Imagine designing a clean drinking water system for a remote Nepalese community, or a modern road system for farmers in central Africa - all before graduating from university. Thanks to Engineers Without Borders (EWB), first-year engineering students across Australia are getting the chance to do just that, and more.
The EWB Challenge gives students the chance to design sustainable solutions for communities in need, with the winning design shared with the community. This year the challenge was the rapid urbanization of the Bambui community in Cameroon.
The students had their designs reviewed by Origin engineers who volunteered through the Foundation’s Give Time program. Edward Wyllie is a graduate engineer at Origin and was eager to give guidance and professional feedback to first-year students. “It was interesting to see how they approach problems and breakdown the solutions. I know if I had the opportunity to receive real-world feedback on an assignment at university, it would have been extremely beneficial”.
Not only does the EWB Challenge help to create innovative new solutions for communities in need, it also helps the next generation of engineers discover the power of their skills.
Another Origin volunteer, Natalie Chadud has a petroleum engineering background. “The majority of the work I do relates to oil and gas. It was surprising to me that my general engineering knowledge and life experience could be applied to different areas of engineering,” she said.
Origin Foundation’s Give Time program gives employees access to paid volunteer so they can lend their time and skills to help our charity partners.