Sunday, February 19, 2017

Engineers Week 2017

The week of Presidents' Day is also Engineers Week (E-Week)! E-Week was started by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, and purposely falls in conjunction with the birthday of George Washington, who is considered by many to be our first engineer. This week we focus on the diversity of our college, and getting others involved and interested in engineering. 

We appreciate all of our staff, faculty, and students. Now is the perfect time to learn more about engineering. Below is a list of events the USU College of Engineering is hosting this week, most of which are open to any one to attend. If you want more information on any specific event please go to

Engineers Week 2017 Schedule:

Tuesday Feb. 21

7:30 am - Breakfast by the Dean - ENGR 3rd floor
3:00-4:00 pm - Google Tech Talk with Jeremy Pack - ENGR 106
5:30-7:30 pm - Evening with Industry (SWE) Riverwoods Conference Center

Wednesday Feb. 22

2:30-3:30 pm - Calculator Quick Draw (SWE) - ENGR 3rd floor
3:45 - 5:30 pm - Beta Bowl - (Tau Beta Pi) ENGR 3rd Floor
6:30-8:00 pm - Awards Dinner - TSC Ballroom

Thursday Feb. 23
11:30 am - Lunch by the Dean - ENGR 3rd floor
2:30-4:00 pm - Spaceteam IEEE Competition ENGR 104

6:00-8:30 pm- Community Night! TSC 2nd floors6:30-7:30 pm - Miss Engineering Pageant - TSC West Ballroom

Friday Feb. 247:00-8:00 pm - Cardboard Boat Races- HPER large (west) pool

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Friday, February 17, 2017

6 Ways to Become Environmentally Friendly at Home

Next week Engineers Week at USU. Here are some easy engineering projects you can do at home to save money and natural resources!

  1. One of the easiest ways to reduce waste is to start a compost bin! Fill it with your fruit and vegetable scraps, leftover coffee grinds, eggshells AND more, and spread it on your garden or indoor house plants for healthy soil. For a complete list of things you can compost check out this site:
  2. To keep warmer in the winter and cool in the summer, especially if you have an older home, line your windows with bubble wrap.
  3. To save on money and water for your lawn, collect rainfall in a screened container. The screen will prevent mosquito larvae from growing.
  4. If you do end up with an abundance of mosquitos, you can make your own mosquito traps using brown sugar and a plastic bottle. Here’s the full instructions:
  5. Waterproof your fabrics using tin cloth. Learn how.
  6. Unclog drains without using harsh chemicals! This recipe calls for baking soda and vinegar!

Check out our Community Night on February 23rd to see what cool projects our engineers made and learn more tricks. For more info go to

Friday, February 10, 2017

New to EWB? Here's what we do!

EWB 2016 Team

Who is EWB-USU?

Engineers Without Borders Utah State University (EWB-USU) gives students real world experiences and the ability to implement their own engineering projects, all while helping out those in impoverished communities. Students learn how to work as a team, test their engineering knowledge, and solve humanitarian problems.

What do we do?
EWB with Peruvian Farmers
From building alpaca shelters in Peru to providing Mexican villagers with clean water, EWB-USU is dedicated to solving humanitarian problems. In La Salitrera, a small farming village in Mexico, access to clean water has been an issue for the community. EWB-USU has been working with the villagers since 2009 to give them a way to filter the contaminated water. La Union is a small agricultural village in Peru and every year when the temperature drops, many of their alpacas and sheep die from the cold. Starting in 2013, EWB-USU has worked with the farmers to design and build shelters for the animals in order to combat that problem.

But EWB-USU is not limited to helping communities worldwide. EWB-USU participates in many local outreach activities, including Science Unwrapped, a series of events the College of Science hosts -that combine lecture and quick scientific activities designed for children. The goal is to get children excited about science and engineering.

How can you help?
You don’t have to be an engineer to help out. The club is entirely made up of volunteers and EWB-USU encourages people from all backgrounds to bring their skills to help others.

Because we are an all volunteer club, we rely heavily on donations. Donations are used to purchase materials needed to implement projects and may be used to cover travel costs of our student volunteers. Donations can be made online or by mail, or (perhaps the most fun way) through our annual 5k Run! Our next 5k will be April 22, 2017.

2016 5k runners
If you are interested in volunteering, donating or just want to learn more about EWB-USU please see our webpage or contact our chapter advisor, Laurie McNeill at

Friday, February 3, 2017

Meet Outreach Coordinator Amanda Stoudt

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) at USU is full of a diverse group of people, one of which is Outreach Coordinator Amanda Stoudt. In October of 2015, Amanda was able to juggle track and cross country meetings with EWB-USU meetings. A great number of her friends were on the Mexico team, and her desire to join was growing stronger with each conversation. Once her track meetings and EWB-USU meetings stopped coinciding, she went once and was hooked.

Amanda (middle) at Science Unwrapped.
One of the things she loves the most is community service -which is one of EWB-USU’s biggest aspects. Amanda started going to Science Unwrapped, an event the College of Science puts on once a month, because in order to travel, she had to have four hours of community outreach. By combining her involvement with Science Unwrapped and her love of community service, Amanda jumped at the opportunity to become the Outreach Coordinator once the EWB board position became available.  

