About Us

Mission

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.

Vision

The mission of this student chapter is to partner with villages in the Ejura Sekyedumase District in Ghana, West Africa, on global health projects focused mainly on community drinking water and sanitation. Our in-country partner for this project is Self-Help International based in Waverly, Iowa. UIEWB is committed to partner with the people of Ghana through the year 2015, but we hope to continue the partnership past then.


Awards

Ghana Project

Hancher Finkbine Medallion

In 2009-2010 UIEWB President Mike Schaefer was awarded a Distinguished Student Leader Certificate by the Hancher-Finkbine Medallion Committee to recognize meritorious qualities in leadership, learning and loyalty.

Diversity Catalyst Award - 2010

The student of Engineers Without Borders were awarded he Catalyst Awards, which are designed to honor those who have shown a commitment to achieving excellence through diversity at the University of Iowa.


Current Members 2014


Adrianna Jarosz

Adrianna Jarosz
Vice President

Adrianna is a senior civil and environmental engineering student with an emphasis on water quality. She has been a member of EWB since her sophomore year and has been heavily involved in the design of a water tower for Kobriti, Ghana. In the summer of 2012, she traveled to Nicaragua with friends to build a bridge through Bridges to Prosperity. She also enjoys traveling, cooking, (eating), 30 Rock, and racquetball. After graduation, she hopes to continue exploring the links between engineering and positive change.

Amanda De Hoedt

Amanda De Hoedt
Graduate Advisor

Amanda De Hoedt is a biomedical engineering graduate student working at the Coordinated Laboratory for Computational Genomics. She hopes to develop medical diagnostic and treatment devices for use in resource-poor communities around the world. In her spare time she enjoys photography, motorcycles, reading, and traveling. She is also an active member in the local Czech community.


Tim Houser

Tim Houser
Advisor

Tim is the shop manager for IIHR - Hydroscience & Engineering. The mechanical shop builds specialized flumes, specialized equipment and physical models of particular river passages for research. He has been a mentor to UI EWB since fall 2011. In his free time he hopes to finish his 1-1/2” scale real steam locomotive. He lives in Palo, Iowa with his wife, two Great Danes, and a Boxer.

Brianna Knoll

Brianna Knoll
President

Brianna is a senior biomedical engineering student who has been a part of EWB since the first semester of her freshman year and since then has run two of the group's fundraisers, traveled to the village the organization supports, and served as vice-president. Brianna joined EWB because, "It is an organization that does not just try to fix problems in developing countries but works with the communities so they have ownership over implementing the solution. It makes what we do sustainable and allows us to truly get to know these wonderful people we are helping out." She hopes to attend medical school after graduation.


Caroline Sanderson

Caroline Sanderson
Community Health lead

Caroline is a senior studying Global Health and Human Physiology through the interdepartmental studies department. She has been involved with EWB since 2010, and hopes to offer sustainable health education and improvement through EWB projects and someday as a physician. Caroline currently works as a counselor at Systems Unlimited where she enjoys providing health and life-skills education to clients. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys the outdoors, cooking, and all things music.

Kayley Lain

Kayley Lain
Fundraising Lead

Kayley is a sophomore in Electrical and Computer Engineering. She has been involved with EWB since her freshman year and traveled to El Salvador with the Iowa City Professional EWB chapter in the summer of 2012. She enjoys traveling, canoeing, rock climbing, rodeo, softball, and anything that involves cows.


Matt Gazdziak

Matt Gazdziak
Online Presence Lead

Matt is a sophomore studying Civil Engineering. This is his second year in EWB, and first on the Executive Team; he was previously on the fundraising committee. He initially joined the group meet new people and also to help those less fortunate have access to basic necessities. Outside of EWB and schoolwork, he enjoys cooking, running, and playing soccer.

Brandon Bohlender

Brandon Bohlender
Water Tower Project Lead

Brandon is senior Civil/Environmental Engineering major with a structural focus area. He has been a member of EWB since spring of his sophomore year and this is his first year as an executive. Brandon joined EWB due to the group's ability to allow him to implement his engineering knowledge in a real-world scenario that can positively impact lives around the world. Outside of EWB, Brandon enjoys playing sports such as golf and tennis, listening to music, and spending time with friends and family.


Mike Steiff

Mike Steiff
Energy Lead

Mike is a senior Civil/Environmental engineering student and has been a member of EWB since the spring of 2011. Mike travelled with the Iowa EWB professional team this past summer to help with a water distribution project in El Salvador. Mike was also a member of the Iowa chapter of Bridges to Prosperity and travelled to Nicaragua this summer to help build a pedestrian bridge. These experiences have encouraged Mike to continue working with EWB and related organizations. In his free time Mike enjoys cooking, reading, rock climbing, playing guitar, and knitting.

Jennifer Smith

Jennifer Smith
Secretary

Jennifer is a junior in Civil Engineering with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics. This is her second year in this group, but she is also involved with the Society of Women Engineers, University of Iowa chapter of Bridges to Prosperity, and American Society of Civil Engineers Concrete Canoe competition team. Jennifer joined EWB as a way to network with other engineers with the same interests and to get a chance to help others. In her spare time she reads and works on increasing her music collection.


Keyan Zarei

Keyan Zarei
Treasurer

Keyan is a third-year Biomedical Engineering student. He decided to get involve with EWB because of the organization’s fundamental principles and its overarching efforts of reaching out and improving the world. Keyan, apart from being an EWB member and a scholar, is an avid fútbol fan, a James Bond film enthusiast (pre-Casino Royale), and an aspiring skier. His hopes and dreams consist of attending medical school and saving the planet one day.

John Baumhover

John Baumhover
Social Chair

John is a third year mechanical engineering student. He has been a member of EWB for three years. Outside of EWB, John’s interests include cars (both classic and new), renewable energy, and new technology. He joined EWB on a whim, and stayed in it because he enjoyed it so much and felt it was something worth putting time and effort towards.


Members 2011-12

  • Luke Smith (President)
  • Brianna Knoll (Vice President)
  • Michael Steiff (Ghana Lead)
  • Tim Hunziker (Water Tower Lead)
  • Lee Hauser (Latrine Lead)
  • Caroline Dicke (Outreach Lead)
  • John Baumhover (Fundraising Lead)
  • Patrick Johnson (Social Lead)
  • Amanda De Hoedt (Graduate Advisor)

Members 2010-11

  • Thomas Bang (President)
  • Luke Smith (Secretary)
  • Brianna Knoll (Treasurer)
  • Amanda De Hoedt (Graduate Advisor)

Members 2009-10

  • Michael Schaefer (President)