SOURCE: Engineers Without Borders - USA

March 26, 2008 11:01 ET

Engineers Without Borders-USA Focuses on Sustainable Engineering, Global Health During International Conference This Week in Seattle

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - March 26, 2008) - Engineers Without Borders-USA will hold its annual conference Thursday through Sunday on the University of Washington's Seattle campus. More than 600 attendees will demonstrate how the group is creating a niche in the philanthropic community: professionals using their technical skills to complete clean-water, sanitation and infrastructure projects.

Co-hosted by the University of Washington and Seattle University student chapters and the Puget Sound professional chapter, this three-day conference will focus on the theme, "Sustainable Engineering, Global Health."

Highlights include:

--  Keynote speech by William H. Gates, Sr., co-chair of the Bill &
    Melinda Gates Foundation: Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Kane Hall 130
--  "Around the world with Engineers Without Borders-USA," presentations
    on projects by local chapters: Friday, 11 a.m. - noon, Kane Hall 130
--  Awards ceremony with Bonnie Dunbar, president and CEO of the Museum of
    Flight and former NASA astronaut: Friday, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Museum of
--  Presentation by Heather Fleming, co-founder of the Appropriate
    Technology Design Team, whose cooking stove for refugees in Darfur has been
    featured in O Magazine and Newsweek: Saturday, 10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m., Kane
    Hall 130
--  "Engineering with soul," closing speech by Bernard Amadei, founder of
    Engineers Without Borders-USA: Sunday, 11:30 a.m. - noon, Kane Hall 130

Engineers Without Borders-USA was founded in 2000 and today has 300 chapters across the country. This will be the fifth international meeting, and the first time the event has been held on the West Coast.

Professional and student members respond to communities' requests for help on projects such as water sanitation and irrigation systems, housing and road designs, and health-related infrastructure. More than 100 chapters will be represented at the conference.

"Engineers Without Borders offers a platform for young engineers to apply their engineering skills in philanthropic ways. This generational shift in concerns is very apparent, and important as we struggle to encourage more young people to consider engineering as a career," said Kurt Fraese, chief executive officer of Seattle-based GeoEngineers, a conference sponsor.

The three-day conference is sponsored by The American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, CH2M HILL, GeoEngineers, University of Washington College of Engineering, Boeing, CDM, HDR, Malcolm Pirnie, World Learning, Hazen and Sawyer, The Del Rio Family Foundation, Shannon & Wilson Inc., Ford, Penetron, Brown and Caldwell, Herrera, Parametrix, AHBL, UW College of Forest Resources and DiStefano Winery.

Additional details on the conference can be found at Media passes are available. Visit the online conference press room at

Established in 2002, Engineers Without Borders - USA is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. This partnership involves the implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while involving and training internationally responsible engineers and engineering students. The organization has more than 250 student and professional chapters across the county and more than 9,000 members working to build a better world one community at a time. Learn more at