Aug. 13, 2013 — Researchers at Southwest Research Institute have founded a local chapter of Engineers Without Borders.
Similar to the Doctors Without Borders initiative in that the organization calls on individuals to take their skills to countries across the globe to help those in need, Engineers Without Borders "aims to help create a more sustainable world through education and projects that address basic human needs by contributing expertise in the fields of engineering, project management and the physical sciences," according to its charter statement.
"I am delighted that our staff members acted upon the values shared by Southwest Research Institute of developing innovative technologies that benefit humanity to establish a local chapter of Engineers Without Borders," said SwRI Executive Vice President Walt Downing.
Although founded by SwRI, the Engineers Without Borders – Alamo Professional Chapter hopes to attract volunteers from other companies in San Antonio and the surrounding area. Example projects include water supply, sanitation and power.
"We have been approved for our first project, creating a potable water supply in Papachacra, Bolivia," said Eric Tervo, an engineer in SwRI's Mechanical Engineering Division. Tervo and Group Leader Shane Siebenaler, also a staff member in the Mechanical Engineering Division, worked to establish the chapter.
"Our needs expand beyond engineering, so we also are looking for skills in project management, document control and accounting," Tervo added. The organization also seeks monetary donations to further its mission.
The organization will hold its first meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 27, at Northwest Hills Christian Church, 9560 Potranco Road.