EWB-USA is innovative in that it brings together students, academia, and professional practice to focus on a need in a developing community, rather than the need of a student, need of a university, or need of a client. It is through this focus on service, rather than self, that is catalyzing the engineering profession to work with developing communities.

The student chapters of EWB are molding the internationally-conscious engineers of tomorrow. Become a mentor and be a part of the ingenuity that these young engineers inspire. You will be a part of a team of 2-3 mentors for a particular student project. All that is required is technical expertise in a particular system, field, or industry of relevance to the project. Mentors do not lead student projects and do not need prior EWB experience. Mentors are a resource to provide guidance and advice to the students. We currently have mentoring opportunities at Rice University, the University of Houston, and Texas A&M University at Galveston. Please contact Rich Koenig at if you would like to get involved in one of the following mentoring opportunities:

Rice University

Canton Los Alas Chalatenango, El Salvador:  The project consists of design and installation of a water purification and distribution system for a population of approximately 1000 residents. An assessment trip has been completed, and design is in progress.

Barrio Lucidia Mantilla, Matagalpa, Nicaragua: The project includes design and construction of a potable water distribution system to service a portion of Barrio Lucidia Mantilla (approximately 400 residents) that does not have a reliable water source.  The team is collaborating with the community and local government to accomplish this.

Wiscoyol, Nicaragua:  The project consists of design and installation of a system to draw water from existing wells to a storage tank at a higher elevation.  This will include installation of electric pumps in water supply wells, and installing piping and a storage tank.  An assessment trip has been conducted and design is in progress.

University of Houston 

Telpochapa, Nicaragua:  The project involves the construction of a preschool, followed by an upgrade to the community’s sanitation system.   The foundation for the school has been completed and building design is under way.

Texas A&M at Galveston 

Chichigalpa, Nicaragua: The project consists of a potable water supply system, sanitation system, and hygiene program to several communities outside of Chichigalpa, Nicaragua.  An exploration trip is planned to meet the community and take water samples.