engineering, Black & Veatch, and the local Rotary Club Sunrise Southwest has brought us within $5,000 of our estimated $40,000 cost for our current project in Majé de Chimán.
For more information on how to become a sponsor, please visit our sponsor page or contact us for additional information.
- University of Missouri Support March 2, 2017We are proud to announce that the University of Missouri College of Engineering has chosen to support our current project to bring Majé de Chimán a new water distribution system to provide them with adequate amounts of clean drinking water throughout the year. The College of Engineering has given us an initial donation and will continue their support next year contingent upon the progress of our project and fundraising efforts.
- February General Meeting March 1, 2017<p>On February 22, the Mizzou Chapter of Engineers Without Borders hosted representatives from Boehringer Ingelheim to come speak at our general meeting. Two process engineers spoke about the need for qualified engineers in all fields of study. Highlighting their own company, which produces animal vaccines, the representatives described how they used their technical knowledge to improve lab spaces and streamline industrial processes to peak efficiency.</p><p>Our chapter would like to thank Boehringer Ingelheim for their presentation. If your business is interested in contacting our organization, please email us at email@example.com.</p>
- New Member Leadership Board Applications and General Meeting January 25, 2016Applications for the New Member Leadership Board (NMLB) are finally here! The NMLB is an important new aspect of Mizzou EWB that, if successful, will have a large positive impact for the organization. This is a great opportunity to get involved as a leader in EWB. Please read over this document and if interested, fill out the application. The applications are due to Thomas Nabelek (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday, February 1 at 5:00 p.m. Let us know if you have any questions!
Also, don’t forget about our first general meeting of the semester this Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in Ketcham Auditorium. There will be free pizza!
See you there!
- December General Meeting, Elections, and More December 4, 2015We’re almost there! Just a couple more weeks to get through and then we’re free!
But before we all leave campus for break, and as discussed at the last general meeting, Mizzou EWB will be having its last general meeting of the semester next Wednesday, December 9 at 4:00 p.m. in EBW Auditorium. The primary agenda item will be elections.
Descriptions of the officer roles that we need to fill can be found here. Please consider running for a position, even if you’re not sure you are qualified or haven’t been as active as you would have preferred this semester. In order for our organization to run well, we need people to step up and take on the responsibilities of each position. Doing so will allow you to gain significant and valuable experience.
Note that if a position which you are interested in is filled by another candidate, you may run for a different position. Do realize that each position will require a decent time commitment and officers are expected to stay organized and on top of their tasks. If you are not able to be present during the elections but would like to run for a position, please let us know by Monday evening.
Applications for the New Member Leadership Board will be sent out over break and will be due near the beginning of next semester.
Finally, the fundraising meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday of this week has been rescheduled for Thursday, December 10 at 4:00 p.m. in W1004 (next to Ketcham Auditorium). This will be a great opportunity to get involved as we start working on ideas for raising money – an essential component to the work we do.
Let us know if you have any questions! We’ll see you on Wednesday!
- Summer Update – Headed to Panama! August 6, 2015Hey folks!
It’s been a while since we’ve posted an update, but we’ve been hard at work! Next coming Saturday, August 9, our travel team will depart for the remote community of Majé de Chimán, Panama as we continue our project to provide a reliable water distribution and water treatment system that will supply potable water to meet the community’s current and future needs.
This will be our second assessment trip to the community. While there the team plan to complete tasks such as assessing the feasibility of piping water from a new source 7km from the community, plot the transmission pipeline route from the water source to the community’s tanks, evaluate the re-plumbing of the tanking system, assess the feasibility of a sand point well as an alternative water source, and obtain water quality data. We encourage you to check out our pre-assessment trip report found at the bottom of our project page.
The travel team consists of Jake Sanders, Seth Fennessey, Jessica Cochran, Thomas Nabelek, Annelise Zeltmann, and Gary Cunningham. We wish them all the best and a successful trip! We’ll report back after the team returns on the 18th.
Enjoy the last few fleeting weeks of summer break!
