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EWB Australia welcome the Top End to our nationwide league of chapters

This newly founded EWB chapter aims to bring together students and professionals to catalyze a broad range of knowledge and experience to benefit the region.
Election of four Board Members on Sunday June 17th - do you know someone who should apply?

Engineers Without Borders Australia Limited (EWB) prides itself in creating social impact through humanitarian engineering. Running an organisation like ours means a powerful combination of members, staff, Board and our partner organisations working together to engineer a better world.
EWB Australia appoints new CEO

Engineers Without Borders Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Eleanor Loudon as CEO, effective May 21st 2018.
Shaping the Future of Engineering-EWB Annual Report 2017 Out Now

Read about the people behind the impact.
Making an Impact Summit - it's the taking part that counts!

More than 150 passionate humanitarians came together at this year's EWB Summit, hosted at Engineers Australia, to share and workshop ideas towards solving global challenges.
ATEC* Biodigester success covered by Reuters

Reuters recently spent time filming staff and customers of social enterprise ATEC Biodigesters to show how the EWB-Australia designed biodigester is providing clean off grid energy and appropriate sanitation in flood prone areas of Cambodia.
EWB appoints Shane Kennelly as its first Indigenous Board Director

As part of our ongoing commitment to reconciliation and increased representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Engineering Sector, Engineers Without Borders Australia is proud to announce the appointment of Shane Kennelly as our first Indigenous Board Director.
Two awards for EWB Sanitation in Challenging Environments Team at NZWater Conference

EWB Australia is very proud of the achievements of the Sanitation in Challenging Environments Team who were awarded not once but twice at the recent NZWater Conference!
IIX & ATEC* raise Series-A investment

IIX works with ATEC Biodigesters to raise Series-A investment, bringing Australian and French investors together into the Impact Investment market in Asia.
Sam Perkins appointed as EWB Australia's new Director of Education & Research

EWB Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Sam Perkins as Director of Education & Research.
UNSW 2017 Winter Regioneering Trip

Volunteers from the UNSW EWB chapter have recently completed their winter regioneering trip in regional NSW!
Winner of the M-Power grant announced

EWB Australia and Mecca Brands are excited to announce the winner of the M-Power grant supporting young women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
Understanding the Indigenous legacy enriches Engineering

How far back to we need to go to understand the engineering solutions that have been applied to shape our landscape? In Australia examples like the Brewarrina Fish Traps in South Western New South Wales, recognised by Engineers Australia as a heritage location and estimated to be over 40,000 year old, means we need to go further back than most people think.
Australian Senator Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and Ambassador Peter Doyle visit Lafaek Water Project

The Senator and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, together with the Australian Ambassador to Timor made a dedicated visit to the Lafaek Water Project site to discuss progress and view the compact water treatment plants in action at CNEFP, Tibar.
INTAKE 21 NOW OPEN FOR VOLUNTEERS OVERSEAS!

Engineers Without Borders invites applications from engineering & technical professionals for overseas placements commencing October 2017.
Now seeking businesses for pro-bono support to exciting community projects

EWB Connect is helping communities achieve their aspirations through enabling infrastructure. We have a current list of exciting social impact community projects around Australia that we are seeking to match with pro-bono support from engineering and technical businesses. This is a great opportunity to join other leading organisations to create social value and promote a culture of pro bono in engineering and infrastructure development in Australia.
Launch of Lafaek Water Social Enterprise Project, Timor Leste

EWB-Australia is excited to announce the launch of Lafaek Water Project, opened on May 23rd at CNEFP, Timor Leste by Mr Dan Woods, Counsellor for Development on behalf of the Australian Embassy. Lafaek Water will pilot an innovative social enterprise model providing communities with reliable access to safe locally sourced potable water.
EWB International Program Mid-Year Report 2016/2017

In financial year 2016/2017, EWB’s International Development Program has continued working with long term partners in Cambodia and Timor-Leste, and has also recently expanded operations to Vanuatu. This report details progress for the period July to December 2016.
This National Volunteer Week, a special thank you from Pete, EWB Australia CEO.

"The extent of volunteering across EWB is absolutely phenomenal and it is such a privilege to be able to take this chance to recognise and celebrate EWB volunteers."
National Volunteer Week 2017

Passion and commitment are in the very DNA of EWB Australia - and this is truly embodied by our awesome volunteers!
Mr Peter Baynard-Smith, CEO EWB to deliver first Roderick Distinguished Lecture of 2017

On Thursday 11 May 2017, University of Sydney will host the first Roderick Distinguished Lecture for 2017, with speaker Mr Peter Baynard-Smith, CEO of Engineers without Borders presenting on 'Seven Dimensions of Humanitarian Engineering', and providing an insight into the opportunities for becoming involved with engineering for social impact.
EWB Connect - a New Hub for Pro Bono!

