Our Team. 

EWB-USA collaborates with community partners to design and build sustainable engineering projects. Our projects are implemented through a community-driven model based on full partnership with host communities. EWB-USA chapters make a minimum five-year commitment to work with the community, including continual monitoring and an evaluation at least one year after completing the project.


EWB-USA has greatly invested in building a legacy that matters here at home, too: the creation of the global engineer. Our education initiatives lay the foundation for all EWB-USA programs. From the classroom to the field, they offer our members transformative experiences that enrich global perspectives and create responsible leaders.

President & Tanzania Project Manager

Terrisa Duenas


Philip Maldonado

Communications Director & Ecuador Project Manager

David Navar

Vice President

Bryan Went


Our History.

EWB-USA supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders. Our 14,700 members work with communities to find appropriate solutions for water supply, sanitation, energy, agriculture, civil works, structures and information systems. From the initial blueprint to the boots-on-the-ground work, EWB-USA members have impacted more than 2.5 million lives.


The Santa Barbara Ventura Professional Chapter is a sub-organization to EWB-USA.  Our Chapter has four elected officers and hosts monthly Chapter meetings that are open to the public.  We currently are monitoring our completed Tanzania project, have an ongoing water project in Ecuador, and welcome all professionals (not just engineers!) to join us and get involved in these incredible project. 


Engineers Without Borders-USA

EWB-USA founder Dr. Bernard Amadei visits with children in an EWB-USA partner community in East Africa.

Shortly after his first visit, Dr. Amadei returned to San Pablo with eight University of Colorado - Boulder engineering students and another civil engineering expert. In partnership with the community, the team installed a clean water system powered by a local waterfall. This simple, sustainable and low-cost solution was the first EWB-USA project.

Dr. Amadei decided to harness the power of professional and student engineers to complete similar low-tech, high-impact projects in other developing countries by officially founding Engineers Without Borders USA in 2002. The students at the University of Colorado - Boulder became the first EWB-USA student chapter following the San Pablo, Belize project. This chapter expanded to 96 students working on three projects by the end of 2002. These students gained soft skills not typically acquired in the engineering curricula.

This model of engineering students partnering with developing communities resonated in the engineering and university communities and EWB-USA chapters began expanding across the United States.

Since its incorporation in 2002, EWB-USA has grown from a handful of passionate individuals to an organization of more than 14,700 members. Through programs similar to our founding program in Belize, EWB-USA members have impacted more than 2.5 million lives around the world.


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