- Technical Meetings Suspended April 14, 2015Because our project is at a standstill at the moment as we try to figure out in which direction it is best for us to take the project, we have decided to suspend the technical meetings until further notice. We’ll be sure to let you know when the meetings resume, so make sure you watch your email! If you’re not on our email list, head to mizzouewb.org/signup.
- Travel Applications! March 17, 2015Travel applications are out! The application can be found here.
The dates aren’t set in stone, but the trip is tentatively set between August 9th and August 23rd. Please note that the application is due by April 5th at 5:00 p.m. See the application for more details.
As we’ve said before, we strongly encourage everyone to apply, even if you haven’t been as involved with EWB as you would have liked to be.
Let us know if you have any questions!
- Elections Tomorrow! March 9, 2015This is a reminder that our elections will be held this Tuesday, March 10th at 4:00 p.m. in W1004.
We strongly encourage everyone to consider running! It’s a great experience and the organization needs active members and leaders to keep going strong. If you plan to run, please email your name and the position(s) you will be running for to our current president Justin Distler at email@example.com so that we can prepare before the elections (this isn’t necessary, but would be helpful). Please be prepared to give a roughly one minute speech about yourself, any experience you have in EWB or similar organizations, and why you think you’d be right for the position you are running for (qualifications, etc.). If you won’t be able to make it on Tuesday, email that info in a paragraph or two to Justin if you have not already done so. Also, please contact Justin with any questions (don’t be afraid to ask).
We will be creating a new position with the title Director of the Spanish Militia. The role of this officer will be to head up the team responsible for all of the translation work that needs to be done (communications with the community, project documents, etc.). The document here gives a brief layout of what the different officer positions entail, but does not include the Director of the Spanish Militia.
We hope to see you Tuesday, whether you’re running or not!
- February Meeting Recap: Elections & Technical Meetings March 1, 2015At our February general meeting, we gave a brief update on our Panama project and went over running for officer positions. The document here gives a good layout of what the different officer positions entail. We strongly encourage everyone to take a look at the document and consider multiple positions that they would be interested in running for. Keep in mind, however, that there is a lot of flexibility in our positions depending on what is best for the organization at the time or the status of our current project. In other words, the roles of the officers are not strictly held to what is listed in the document.
Our elections will be held on March 10th at 4:00 p.m. in W1004. If you plan to run, it would help us out if you can send us your name and the positions you will be running for so that we can prepare before the elections. However, there won’t be a problem if you don’t let us know ahead of time. Please be prepared to give about a minute speech about yourself, any experience you have in EWB or similar organizations, and why you think you’d be right for that position (qualifications, etc.). If you won’t be able to make it to that meeting, email that info in a paragraph or two to our current president Justin Distler at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also email him if you have any questions (don’t be afraid to ask).
Also, we hope to see a number of people at our technical meetings each Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in Study Room H of the Engineering Library. These have been very beneficial for our project and those members who are wanting to participate more in the actual work of the project and who are working to learn more about the project. Let us know if you have any questions about this.
- October Meeting and Rotary Scholarship October 12, 2014
Come join us for our next general meeting this Tuesday, October 14, at 5:05 p.m. We’ll be in room E1419 of Lafferre Hall. Please note that this is a different location than usual (don’t go to Ketcham!).
Our team members who went on the first assessment trip of the Panama project will be giving a presentation on their experience and answering any questions that you have. You will also find out how you can get to travel on future trips!
Also, head to goo.gl/81O7Jy for a Rotary scholarship flier. This scholarship is for graduate school, specifically for those looking into international development or plan to do that in their career. If this sounds interesting to you, make sure you check it out!
We’ll see you on Tuesday! Don’t forget to bring a friend!
- Fall BBQ! October 2, 2014
Our semesterly BBQ will be THIS COMING SATURDAY, October 4, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Domain! There will be FREE FOOD, a fire pit, volleyball, and a lot of friendly conversation. Everyone is welcome so come by and bring friends!
If you’ve got any questions, contact Zach Sharp, our VP of Outreach, at email@example.com or (816) 896-4742.
