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Engineers are inherently focused on solving society's most challenging problems through the discovery and application of new knowledge and technologies. The College of Engineering (COE) offers an array of service learning opportunities that enrich the student experience with diverse ways to apply academic learning in the service of others. From global efforts with lasting cultural and environmental impact, to local collaborations designed to engage the engineers of tomorrow, COE is committed to fostering an environment that is both intellectually challenging and personally gratifying.

Type of Project: (service learning, volunteer, community based research)

Title of Project: UD's student chapter of Engineers Without Borders

Community Partners: Bamendjou, Cameroon and San Marcos, Guatemala

Description of Project: UD's student chapter of Engineers Without Borders, has been making a difference in the lives of villagers in Bamendjou, Cameroon, located in Central Africa, since June 2007. Under the direction of faculty adviser Steven K. Dentel, a total of eight teams have traveled to Bamendjou to assess the community's needs for safe drinking water, establish immediate improvements and implement plans for long-term solutions. Most recently, Dentel accompanied five UD students to Bamendjou where they led the construction of a 20,000L ferrocement water tank that will serve as the reservoir for the community's planned distribution system. UD students worked side-by-side with community members over two and a half weeks to complete the tank. In subsequent trips, EWB-UD constructed a solar powered lift station to pump more water to the reservoir, and developed a network of pipes that will provide the community with easy access to clean drinking water. Since 2009, a second team of EWB members has worked with the community of San Jose Petacalapa In San Marcos, Guatemala to build a bridge over the Rio Vibora to connect the community with its farmland.

Time Span: Ongoing since June 2007.

Any other additional information:

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