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Members of the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders will appear on the cover of Eastern Pennsylvania Business Journal‘s National Engineers Week supplement next week.

An article will feature Lafayette’s EWB chapter, which was founded last school year and is working to provide about 1,000 Hondurans with clean drinking water. EWB students attended a National Engineers Week Banquet held Feb. 25 at Green Pond Country Club in Bethlehem, where Bernard Amadei, founder of the national Engineers Without Borders, was keynote speaker.

Engineers Without Borders honored Lafayette’s chapter with the Education Award for the Honduras project at its national conference last fall.

Construction of a springbox in Acopian Engineering Center will be led from 1-4 p.m. today and Friday by EWB seniors Matt Young (Burke, Va.) and Doug Fox (Peace Dale, R.I.), mechanical engineering majors; Sam Gutner (Topsfield, Mass.), an A.B. engineering major; and Fidel Maltez (Miami, Fla.), a civil engineering major. These will be the first of several sessions to prepare students for construction of a sustainable water system for Yoro, Honduras, in May.

The springbox will be a vital component of the water system, acting as a collection system to deliver water to the storage tank, Maltez explains. He developed the design, drawings, and construction methods in an independent study conducted last fall under the guidance of David Brandes, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering. These were reviewed by EWB members this semester and approved for construction.

This construction will give Lafayette students insights about construction materials and methods for developing countries, adds Maltez.

“In addition, it will give EWB members the chance to refine the current design to optimize its sustainability, while preparing for construction in the field,” he says.

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