Socios en Progreso

Rensselaer and Sandubidi, Panama

“The mission of EWB is to support community-driven development programs worldwide through the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while fostering responsible leadership.”


  • Dine to Donate at Recovery Room on October 25th

    EWB-RPI is teaming up with the Recovery Room to support our open international projects in Nicaragua and Panama. Come to the Recovery Room located at 235 Hoosick St, Troy NY on October 25th.
    Show your server the coupon below in order to have 15% of your bill support EWB-RPI!!!


  • Grafton Lake Trip

    On Saturday October 24th, Members of EWB-RPI took a trip to Grafton Lake! Pictures from the trip can be seen below!


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  • Alumni Newsletter Summer 2016!

    Below is the Alumni Newsletter from this past summer. Past newsletters can be found here.


  • EWB-RPI Brings in the New Semester

    On August 28th, EWB-RPI hosted an NRB event to introduce new members to our project! The event included an interactive activity that guided prospective members through a mock project. After a successful activities fair, we held a GBM introducing the new members to our current projects. Photos from the NRB bootcamp and our first GMB and project meeting are below!

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  • EWB-RPI is adding a new project!!!

    We are happy to announce that the EWB RPI chapter has been approved for a sanitation project in Sasle, Nicaragua! We are looking forward to work with our next community. In addition,we will begin planning our first assessment trip this fall! Big thanks to our members, mentors, donors, and EWB national to make this all possible! We will be updating our progress in our project page!

  • WeR Gold is Here!

    WeR Gold is here! Engineers Without Borders RPI is participating in the WeR Gold Alumni fundraiser.Visit the EWB-RPI project page here.
     With your help we can purchase supplies for our local project. More information about the local project can he found here.

    “Engineers Without Borders is always trying to leave an impact around the world. Club members gain valuable experience and learn the steps required to develop tangible projects. I especially love this project because we are taking a step back from our ‘typical’ project type and working to support the community that all RPI students and alumni have called home.” — Brenna Buckley ’18, Aeronautical Engineering

  • Kingston Fundraiser 2016-Thank You!

    Thank you for such a wonderful evening and thank you to those who donated to our cause. We would like to thank the Kingston YMCA, the Rensselaer Union, Paul Pagnozzi, and those who came as well as our sponsors for their significant contributions. You can find their names on our sponsors page.  The pictures below were taken at the Gala.


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  • Kingston Fundraiser

    Engineers without Borders Second Annual Gala Fundraiser!

    Join us for an evening of free food, raffles, and fun while we discuss out current project in Panama and the future plans for our chapter.Donations are encouraged!

    When: April 2nd, 2016 from 5pm-9pm

    Where:YMCA of Kingston & Ulster County Main Gym (507 BROADWAY KINGSTON NY 12401)



  • EWB-RPI goes to the Connecticut State Conference

    On February 27th, EWB-RPI went to the Connecticut State Conference at the University of Connecticut.Tom Rebecchi and Allison Luongo gave a presentation about the difficulties and triumphs our chapter has gone through. We had had the opportunity to share our experiences with other chapters and learned a lot of information about networking, social science and closing out projects.

    We would like to thank to EWB-UConn for hosting the Connecticut State Conference!






  • EWB-RPI featured in The Poly!

    “In 2010, the Rensselaer Engineers Without Borders chapter was formed and applied for its first project: creating a water treatment system for a community in Panama on Isla Popa II. Since then, the club has selected key members each year to travel over Winter Break to the community. The first three trips involved assessing the community’s situation, and concluding the most important needs. After drafting designs, filling out pages of paper work, and conducting chlorine tests, RPI’s EWB was ready to begin implementing their plans to build a rainwater catchment system. In last year’s implementation trip, they were successful in working in tandem with the community to build such a system. The water collected, however, was not treated. The latest Winter Break’s trip was meant for the creation and implementation of a chlorination system tank to be added to the existing structure…”

    Read the rest here.

  • 2016 Implementation Trip

    This past winter break five EWB-RPI members traveled to Panama to finish implementing a water treatment system on Isla Popa II. Upon arrival, we found the previously built rainwater catchment system in disrepair, an unexpected hurdle. With the limited amount of days we had to work, we repaired the system, installed a chlorination treatment system, and educated the community on how to use the new system and about the importance of water treatment. With the coming year, we hope to wrap up this six-year project successfully with one last trip to Isla Popa II.


  • Thank You!

    Thank you for such a wonderful evening and thank you to those who donated to our cause. Your contributions have greatly supported Samdubidi, and will help us with our upcoming implementation. In addition, we would like to thank the Rensselaer Bookstore, as well as our Rensselaer Red and Bronze sponsors for their significant contributions. You can find their names on our sponsors page.

  • The Polytechnic Press Release

    This winter break, eight members of Rensselaer’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders traveled to the remote island community of Isla Popa II on the Gulf coast of Panama to construct a sustainable source of clean drinking water. Without access to a reliable source of drinking water, the community’s 350 inhabitants use water collected from unsanitary rainwater collection systems for their daily needs. This water is contaminated with bacteria and is suspected to be responsible for various health problems within the community. While on the trip, Engineers Without Borders, also known as EWB, built a large-scale rainwater collection system in addition to constructing bio-sand filters to purify the collected water. This increased the community’s rainwater collection capacity and provided a treatment method to purify the water.

    Read the full article here.

  • Join us for Dinner!

    We are excited to be hosting a Gala to share the story of our successful implementation trip this past January. Save the date!

    March 7th, 2015 6pm-9pm
    YMCA of Kingston & Ulster County

    Please visit Paul’s Blog to hear his accounts of the trip.

  • Making a Difference in a Global Community

  • WeR Here!

    WeR Gold is here! Engineers Without Borders RPI is participating in the WeR Gold Alumni fundraiser.

    “The RPI Chapter of Engineers Without Borders is working diligently as we collaborate with the community of Sandubidi, Panama to engineer a sustainable solution to improve their water supply and quality. Our project will allow their community to meet their basic human needs of access to clean water and give them more opportunities to develop and prosper.” — Jesse Freitas ’16

    With your contributions, we can begin traveling to Panama to begin implementation.