Who are we?

Maybe this is the first time you've heard of us... or perhaps you know a bit about the projects that we've worked on... or possibly, you've been lucky enough to have participated in a workshop presented by us! 


Engineers Without Borders also known as EWB, is an international not-for-profit organisation, established in 65 different countries. EWB Australia started in 2003 and has now grown into a global movement, guided by a vision where everyone has access to the engineering knowledge and resources required to lead a life of opportunity, free from poverty. We aim to connect, educate and empower people through humanitarian engineering, envisioning a world where technology benefits all.

What is humanitarian engineering?

It is the application of engineering for humanitarian aid. Importantly, it uses a people-centred approach to combine multiple engineering disciplines to improve community health, wellbeing and opportunity. As engineers, it is important that we create solutions that can properly serve the people and communities that they are designed for in an appropriate and sustainable way. The engineering professionals of EWB Australia operate nationally and internationally, running projects on clean water, sanitation and hygiene, inclusive design, clean energy and more to facilitate meaningful and lasting change through partnerships and community engagement. 

As engineering students, our EWB UNSW university chapter aims to raise awareness for EWB's mission by redefining engineering in the humanitarian context and inspiring the next generation of engineering-led changemakers. Our flagship youth outreach program focuses on delivering workshops to primary and high school students, where we introduce fundamental engineering principles through running hands-on design challenges. Our different humanitarian engineering modules are designed to showcase the various different opportunities in STEM and an exciting future that embraces human-centred engineering. 

Additionally, EWB UNSW also run a variety of social and technical events. From our inter-university Humanitarian Engineering Conference to fun trivia nights - our events create opportunities that encourage the sharing of ideas amongst a community of people who are passionate and interested in the humanitarian engineering space. 

If you're interested in getting involved with EWB, look out for future events and workshops. We will be collaborating with the GIE Club for an upcoming workshop towards the end of summer 22/23 - so keep an eye out for that!