Engineers Without Borders (Ireland)
Engineers Without Borders Ireland is an international development organisation for students and professionals from Ireland who share a common interest in sustainable development through engineering and appropriate technologies.
The organisation was initially founded in 2007, and partook in a 2 week project in the Sonairte: The National Ecology Centre in Co. Meath, Ireland. After a lull in activities, a small group of engineers began discussions on reviving EWB-Ireland in 2009. These discussions led to the formation of EWB-Ireland's first ever national committee in January 2010. The committee is a small group of committed engineers from numerous disciplines, located throughout the country.
The aims of EWB-Ireland are as follows:
- Promote awareness of issues surrounding sustainable development and the role technology can play in reducing poverty and creating sustainable communities.
- Assist communities in developing countries through engineering.
- Facilitate research into engineering solutions for sustainable development.
- Provide a resource of knowledge and experience for sustainable engineering.
- Inspire the next generation of development professionals.
- Assist in the creation and development of branches throughout the country.
- Create a network between academia, industry, NGOs and engineering institutions.
- Organise training workshops and discussion evenings which focus on sustainable development and disaster relief.
- Create a web resource for people interested in engineering for sustainable development.
- Work with universities to create development based research projects at undergraduate and postgraduate level.