Engineers Without Borders USA

University of Pittsburgh Chapter

What is EWB?

Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) is a nonprofit humanitarian organization established to support community-driven development programs worldwide through partnerships that design and implement sustainable engineering projects. EWB-USA members, comprised of professional and student engineers or other disciplines, work with local communities and NGOs in over 45 developing countries around the world on projects such as water, renewable energy, sanitation and more. EWB-USA has grown from little more than a handful of members in 2002 to over 12,000 members today and has over 350 projects worldwide. EWB-USA maintains over 250 dedicated student and professional chapters, and has touched the lives of more than one million people.

Members of the EWB-Pitt Spring 2022 Grants Team

Our Mission

We work to build a better world through engineering projects that empower the communities we work with to meet their basic human needs.

We are currently partnered with communities in

  • Carijana, Bolivia

  • Tambanal-Ayaloma, Ecuador

  • Washington County, PA

  • Midland, PA


EWB-USA Pitt's Spring 2021 Bolivia Team.

Our Chapter

The University of Pittsburgh's chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB Pitt) is run and maintained entirely by undergraduate and graduate students who devote themselves to developing local and international communities and achieving humanitarian goals. We solve engineering challenges facing the communities that we serve by applying the skills learned inside and outside of the classroom.

At EWB Pitt, we are an ambitious and diverse group of students who partner with communities to help them secure access to their basic human needs. We accomplish this through a process of researching, designing, implementing, and ensuring the sustainability of a project by collaborating closely with professional engineers as mentors, NGOs, EWB-USA, and, of course, representatives from the communities. A strong sense of responsibility and a desire to make a difference in the world motivates our members to work hard every single day.


A member of the community digging their latrine pit in Carijana.
A typical house in the community

Midland Avenue in town center of Midland, PA

Several of our local team members traveled to Washington County, PA to meet with a partnered family and conduct water tests.

Current Supporters


A generous donation from the Smith family


Our many donors from Engage Pitt

Past Supporters