Who We Are

Engineers Without Borders Washington DC Professional Chapter

Engineers Without Borders – USA

EWB-USA is a non-profit humanitarian organization that 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’s projects span 47 countries on five continents. 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.

EWB-USA’s national office is based in Denver, CO. Learn more at www.ewb-usa.org.

Engineers Without Borders – Washington DC Professional Chapter

EWB-DC spreads both the vision and the mission of EWB-USA by partnering with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects. EWB-DC engages developing communities in resolving particular infrastructure needs that the community itself has identified. Projects include but are not limited to the design and construction of water distribution, waste-water treatment, sanitation, energy, and shelter systems. The overall objective of every project is to incorporate and train the community in all phases of the sustainable projects to ensure ownership, appropriateness and long-term effectiveness.

EWB involves professionals and students from a variety of professions including engineering, public health, anthropology, geology, business, communications, and graphic design. EWB-DC works together with EWB Student Chapters at Howard University, The George Washington University, and Catholic University to improve the quality of life in partner communities worldwide. Students are involved in every step of the process, enabling them to learn firsthand about solutions to the problems of the developing world.

Recognition for EWB-DC:

Each year the EWB-USA Premier Chapter Awards recognize outstanding EWB-USA student and professional chapters that meet the ideals of a successful EWB-USA chapter. These ideals include excellence in organization, fundraising and public relations, engagement in mentor/mentee relationship and chapter and regional participation.

EWB-DC is very proud to have been recognized twice as the Southeast Regional Premier Professional Chapter for 2013/2014 and for 2014/2015.

We are immensely excited to have been recognized as the National Premier Professional Chapter in 2015.

Engineers Without Borders Washington DC Professional Chapter Leadership

President – Robert Horner

Robert Horner has been involved with EWB-DC since 2013 as a member of the Mbokop, Cameroon project team. He has served in various roles, including leading the design effort for the collection portion of the water supply system and travelling on the first implementation trip in January 2015. He was previously involved in the North Carolina State University student chapter, where he served as the project lead for a renewable energy project in Sierra Leone. Robert holds a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering; a BA in Science, Technology, and Society; and an MS in Sustainability.

Vice President – Jonathan Mead

Jonathan joined EWB-DC in 2012, helping to launch the Mbokop, Cameroon water supply project. Jonathan has worked on many phases of the project since then and has had the opportunity to travel to Mbokop for both initial assessment work and system construction. Jonathan served as president of EWB-DC from 2013 to 2015 and has served as the EWB state representative for Washington DC since 2015. Jonathan first became involved with EWB in 2009, leading a water supply construction project in India for EWB-Hartford. Jonathan is an environmental geologist currently working on water pollution issues in the textile industry in South and Southeast Asia. 

Treasurer – Ashley Reives

Ashley Reives joined EWB-DC in 2012 as a member of the Cameroon Water Supply and Health program assisting in the assessment and implementation planning stages. She later served as a Cameroon Project Lead for two years, supporting the project through technical design phases and four Implementation trips on the first system in the program. She has supported the EWB-DC chapter in fundraising, social media, and event planning initiatives. Ashley has a BS in Systems Engineering and MS in Engineering Management. She currently works in federal consulting in the Washington, DC region.

Secretary- Vacant

If you are interested in serving as chapter secretary please email president@ewb-dc.org.