The UT Chapter of Engineers Without Borders has been honored as the Premier Student Chapter for the Great Lakes Region.
The award, which was presented in November at the regional conference in Cincinnati, goes to the chapter that meets the ideals of a successful chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA, which is a nonprofit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide to improve their quality of life.
The UT chapter was recognized for excelling in organizational structure, fundraising through grant writing and public relations efforts, positive mentoring relationships, and outstanding chapter and regional participation.
This was the first time the UT chapter has been awarded Premier Student Chapter for the region and the first time that a member was present at the regional conference.
“Overall, it was a great conference to show how involved our chapter is and how we’ve been able to grow over the past year as we restructured our e-board and applied for a second international project. We are extremely proud of this chapter,” said Katie Burns, a civil engineering major and corporate sponsorship chairperson of the chapter.
The chapter is continuing work on its bridge project in Los Sanchez, Honduras. During the rainy season, the Rio Buscagua separates the village from the nearby town that offers health care, education, supplies and job opportunities. The UT chapter is in the design phase of the bridge project to keep the village and towns connected, with plans to travel this spring to begin implementation.