Upcoming Events

     Get ready for Engineers Without Borders’ Day of the Dead 5k Run on November 1, 2014! 

Sponsored and held at Meramec Vineyards in St. James, profits from the 5K run will go to Engineers

Without Borders (EWB) Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T) Student Chapter.

EWB MS&T works to bring clean water to four communities (located in Guatemala, Honduras, and

Bolivia). The Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and throughout Latin America. Since

EWB MS&T is focused on helping developing communities in Central America, this holiday seemed to

be a perfect day to hold the run. Participants can run/jog/walk the 5K. Both serious and casual runners are

welcome. The run will be timed by Split Second Timing. Feel free to dress up for Day of the Dead and/or


     This 5k begins at 10:00 a.m., with registration beginning at 8:15 a.m. The route from Meramec

Vineyards’ winery building “is on picturesque rolling paved two lane county roads then a gravel county

road leading to the vineyards”. After the finish line, snacks and drinks will be provided. An awards

ceremony will follow. Awards will be given to the top male and female finishers, as well as the top

finishers in each age group.

     There are three ways to register: online, with mail-in registration, or in-person on November 1.

Online registration can completed at http://engineerswithoutbordersdayofthedead5krun.itsyourrace.com/

event.aspx?id=4698 or http://split-secondtiming.com/upcoming-events . The mail-in form can be picked

up at Meramec Vineyards, by emailing Evan Haley at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or online at Engineers Without

Borders’ website http://www.ewb-mst.org/. The entry fee is $25 before November 1 and $30 on

November 1.

     Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Missouri University of Science and Technology (MS&T)

“partners with developing communities to improve their quality of life through the implementation

of environmentally, equitable, and economically sustainable engineering projects while developing

internationally responsible engineers and engineering students.” The chapter currently is working on

projects in four communities: 1) Nahualate, Guatemala, 2) Santiago, Honduras, 3) Los Eucaliptos,

Bolivia, and 4) Tacachia, Bolivia.

     EWB MS&T’s Nahualate, Guatemala program has overseen construction of a well, elevated

storage tank, and initial stages of a water distribution system. The remaining phases of the overall project

are installing electricity, the well pump and the chlorination system, finishing the distribution system

pipelines, and adding the valves in several places in the system. The Santiago, Honduras program has

overseen construction of a new well/well-house, chlorination system, various new pipelines, a small

storage tank, and two water collection systems. EWB MS&T has also conducted several leak studies,

helping the community to identify and fix leaks. Next summer, the Honduras program will implement the

plan for Santiago (developed over the 2014-2015 school year); this plan will likely include a new tank

and distribution lines. The Los Eucaliptos Program has added various distribution pipelines, gabions, and

a tank. The Tacachia, Bolivia program has installed/constructed pumps, various tanks, slow-sand water

filters, and distribution lines. Next summer, the program will make adjustments to current system and add

a new distribution pipeline from a new water source to the community.

     Engineers Without Borders MS&T looks forward to continuing efforts to improve people’s

access to clean water and standard of living. Without funds raised through events like the Day of the

Dead 5K Run, these efforts in partner communities would not be possible. Engineers Without Borders

MS&T appreciates all participants and sponsors of this event, with a special thanks going to the event

host/sponsor, Meramec Vineyards. Thanks also go to the St. James and Rolla communities for helping to

promote the event and the chapter’s mission. Register Here!

alex ennis and brooklyn collins assessing the pros and cons of a spring near tacachia

      The people of Tacachia, Bolivia are just a few  steps away from having clean water in their homes.  This summer, EWB-S&T traveled to the community  to make a few final observations and measurements  and get community input on which water source  would best suit them. Using this information, EWB-  S&T this semester. This is an ambitious timeframe,  but after six years of visiting Tacachia, everyone  involved plans to choose a spring and design a  pipeline for Tacachia so that they can have water by  the end of wants to see the idea of potable point-of-  use water come to fruition. Working towards this goal,  here’s a summary of what we did this summer:

 - We assessed the pros and cons of each spring location

 - We surveyed from the distribution tanks to the springs to determine how much material

 - We cleaned, tested, troubleshot, and photo-documented the ram pumps to update our

 - We performed some maintenance on the distribution line, and identified places that needed

 - We surveyed the community members to determine their understanding of bio-sand filters

 - Masters in Public Health students from MU did a preliminary health assessment of the

     With all of this being accomplished, we have much work to do this semester to meet our goal of getting potable water to Tacachia by the end of the semester. The Tacachia team is  determined to work as hard as we can do make this dream a reality.


Engineers Without Borders-S&T has started off the Spring semester rolling. Our Honduras team completed a successful implantation trip in January and came back great insight into the community’s want and needs. Big thank you to Rolla Rotary for their continued support of EWB-S&T, shown below is Mark Potrafka, Rotary Holiday Celebration Committee Member. I am happy to announce that all our vacant executive positions have officially been filled! Congratulations to Brandon Bringer, PMEL Lead; Skyler Jesse, Training and Equipment manager; and Heather Castelli, Programming Chair. This month we welcome Jake Midkiff as our program speaker. Jake was the very first program leader at EWB-S&T and just returned from his 3 years in the Peace Corps. We are very proud to call him one of our alumni and are happy to welcome him back to our EWB family. The EWB 5K is this weekend, March 1st in St. Louis! Lookout for more updates about fundraising events, BBQs, and construction and first aid trainings. If you ever have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me! Thank you! 

Cat Pherigo -EWB President

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The Honduras team of EWB-S&T travelled to Santiago over the 2014 winter break. Five students and two mentors visited Honduras from January 13th to 18th. In August 2013, the team installed a chlorination system on one of the three wells in the community. In January, a similar system was installed on a second well. This system was installed primarily by the system operators, supervised by the EWB team. Samples were taken from several houses in the community to test for chlorine and bacteria levels. Analysis of these tests found sufficient chlorine amounts and decreased bacteria levels throughout the community. A third chlorination system will be installed by the community members in the near future. Installation of the third system will provide chlorinated water to the majority of the community. In addition to the installations, water meter data was gathered to help the team estimate the demand of a typical household. Also, a meeting was held between the community leaders and EWB-S&T to clarify the ultimate goal of the Santiago, Honduras project. 


 Engineers Without Borders-S&T has really taken strides this year to improve our organization. After attending the Midwest Regional Conference at the University of Kansas, our members have discussed new possibilities. These include adding 2 new appointed offices (PMEL lead & Office Manager), instituting a new member program, and making a public Chapter Handbook for our members. As our projects are gaining speed, fundraising is becoming ever so important! Check out our events below including the 5K, trip raffle, and especially our End of the Year Campaign. Make sure to check out our chapter fundraising page and make your own! EWB students exemplify quality leaders and engineers. Gavin Donahue was one of these leaders that was dedicated to EWB and the community in Guatemala in which he worked. The Donohue Family established the Gavin Donahue Scholarship to honor Gavin’s memory and to honor those EWB students that exhibit Gavin’s love of Engineers Without Borders and concern for the communities in which EWB-S&T serves. To nominate someone you think is a worthy candidate for this scholarship, email me by November 30th.Thank you for taking the time to read our chapter updates! If you ever have any questions about our organization let me know! Thank you!

Cat Pherigo - EWB President


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November Newsletter (PDF)


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Missouri S&T students discuss their EWB experiences helping bring clean water to the village of Tacachia.


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