- Post-Meeting Info September 15, 2014
It was great to see everyone who was able to attend our first general meeting of the semester on Monday. We hope that you were able to get your questions answered and are as excited about the upcoming year in EWB as we are! We’ve got a big project to work on and there is a lot to be done, but we plan to have a lot of fun doing it. I know a number of you were not able to attend due to conflicts, so hopefully this will catch you up. There’s a bunch of info here, including some additional details here that weren’t shared at the meeting, so please take the time to read through it so you can know what’s going on.
At the meeting, our president Justin Distler gave a brief update on the status of our project in Panama. You can find a PDF copy of the presentation at orgsync.com/47068/files/615416/show If you don’t know much about the project, check out some of the details on the Project 2 page. The assessment trip that our travel team made in August was a success. The team was able to establish a relationship with the community that we’ll be working with. They analyzed the current water system that the community is using and collected data on water quality, consumption, and future needs. They also mapped the community and the water sources in the area. Right now, we are processing all of the data that was collected. More details will be shared soon at the link above and at future general and technical meetings.
So how can you get involved? The best way to get involved with Mizzou EWB is to not only make yourself available, but to actively seek out ways that you can assist. Take a look at the list of our four main groups below and contact the head of each group to let them know you’re interested in helping out (not necessary if you got your name down on the technical design group signup sheet during our meeting). If you don’t have much experience in a particular area, that’s ok. We encourage you to learn along the way.
Communications & Translating – Justin White – firstname.lastname@example.org
– Spanish documents needing translation
– Direct communication with community leaders and NGO (non-governmental organization)
Technical Design – Seth Fennessey – email@example.com
– Currently working on post trip paperwork
– Go straight into design and recommendations for community
– AutoCAD and SolidWorks work to be done
– Design calculations
Fundraising & Presenting – Michael Huber – firstname.lastname@example.org
– Golf Tournament Fundraiser in November
– EWB presentations to societies
Outreach & Socials – Zach Sharp – email@example.com
– Help plan outreach events throughout semester
– Need some sweet t-shirts
Other things that will be going on this semester include any design competitions we come across that fit EWB’s purpose as well as the PET (Personal Energy Transportation) project. With PET, we assist with designs for wheelchairs used by disabled people (often victims of land mines, disease, and birth defects) in developing countries.
We will also be hosting Fireside Talks with Sami! This is an opportunity for open discussion about anything, but most specifically current engineering problems, technologies, discoveries and philosophies. Oh, and also the meaning of life (yeah, you’ll want to be there). The first fireside talk will be on Monday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m. at 1401 University Ave. (within walking distance of campus). Come join the discussion! If you’re planning to come, let Sami know by contacting her at firstname.lastname@example.org or (417) 840-2442.
Mark you calendar! Our semesterly BBQ will be on Saturday, October 4 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Domain! There will be free food, a fire pit, volleyball, and a lot of friendly conversation. So come by and bring friends!
Make sure you like us on Facebook (facebook.com/MizzouEWB) and follow us on Twitter (@MizzouEWB)! Throughout the year you can contact us through either of those mediums, through the contact form here, or by emailing email@example.com.
Let us know if you have any questions!
- First Meeting of the Semester! September 4, 2014
Our first meeting will be on Monday, September 8 at 5:00 p.m. in Ketcham Auditorium (room W1005 in Lafferre Hall). We’ll be catching everybody up on the current status of our organization and the progress of our project in Panama, and we’ll let you know how you can get involved. So come by and bring friends!
- A Big Step August 9, 2014
We hope everyone’s summer is going splendidly. Though we’ve remained relatively quiet on our page here since the spring semester ended, Mizzou EWB has in fact been hard at work on our new project and we begin another big step towards completing that project today.
Our team of seven student members and our group’s advisor flew out of the Kansas City airport at 6 a.m. this morning on their way to Panama for the first assessment trip of the Panama project. We started work on this project, the second major project for our organization, in 2013. The goal of the project is to increase the supply of water and to improve the quality of the drinking water in the community of Majé de Chimán. More details of the project can be found on the project’s page.
