Parent Organization: Community Service Organizations
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) UVM is one of the many student chapters of EWB-USA. We feel that everyone has the right to the fundamental necessities of life especially access to clean water and air. Our goal is to use our knowledge and creativity to
work with developing communities to get over the barriers preventing them from obtaining these basic needs.
We have two current projects in communities of Honduras, with our project partner, Dan Baker through the UVM CDAE (Community Development and Applied Economics) program.
The Oven Project concerns reengineering sugar cane ovens in Honduras as the current design is inefficient and unsafe to the population and environment due to inappropriate fuel source usage, namely with the burning of tires. We are in the process of designing
and constructing a test oven at our project site, located at the UVM biological research center, to test efficiency and emissions. We currently have a preliminary design in Autocad, as well as efficiency testing methods for the oven. Earlier this fall we built
a cement platform at the project site and have firebricks ready to construct the outer shell of the oven. We hope to conduct the testing in the spring, and possibly implement the design in Honduras for farmers to replicate.
If you would like more information or want to get involved, please attend one of our general meetings, held every first and third tuesdays of the month.