EWB-USU Donor Spotlight the Utah Chapter of the American Public Work Association

Last month, EWB-USU had the privilege to receive a generous donation from the Utah Chapter of the American Public Work Association.

EWB-USU engineering students measuring and cutting pipe with Peruvian farmers for their portable alpaca shelters.

APWA’s secretary, Angela Richey said, “Our goal is to support a charity that relates to the public works industry and public health projects, whether here or in an underdeveloped country. Some of our members have been involved with EWB in the past and they have shown some interest in helping with these projects that ‘build a better world, one project at a time.’”

EWB-USU students and locals lining up the pipes for the structure.

With APWA’s support, EWB-USU will continue to partner with communities in rural areas of Peru and Mexico to create structures to meet their basic needs to improve their quality of life. This includes creating sustainable water sources for villages, as well as building portable shelters for livestock.

EWB-USU students and locals assembling the structure.

Richey said that APWA wants engineering students to know that there are more options for a professional career than just consulting.

EWB-USU students preparing to secure the structure to the ground.

“APWA is the greatest community that serves all aspects of public works,” Richey said. “Our community is a diverse group of people with varying backgrounds consisting of engineers, designers, operators, inspectors, managers, administrators, etc. Individual’s connection to public infrastructure varies from private and public site civil development to federal major arterial highways to municipal roadways and utility pipelines.”

The portable alpaca shelter secured, and covered.

APWA supports EWB-USU’s purpose, and hopes that with their donation, students will continue to explore ways to be an engineer that makes a difference, whether it be in their local community, or throughout the world.

EWB-USU students and locals with the final product.

For more information about donations and EWB-USU, visit www.ewb.usu.edu.

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