Updates on our projects

Failure Forum 2019

January 28th, 2019

This student-led conference is dedicated to the candid discussion of failure in the context of EWB porjects and the lessons that can be shared and learned when things go wrong. It aims to encourage students and professional engineers to speak up about a reality that sometimes seems taboo in the engineering service world. Sing up here!

Who: EWB Students, professionals. and all others interested
Where: Maxwell Dworkin building, Harvard University
When: April 6th, 2019, 10am-7pm, followed by a chapter social
Why: To promote a culture where it's acceptable to talk about and learn from failure.

Story on Mkutani Project Trip

August 1, 2018

Read about the recent Mkutani Implementation Trip conducted on May and June by the Harvard Engineers Without Borders here!

Failure Forum Conference

February 1, 2018

We are excited to announce our failure-themed conference to be held from noon - 7pm in the Maxwell-Dworkin Building on Harvard's campus. Too often, EWB conferences skip over the failures in projects and glorify the final results. However, we believe that it is important to talk about these mishaps in order to learn for successful projects in the future. Sign up here!

WHO: EWB students, professionals, and all others interested!
WHAT: A failure-themed EWB conference hosted by the Harvard student chapter
WHERE: Maxwell-Dworkin Building, Harvard University
WHEN: April 7th, 2018 from noon until 7pm
WHY: To promote a culture where it's acceptable to talk about and learn from failure

Dr. Doug Larson talk

December 1, 2017

Dr. Doug Larson visited our chapter and presented about his project designing an off-grid water supply system for a school in rural Liberia. We learned a lot and he will be working closely with our Mkutani team in the near future. Thank you Dr. Larson! Read more about his project here.

Summer 2017 Project Updates - Los Sanchez

September 15, 2017

400 community members originally had unreliable access to water with a significant portion of the community collecting water from unclean water sources. This water distribution project will help the community of Los Sanchez have 24-hour access to clean water through a distribution system we are building. This summer, the Los Sanchez team installed a gravity-fed water distribution system which stretches nearly 4,000 ft. down the length of the community’s main road and also connected 60 houses to this system. For the first time, the members of the community will have access to water 24 hours a day.

Summer 2017 Project Updates - Mkutani

September 15, 2017

600 primary school students and instructors at the Mkutani Primary School lacked adequate buildings and health resources for school. The project team constructed a teacher’s residence this August: it is the first building in Mkutani, Tanzania with power points, light fittings, and switches, a porcelain squat toilet, plumbing, a septic tank and fully termite-treated wood. The team will return next summer to construct water catchment systems for the existing school facilities in an effort to combat poor sanitation and hygiene and dehydration.

Generous Donation from Harvard DRCLAS

April 25, 2017

We are delighted to announce that we have received generous support from the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS)! Their funding will go towards the cost of materials and transportation for our trip to the Dominican Republic this summer.

EWB-USA's Spring 2017 Photo Contest

April 24, 2017

Harvard EWB wins Third Place in EWB-USA's Spring 2017 Photo Contest! We are honored to contribute to EWB’s mission through work in the field, and to have this opportunity to underscore the importance of giving to communities around the world.

View Winning Submissions

Update on Nectar Grant

April 17, 2017

Grants received by the chapter are distributed between the chapter’s two current projects. For this calendar year, we have received grants from the following sponsors:

  • Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences - $12,000
  • Harvard Office for Sustainability- $5,000
  • Engineers Without Borders USA - $8,000
In addition, we have raised $9,615 during a winter fundraiser.
The chapter seeks to raise a total of $ 63,075 to facilitate implementation trips to Los Sanchez, Dominican Republic and Mkutani, Tanzania this coming summer 2017.
To donate and support these projects, please click here. Also, please see our sponsorship packet(pdf) below:

Download Sponsorship Packet

Project Update- The Mkutani Team

March 29, 2017

" The Mkutani team submitted their latrine and teacher housing pre-tip implementation plans along with their construction safety plan! Over 150 pages of Mkutani content is now under EWB-USA review. "

- Nicole Trenchard, Project Lead Mkutani Team

Project Update- The Los Sachez Team

February 22, 2017

The Los Sanchez project has had a busy semester preparing for their upcoming construction trip in August. So far this year, they have finished a detailed analysis of possible designs for the water system.

Acknowledgement - EWB Grants and Fundraisers.

February 28, 2017

Grants received by the chapter are distributed between the chapter’s two current projects. Thus far, the chapter’s main source of revenue has been grants from Harvard University. This year, they have strengthened their relationship with larger funding sources like the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the Phillips Brooks House Center for Public Service and Engaged Scholarship, and the Harvard Global Health Institute. They have been awarded one $8,000 and one $4,000 grant from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and $5,000 from the Harvard Office for Sustainability. In addition, they have raised $8,615 during a winter fundraiser.

EWB Club update- New Board Appointed!

February 26, 2017

Designation: Board
Appointed: Eshaan Patheria and Victor Yang
E-mail: epatheria@college.harvard.edu; vyang@college.harvard.edu

The Committee members:

  • Programming: Sarah Welsh (Board), Tatheer Adnan, Sean Park and Andrew Yang
  • Fundraising: Lyra Wanzer (Board), Vivian Fernandez (Board), Tyler Moulton (Executive), Yonatan Girma and Sophie Pesek
  • Media: Billy Koech (Executive) and Anisha Dok