The team met up with our NGO (nongovernmental organization) contact when they got to the airport. Tonight they will be traveling to Chepo, Panama, a community about 95 km west of Majé de Chimán, and will stay there for the night. On Sunday, the team will leave at 10 a.m. to travel by boat to the community. Upon arrival, they will meet with community leaders and start discussing the Memorandum of Understanding and the plans for the week.
Majé de Chimán is quite remote and the team will have limited Internet and phone access, but will try to send back updates if they are able to.
We wish our team all the best and are very excited to see this major step in the project take place!
- Travel Application Due Date May 29, 2014
Because our final paperwork for EWB-USA is due on the 15th of June, having the travel application due date set for then will unfortunately not work. Please submit your application by Friday, June 6 at 5 p.m.
If this is a problem for anyone, please email Justin Distler (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any concerns. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope to see everyone apply!
- Travel Applications and Summer Activities May 25, 2014
We hope your summer is off to a great start!
Sorry for the long post, but we have a lot of info to share with you.
Firstly, we have had to start a new email list for the coming school year and so it is likely that there are some members missing from the list. If you did not receive the following information via email and would like to be on our email list, please send us a message on Facebook with your pawprint or email Thomas Nabelek (email@example.com).
We have some exciting news on the project side! The travel application for our first assessment trip with the community Maje de Chiman in Panama, tentatively scheduled for mid to late August 2014, can be found at https://orgsync.com/47068/files/568087/show. The application details when we will be traveling. This is an amazing opportunity to get real hands on engineering experience in a foreign country! Everyone that is interested in traveling should apply for this awesome experience. The applications should be submitted no later than 5 p.m. Sunday, June 15, and we will hopefully have the team determined by Saturday, June 21. Please send the completed application to Justin Distler (firstname.lastname@example.org) and CC Cade Robinson (email@example.com) and Seth Fennessey (firstname.lastname@example.org) on the email.
We know that there is some interest among our members in participating in Mizzou EWB activities over the summer, which is awesome. Here are a few notes on how you can be involved over the next few months:
For those interested, we would love to help put a group together to participate in the Desal Prize competition. The aim of the Desal Prize is to find a method of desalination of brackish water that can be used with renewable energy technology by small-scale farmers in rural and remote areas of developing countries. The Desal Prize has a lot of the same thought processes involved with the competition as EWB has, in terms of design process, research, etc. If you’re interested in this truly unique opportunity to learn, to openly discuss ideas and questions, and to meet other members of EWB, please contact Seth Fennessey (email@example.com) and let him know of your interest.
Some members may be meeting periodically to talk about engineering problems and anything else that comes up related to the Panama project. If you’d like to participate in these meetings, let us know.
We wish all the best to our graduates in their future endeavors and hope to see all those who will be returning in the fall at our first meeting of the semester! Have a great summer!
- New Officers and May General Meeting April 29, 2014
We’d like to congratulate the incoming EWB officer team for the 2014-2015 year! The officers will be:
President: Justin Distler
Project Manager: Seth Fennessey
Associate Project Managers: Sami Tellatin, Javier Blandon, Cade Robinson
Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Web & Media: Thomas Nabelek
VP of Communications: Justin White
VP of Fundraising: Mike Huber
VP of Outreach: Zach Sharp
Director of Health & Safety: Ethan Voyles
Also, we will be having our final meeting of the semester next Monday, May 5th, and you should be there! We’ll be meeting at 6:00 p.m. in W1004 (outside of Ketcham). The discussion will be focused on the project process, tentative travel plans, Wounaan indigenous culture, and the Desal Prize design project.
Let us know if you have any questions. We hope that you will join us and bring friends!
- April Meeting and Officer Elections April 5, 2014
We will be having our April meeting on Wednesday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. in Ketcham Auditorium.
The meeting will feature officer elections and we strongly encourage all members to consider running for an officer role, as it is a great opportunity to get more involved with the organization and gain valuable experience. There is more info in the email that was sent out. (If you didn’t receive the email, send us a message on Facebook.)
