Local Projects

The Local Projects team develops engineering solutions and holds volunteering events that benefit our local community.  We collaborate with organizations focused on sustainability, education, and community improvement.

Current Projects

  • Rainwater Collection System – Orfalea Family Children’s Center (2017)

Completed Projects

  • Wood burning stove prototypes in Eastern Tijuana, Mexico (2015)
  • Books for Africa (2015)
  • Water wheel restoration in Isla Vista, California (2014-15)

Rainwater Collection System –

Orfalea Family Children’s Center

This is a new project as of Fall 2017 and is in collaboration with The American Society of Mechanical Engineers at UCSB.  A team of students is currently assessing and will then design a rainwater collection and dispersal system at UCSB’s Orfalea Family Children’s Center.  This section will be updated with additional information soon!

Wood Burning Stoves in Eastern Tijuana, Mexico

EWB-UCSB is collaborating on a community development project in Eastern Tijuana with the International Health Collective, a student run club out of UCSD. IHC provides free medical clinics in the underserved communities of Villa Fontana and Rojo Gomez using the expertise of volunteer Doctors and certified EMTs. IHC has been expanding its treatment of health in the community through engineering and social projects.

After 2 assessment visits it was determined through dialogue with community members and observation that the many residents could benefit from the design of a more efficient wood burning stove to replace open cook fires. Our UCSB EWB team has been pursuing this venture and delivered 2 prototype versions of the stove to volunteer residences on Feb 15th2015.

Books For Africa

We partner with the non-profit organization Books for Africa to collect books from the UCSB community to alleviate the book famine in Africa. Books for Africa, a Minnesota-based 501 (c) organization, is the largest shipper of books to the African continent. Over 18 million books have been sent to 37 countries since 1988.

Books for Africa collects books from donors all over the country and then ships them in cargo containers, bringing down the cost to about 38 cents a book. Once the books reach Africa, they are distributed to schools and libraries, reaching the people who need them most – children hungry to learn.

If you’d like to donate books, please contact us at ewb.ucsbgauchos@gmail.com.

Water Wheel Restoration in Isla Vista, California

In the beginning of October 2014, the Isla Vista community asked for a repair of a waterwheel at Anisq’oyo Park. A team of students identified that it had rotted and failed passed the point of repair. UCSB’s College of Engineering financially supported the construction of a brand new water wheel. Organizations including Engineers Without Borders – UCSB, The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and the UCSB Machine Shop Club then collaborated in the design and construction of a new waterwheel.