Campus: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- April 13, 2005
Cal Poly Engineers Without Borders Make a World of
Difference in Thailand
A pair of Cal Poly environmental engineering students traveled to Thailand
last month to collect water samples at a mountain village where residents are
concerned about the possibility water-borne illnesses, especially during the
Working as volunteers for Cal Poly's chapter of Engineers Without Borders, Eileen
Mick and Michael Borger collected water samples from the village of Mae Nam Khun,
and ran a variety of tests on site to characterize the drinking water quality.
They also checked out the community's water source and distribution system, looking
for potential sources for contamination to the community's drinking water supply,
such as upstream agriculture, villages, or industrial practices.
The Cal Poly project is part of a larger EWB effort in Thailand. The Cal Poly
students joined two other EWB chapters during their construction phase. Students
and professionals from Seattle University came together to build primary school
dormitories, while the UC Santa Barbara team built the adjoining septic system.
New this year at Cal Poly, EWB is a national organization established in 2000 to
design and build projects that bring sustainable, long-term benefits to impoverished
communities around the globe. The Cal Poly club has 64 members who are also involved
in monitoring water quality in Morro Bay and examining water run-off on campus.
"What I've found is that EWB offers a great opportunity for personal growth and
leadership experience," said Mick. "It is a way to make a difference now while
we're still in school."
For more information, see www.ewb.calpoly.edu.
Contact: Amy Hewes, College of Engineering, (805) 756-6402,