We will also be hosting a guest speaker, Andrew Craver, who has previously worked with a Wounaan group in the Maje, Panama area – where we’ll conducting on our current project – and with whom we will be working closely next semester.
We hope to see everyone there! Let us know if you have any questions!
- Post-Meeting Recap February 20, 2014
Thanks to all those who were able to make it out to our meeting last night. It was great to have you there. And a special thanks to Kevin Stark for his presentation! For those who weren’t able to make it, here’s a couple of things to be aware of:
-T-shirts! We’ll be getting t-shirts for our group and would love your input on the design. If you have any ideas, we want to see them! Even a rough sketch will work. Submissions should be sent to Javier Blandón at firstname.lastname@example.org.
-E-week fundraiser! During E-week we’ll be having a “Chili Without Borders” cheap lunch fundraiser. You’re welcome to cook up your recipe, volunteer some time, or just stop by to say hello (and eat)! Contact Megan Schroeder at email@example.com for more information.
-Salsa night! We’ll be having a get-together on Friday, February 28th at The Blue Fugue. This will give you a chance to have some fun with your fellow EWBers! Salsa lessons begin at 9 p.m. We hope to see you there!
If you’d like some more of the information presented at the meeting, check out the presentation.
Let us know if you have any questions!
- Meeting Rescheduled! February 10, 2014
Our February meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, February 19 at 5:00 p.m. in Ketchum Auditorium (Lafferre Hall). We hope to see you there!
- Meeting postponed! February 4, 2014
Because the university will be closed on Wednesday, we will unfortunately be unable to hold our meeting as scheduled. We’re working on a new date and will keep you posted!
- February Meeting January 30, 2014
We hope that you have had a wonderful first couple weeks back and that you will join us for our first meeting of the semester!
We’ll be meeting in Ketchum Auditorium (Lafferre Hall) on Wednesday, February 5th at 6:00 p.m.
We will be covering project updates, will let you know how you can get involved this semester, and will be hosting our guest speaker, Mr. Kevin Stark. Mr. Stark is a former member of EWB Mizzou who now works as an engineer at Environmental Dynamics International. He will be talking about water treatment technologies and his experience working on domestic environmental projects.
It should be a great meeting and we hope you will join us! New faces are always welcome! Let us know if you have any questions!
*Please Note: This meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m., NOT 5:00 p.m. as previously posted.
- October Meeting October 7, 2013
Our October meeting is this week! It’ll be on Wednesday, October 9 at 5:00 p.m. in Ketcham Auditorium, Lafferre Hall.
We’ll have a brief project update, talk about upcoming opportunities with EWB, including how to get involved with PET and Greenpeace, and our professional mentor, Gary Cunningham, will be giving a presentation on some of his experience with water treatment projects.
It’s going to be great! We hope you’ll join us.
- Welcome-Back BBQ! September 12, 2013
Our Welcome-Back BBQ will be held Friday, September 12 at 5:0 p.m. Come out to enjoy some great food while spend some quality time with Mizzou EWB. Bring your friends and family along with you!
We’ll be providing the meat, you provide a side or dessert to share. Sound like a good deal?
We’ll be playing sand volleyball, but feel free to along a frisbee, football, soccer ball, etc.
The address for Campus Lodge is 2900 Old Hwy 63 South. We’ll be under the outdoor pavilion.
- Details from First Meeting September 11, 2013
It was great to see everybody at our first meeting! In case you missed it, check out the presentation. Look on the homepage for details about the Greenpeace challenge and the PET MO-Columbia project. Don’t forget to join us on Orgsync, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter! Also, email our secretary Mallory at firstname.lastname@example.org to get put on our email list. Contact us if you have any questions!
- Member Survey August 27, 2013
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- First Meeting Scheduled! August 24, 2013
The first general meeting of the year has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 11th at 5:00 in Ketchum Auditorium in Lafferre Hall. Come by to get the latest details about our newest project in Panama and learn how you can get involved! We hope to see you there!
Also, the remaining general meetings for the 2013-2014 school year will take place on the second Wednesday of each month at 5:00 in Ketchum Auditorium. Mark you calendar!