Monday, August 23, 2010

Student Convocation - College Of Engineering

The UofU-EWB chapter will have a table at this weeks College of Engineering Convocation Day.  Come and meet us this Thursday, August 16th, from 5 PM onwards at the Warnock building.  Sign up sheets will be available for new members and for those want to renew their membership.  We will also have videos and news on the latest projects.

We look forward to meeting you.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Habitat for Humanity project opportunity

Read below if you are interested in helping out with a housing project sponsored by Habitat for Humanity:

If you have some time this week (preferrably to be completed by this weekend) the Project Director for the house being built in Ogden needs help doing a ResCheck on the plans that have been drawn up. A ResCheck is a way for the City Inspector to verify that a building has met all energy requirements. It looks at all the componenets of the building to determine the overall energy calculations.

To complete the ResCheck you will need to download a free software provided by the government that will walk you through the ResCheck requirements. It will ask about the materials being used to build the home (window type, insulation type, doors, house siding, roof, etc) and about wall thickness and other stuff from the floor plans. You will need to coordinate your efforts with the project architect or planner to answer these questions. Shouldn't take more than a few hours.

If you are interested let me know right away by sending an email to ! I will put you in touch with the Habitat for Humanity Project Director, Brian VanGorp. I will also show you where to get the software needed to complete the assignment. 

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Service opportunity with Habitat for Humanity

We have an exciting opportunity to put your engineering skills to work while doing some service this summer! Habitat for Humanity is building a home in Ogden and they have asked us to help. There will be plenty of opportunities to do both planning and building on this project. Please see the details below and send and email to if you are interested in helping out. The project will start at the beginning of July so reply quickly if you want to be involved.

Habitat for Humanity would like members of EWB to help build a home in Ogden this summer. The project is located on the corner of Madison and 21st Street. EWB students may volunteer to fulfill any of the following assignments:

1) Structural calculations for the building permit. A complete set of plans will be provided. Volunteers will complete the calculations then return them to Habitat to be stamped by a PE.

2) Plan and fill the project lot to sidewalk grade. The lot is set about 2' below the sidewalk. Volunteers will shoot the grade around the property then estimate the bank cubic yards required to fill and compact the lot. 

3) Building layout. Volunteers will assist with establishing the height and corners of the building foundation.

4) Construction. Volunteers will assist with building the house.

Assistance will be provided for any of the assignments above. If you do not know how to complete one of the assignments but would like to learn and be a part of it, please feel free to volunteer and learn as you participate. Don't miss the chance to be a part of this wonderful project!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Experiences From UofU-EWB Members - Vince De Vita

Welcome to the first of what will be a long running series where you, our members, get to share your experiences working on EWB projects.  For our first installment we hear from former Project Coordinator, Vince De Vita.  Many thanks to Vince for sharing his thoughts and experiences with us.

Navajo Nation:
Navajo Nation is an ongoing project on the southern side of Navajo Mountain, near Page, AZ, that has been both a great volunteer and traveling experience.  These trips involved water supply and solar power installation.  The ability to interact with the locals and see their expressed gratitude has been something that I will reflect upon life-long.  Its culture and site seeing was something that many people will never see or know of.  Networking throughout both the student and professional chapters of Engineers Without Borders has also been an invaluable opportunity.

Yoro, Honduras:

This project is simply just too hard to sum up in only a paragraph.  Nearly every aspect was an experience that can not be expressed.  To be part of bonds made with team members, locals, surrounding country, and chance to put forward something that did, and will continue to do, for the village is something I cannot express.  This project is a three-phase project that involved supplying a steady water supply to small homes in a remote village.  Offering the village a steady water source has not only gave the locals time saving capability, but also a better quality of living.  To be consumed by a whole separate world is something I often remember.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

UofU-EWB Article in Un|Bounded

The latest issue of Un|Bounded; The university of Utah's international publication, has an article with UofU-EWB members Chad Nielson and Vince De Vita.  Click the link below and turn to page 9 to read what they have to say.

University of Utah - Un|Bounded

Thursday, May 27, 2010

New UofU-EWB Website

Welcome to the new UofU-EWB website. We hope you'll find all the information you will need to get involved with our chapter. The site is being improved every day, so be sure to check back for event updates and new trips being planned. You can also find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Just click the links in the lower left of this page.