March 15, 2011

The LSU student chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) was recently awarded the 2011 EWB-USA International Conference Chapter Scholarship. The LSU chapter was one of five student chapters to earn the $250 scholarship in the region, which includes Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

EWB-LSU members will use the scholarship to cover travel costs associated with attending the EWB-USA International Conference. The conference will be held March 24-26 in Louisville, Kentucky. Members will learn leadership and project development skills from professional EWB organizations and established student chapters. They will also have the opportunity to network with engineers from around the world. 

EWB-LSU president, Duyen Nguyen, and vice president, Jarrett Wilson, are excited about the scholarship and the upcoming international conference, which they view as a launching pad for success. They attended a regional EWB workshop in November and are thrilled about another opportunity to network and learn from fellow chapters.

“The conference is really helpful for our chapter because there will be people from all over the nation and even people from all over the world there,” said Nguyen, junior, chemical engineering and native of New Orleans, Louisiana. “Getting to know other chapters and learning from more established ones will really help improve our chapter.” 

The driving force behind EWB-LSU is simple: students’ desire to help others in need. EWB is a non-profit service organization designed to provide technical assistance and equipment to local and international communities. At LSU, members of the organization commit to collaborating with local and global communities to improve their quality of life.

“It’s a way that we can actually apply what we know and what we’re doing in school,” said Wilson, junior, mechanical engineering and native of Dallas, Texas. “It has meaning behind it. You feel a sense of satisfaction at the end of the day.”

The organization has partnered with the LSU Playground Project, which provides local schools with playgrounds, and also plans to collaborate with Mississippi State’s EWB student chapter on a variety of international projects.

 “This organization shows that students at LSU care about giving back to the community and giving back to the world,” said Wilson. “When you know that you’re giving back, it makes you feel good. You know that potentially you could be saving lives.”

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Article by Aariel Charbonnet, College of Engineering Public Relations Graduate Assistant



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