We are excited to announce the launch of EWBConnect.org - the one stop hub where community organisations and engineering/technically specialised organisations can access pro-bono opportunities.
Leading the Brown Revolution

There is much more to the humble poo than you might think! It is actually a great way to produce clean affordable biogas that can be used for cooking and lighting, especially in rural and developing regions where the use of solid fuels such as wood and charcoal produces harmful smoke and degrades the environment.
Releasing 'Towards 2020' EWB Australia's 2015-16 Annual Report

EWB Australia is proud to launch its 2015-16 Annual Report, ‘Towards 2020,’ celebrating and reporting the impact of our organisation over the last financial year.
Inspiring the future of Indigenous Engineers

EWB recently supported the Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School
Supporting Women in STEM in Broome

Last year in December, EWB WA volunteer Caitlin Toogood was the key note speaker at Broome Senior High School’s STEM talks.
Engineers without Borders Australia wins a second Google Impact Challenge

Engineers Without Borders Australia has won a grant provided by innovationXchange as part of the 2016 Google Impact Challenge, for a proposal to develop micro water businesses to improve community health and livelihoods in Timor-Leste.
 

 

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EWB Australia welcome the Top End to our nationwide league of chapters.

“After working in developing countries for some time, I came to the Northern Territory to work as a water engineer. I discovered that in some aspects this region has many similarities with some of the places I’ve worked. I realised that the local knowledge of professionals, working hands-on in the field, analysing data but also living and understanding the unique circumstances that we have in the NT, could be used to a much greater extent,” says Isabel Caballero, President of the newly founded Northern Territory chapter “These professionals, working together with Aboriginal elders, other NGO’s and government agencies, can make a valuable contribution to the development of strategies to improve water safety, environmental protection and advances in the various field of engineering in the NT.”

Isabel is an oceanographer with wide experience across the Australasia region, and a long-term commitment to sustainability issues related to water and environment. For the last 3 years she has been based in Darwin where she works as a consultant water engineer while also collaborating with international universities on research projects. Early in 2018, with the support of Professor Adriana Stibral, of Charles Darwin University, Isabel joined forced with Kip McCauley-Wassell and Susi Bertei, former Engineering Professor at Charles Darwin University (CDU) to found the newest EWB chapter. Kip McCauley-Wassell is now Vice President of the NT chapter, and by day works as a Site Engineer with Territoria Civil, on the INPEX project at Bladin Point. He developed a passion for humanitarian engineering and EWB during our school outreach programs, water quality forums and whilst attending an EWB Design Summit in Nepal. “I believe that EWB can be an enormous force for good if the right people are involved, and work towards a common goal. With no pre-existing presence in the NT, and many marginalised social groups, EWB NT can have boundless positive impacts” he says. 

With an industrial and teaching background, Susi Bertei is a chemical engineer who has served as an EWB Design Summit Academic Mentor and now coordinates the EWB Challenge at Charles Darwin University. She will act as the Charles Darwin University liaison, and feels driven to provide opportunities for students of Humanitarian Engineering. “Through my involvement with the EWB Challenge and EWB Design Summit I have seen many first year students across university become passionate about Humanitarian projects. But after that first year it was a case of where to? My motivation for the establishment of the EWB NT Chapter is to enable a pathway and support for students interested in further exploring Humanitarian Engineering”.

The committee reflects the academic and professional mix that EWB NT aims to attract and support, with the remainder of the committee - Nadia Craven, Ririn Vogler, Shannon Kieran, and Eren Fraser – also representative of students, graduates and mid-career professionals.
The NT Chapter has already grown to over 20 members. “Due not only to geographical but also historical reasons, Northern Australia is closely related to South East Asia,” explains Isabel “Darwin is greatly influenced by its neighbours, and there are many working professionals and students from these countries that develop their skills in the NT. For this reason one of our aims as the NT Chapter is to set up collaborations and projects in various countries within the Asia-Pacific region. I hope that the NT Chapter of EWB will be a platform through which engineers and scientists from different fields unite to share knowledge and support healthy engineering advancements for this region.”

We agree!

EWB staff members. Photo: Clarence Tang, 2012