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Student guest post: Getting involved with Engineers Without Borders

Master of Engineering (Civil) student Alexandra Weisenberger joined Engineers Without Borders during her Bachelor of Science Degree. In her guest post, Alexandra shares what it’s like to be involved in an organisation that is using engineering to make the world a better place. 

A great thing about being part of the University of Melbourne is the extra-curricular opportunities that are available to us. At the end of my Bachelor of Science at UoM, I began to get involved with Engineers Without Borders. For those of you who don’t know, Engineers Without Borders is a not-for-profit organisation that connects, educates and empowers people through humanitarian engineering. At the University of Melbourne, we are lucky enough to have our very own chapter where we have many volunteering programs such as High School Outreach and Maths Without Limits, as well as weekly meetings on campus and some social events.

EWB Victoria Region with Andrew (front row right) and I (front row second from right) representing UoM at National Council, Springbrook, Qld

EWB Victoria Region with Andrew (front row right) and I (front row second from right) representing UoM at National Council, Springbrook, Qld

Being part of EWB meant that over the university break I was lucky enough to travel up to not-so-sunny Queensland and participate in National Council. National Council is EWB’s Annual cornerstone member event and focuses on building the abilities of their members and staff. The weekend away was very much a celebration of everything EWB has achieved in the past few years and an opportunity to plan for the next 10 years, with discussions on what should be prioritised within our chapter!

Two winning designs from our HSO construction workshop we ran during our chapter meeting at the University of Melbourne.

Two winning designs from our HSO construction workshop we ran during our chapter meeting at the University of Melbourne.

During National Council I participated in the Pathways to Humanitarian Engineering workshop, where we learned about the skills required, pathways and barriers that we may face in pursuing a career in humanitarian engineering. We plan to run a mini version of this workshop with our chapter at the University of Melbourne in the upcoming weeks. Overall, it was an amazing experience where I made connections all around Australia and got to understand more about how EWB works on a national level.

Back on campus, the first week of semester two has finished and EWBUnimelb is back in action. We had a great first meeting where we ran a High School Outreach workshop for new members and old. They were challenged to build a floating barge with minimal resources. There was a healthy level of competition and the workshop meant that members were able to gain a greater understanding of the humanitarian engineering, appropriate technology and issues that developing countries face in terms of shelter.

Engineers Without Borders at The University of Melbourne holds weekly meetings on Tuesday from 1pm-2pm in Old Metallurgy 103 (Room 1). Please come join us to learn more about what we do and how to volunteer! We are always excited to welcome new members to the group! Visit our website for more information.

To find out more about volunteering opportunities at the University of Melbourne visit the Student Union’s website. 

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