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EWB-KU is a service-based organization at KU doing positive work locally, nationally, and internationally with members representing all engineering disciplines. With various community service opportunities across Lawrence, several service trips throughout the U.S., two ongoing projects in Bolivia, and a new project in Uganda, EWB-KU allows students to apply what they have learned in the classroom to create and implement real-world sustainable solutions.
President of EWB-KU
Junior in Chemical Engineering
From Wichita, KS
Tell us about yourself:
My name is David Trevino and I am from Wichita, Kansas. I am currently a Junior in Chemical Engineering, President of EWB-KU, Vice President of SHPE, and a SELF Fellow. I really like to lift weights and my favorite artist is Mariah Carey. One of my biggest goals is to secure a career in which I will be in the specialty chemicals industry and contributing to environmental wellness and sustainability.
What is EWB-KU?
EWB-KU is KU’s student chapter of the international, nonprofit organization, Engineers Without Borders.
Tell us about EWB:
Throughout the year EWB-KU works hard to fundraise for our domestic and international trips and also focuses on creating sustainable projects for the communities that EWB serves. EWB focuses on water supply and sanitation in both international projects.
In January, EWB visits Uganda to implement a roof rain water catching system in Kaliro. In August, EWB visits Bolivia, where they serve two community projects that are about a 15 minute walk from each other. While in Bolivia, EWB serves to implement solar heated showers in banos (bathrooms). Besides the international projects, EWB also visits the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans to do some community service for Historic Green and to bond as an organization.
Despite the trips being the main purpose of EWB, the organization also serves as community builder and hosts social and community service events for its members to enjoy. Not only is EWB a great community builder, but it is also an excellent way for student's to apply engineering principles to the real world in a way that can make a difference.
Why did you get involved with EWB?
I saw EWB as a way to intersect my curiosity for engineering and passion for community service. One of the best experiences of my life was when I was able to go on a Guatemala Service Trip in High School. During this trip, we completed many projects with the indigenous populations of Guatemala and this sparked my motivation to continue similar work. EWB-KU has given me the opportunity to apply fundamental engineering principles to the effort of increasing water accessibility for native Bolivian communities.
What do you hope to accomplish this year?
I hope to maintain our drive for fundraising, community service, and domestic projects. The officers of EWB-KU facilitate much growth within our organization. For example, this fall we installed a new officer position, our Domestic Programs coordinator, and reinitiated a Fall Break Trip for students looking for community service work in various parts of the U.S. We had our first Fall Break Trip since 3 years ago! Our community service position has developed and now engage in work all across campus and Lawrence. Finally, fundraising is on the move and I hope to accomplish greater rewards so that we can provide more for the communities we serve.
What has been your favorite part of being member of EWB?
My favorite part of EWB-KU has been all the friends I've made since I started. Sleeping on the concrete floor of a community building without having showered for 10 days is a great way to make friends while in Bolivia! Also, my experiences during the NOLA Trip for Spring Break gave me the opportunity to establish friendships with community leaders in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans. Traveling is also one of my favorite parts of EWB-KU, whether it be to Kaliro, Azacilo, Colani, NOLA, or St. Louis, I have been able to explore the world with this organization.
How can students get involved with EWB?
Sign up for our email list at: http://eepurl.com/bFu8Vj
Follow us on social media @EWBKU
These avenues provide students with sign-ups for our fundraising, community service, or social events, along with dates for our next meetings!
Is there anything else we should know about EWB?
EWB-KU provides students with taking on great leadership, and for students looking for those kinds of experiences, EWB-KU provides professional and philanthropic opportunities.