Monday, February 27, 2017

Community Night 2017

Community Night is a huge part of Engineers Week. Our whole college comes together to present activities to their friends, family and the whole community. There's something for everyone.

This year we had drones of all sizes, small remote controlled robots, and a soldering station. Children and adults could enjoy a zorba (a human hamster ball!), making paper airplanes, and competing in small scale derby car races (think hot wheels tracks).

For those who wanted to get crafty, there were stations to build towers, catapults, and coloring areas.

One of the most intriguing booths was the transgenic baby goats. These goats are genetically modified to produce spider silk protein in their milk. You can read more about them here:

Plus, EWB-USU's booth had members from our Mexico and our Peru team to answer questions about our past and current projects and help others get involved. In addition to a large scale alpaca shelter, there was a mini one on display. We also had a sample water filter and posters explaining our projects, designs, and research.
Large scale alpaca shelter

EWB-USU's booth

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

Our new domestic team!

Engineers Without Borders at Utah State University (EWB-USU) has long helped villagers in Mexico and Peru, but a new domestic team is start...