 Amanda was able to travel to Mexico summer 2016. The EWB-USU Mexico team focuses on providing water to small villages. On her trip, she evaluated the area for the possibility of building a large water tank or hooking up small Coca-Cola tanks to one distribution line.
Amanda (left) holds a wire fence to be cut in Mexico.
Mexico was life changing for Amanda. She encountered a number of people who didn’t have a bathroom or a conventional shower. “They go their whole life without a bathroom. They just take bucket showers all the time, and it’s just like, “wow,” we have so much here to be thankful for and we don’t even really think about how other people live,”Amanda said. She loves being able to share her ability to give others access to clean water.
Amanda (third from the left) with her Mexico team.
If you are interested in getting involved or just want to learn more about what EWB-USU does please visit our website at

Saturday, October 8, 2016

10 Ways You Can Conserve Water

Have you ever wondered what you can do to make a difference? Many people in the world don’t have enough water for daily living. For example, many communities we assist in Mexico and Peru only get water at their taps two or three times per week, and then only for a few hours.

Utah is the second driest state in the United States, so although we’re not as water stressed as other parts of the world, it’s important we do our part to minimize water waste. When it comes to conserving water, small adjustments made at home can have a big impact. Here are ten simple ways to conserve water.


  1. Always turn taps off tightly so they do not drip. A leaky faucet can lead to gallons of wasted water.
  2. If you have an electric dishwasher, use it only to wash full loads, and use the shortest cycle possible. Many dishwashers have a conserver/water-miser cycle.
  3. Use either low-flow shower heads or adjustable flow-reducer devices on your shower heads. They can reduce flow by at least 25 percent!
  4. Use native plants or plants that require little water to thrive in your region to minimize watering.
  5. Regularly inspect the sprinkler heads to make sure they are not damaged or malfunctioning.
  6. Water your yard in the morning to prevent water loss due to evaporation.  Avoid watering when it’s windy.
  7. Wash vehicles at a carwash that recycles its water. If washing at home, make sure the hose has a shutoff valve.
  8. Hand-washing a lot of dishes? Fill up your sink with water, instead of letting it run the whole time you’re scrubbing.
  9. Choose efficient fixtures for your home. Aerating your faucets, investing in a low-flow toilet, choosing efficient shower heads, and opting for a Water-Sense rated dishwasher and washing machine can add up to big water savings.
  10. Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the fridge. That way, you won’t have to leave the tap running to get a cool, refreshing drink of water!


Now that you know what differences you can do at home, go to to learn more about what the Engineers Without Borders-Utah State University student chapter is doing to make a difference throughout the world.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

​International work, changing local lives.

In the two years that Dane Denison has worked with Utah State University’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), he’s coordinated several outreach programs, fundraisers, and redesigned a 20,000 liter tank into a 30,000 liter tank for impoverished communities. This kind of world-changing work is what keeps the chapter vice president motivated.

EWB is an international organization that provides engineers the opportunity to reach out to different communities to improve their living circumstances. There are more than 200 university chapters in the United States, and Utah State University is one of them.

Dane Denison is the Vice President of the USU student chapter of EWB, and has been involved in the program for two years.

“EWB provides real experience and lets me serve others by using what I've learned in school.” Denison said.

Members of this student chapter use skills they’ve acquired in their degrees that enable them to work with communities in Peru and Mexico.
“I've got a great team this year to help me with the project,” he said.   

Denison and his team will be working closely with communities in Mexico this coming year in preparation for next summer’s trip abroad.

“I'm really looking forward toward accomplishing this project and seeing it come to life,” said Denison.

For more information about how to get involved with USU-EWB, visit

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Karl Christensen

Get to know Assistant Peru Team Lead Karl Christensen in this interview below!

What is your position with the club?

Karl: Assistant Team Lead for the Peru Team, with a focus on our help with the Water Projects in Tuni Grande, Peru.

How long have you been a member?

Karl: 5 Months

Why did you initially join EWB-USU?

Karl: I read a report on one of their past projects and found that it lined up with my focus of Hydrology in Civil Engineering. I was intrigued by the problems that they were trying to solve and realized that I could learn a lot by getting involved.  The Project leads welcomed my enthusiasm and helped me realize that I could make a difference by attending.

What has been your favorite thing so far in EWB-USU?
Karl: My favorite part of USU-EWB is the club’s ability to let students guide the research and projects that we do. EWB is given communities to look after instead of pre-determined tasks. It requires team work, networking, engineering, and  host of other skills to tackle the problems we find. By the time we work through a project, we have a better understanding of what actual engineers will have to face.

What are upcoming events are you excited for?

Karl: This summer I will be traveling with the Peru team to follow up on last year’s implementation of Alpaca shelters. I’m excited to see the impact that our past projects have had and to meet the people there. Hopefully we can ensure our past work and find new projects to work on in the coming years.

Why should somebody join?
Karl: This club has helped me meet new people and to give my studying more purpose. Any student could find a place on the EWB team if they are excited about serving others.  Being involved with EWB will not only improve your time as a student but will have a direct impact on many lives around the world.