The student chapter of Engineers Without Borders-USA at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo was founded in 2005 by a core group of students dedicated to making a global impact. Cal Poly’s EWB chapter has successfully implemented projects across the globe, impacting the lives of thousands. We are working towards improving sanitation in India, providing food storage and safer bridges Thailand, building a public school Nicaragua, and creating a bike powered maize mill in Malawi. Our chapter was recently honored as the Premier Student Chapter by EWB-USA, demonstrating the commitment of our members. The enthusiasm and passion of our students is not only seen in our successful project history, but also the growth that our organization has realized in the past two years. In less than two years, our membership has tripled to a total of over 200 active members who are looking to make a difference in purposeful projects.



We currently have projects in four countries: Nicaragua, Malawi, Thailand, and India.  Each project is tailored to the communities needs and we go to great lengths to work with the community to produce sustainable solutions.



Interested? Fill out the form below to be added to the Engineers Without Borders Cal Poly mailing list. Leave a message if you're interested in joining a specific team, and we'll get back to you! Also, click on the calender below to access the EWB Cal Poly Google Calender where you can find out when upcoming meetings, workshops, and fun social events are taking place.

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Questions, comments, or concerns? Contact us through the email provided below. Also, check us out on Facebook and Twitter!



Jane Lehr

Email: jlehr@calpoly.edu

Dan Hornett


Beth Hotchkiss

Vice President

Jessica MacMillan


Kalina Burns


Josh Zalmonowitz

Public Relations

Erika Hansen

Social Chair

Andrea Larsen

Banquet Coordinator

Abbie Nilan


Lydia Van Muckey


Jessica Taylor


Rexel Boter

Local Projects

Joseph Seo

Local Projects

Dan Hornett


Briar Goldwyn


Carolina Cleland


Emma Morley


Jolie Higgins


Brittney Salvador


Jennifer Tuttle


Sydney Poyd


Isabel Skene


 Avery Lai


 Chris Morton


David Wright


Kyle Ennis

Lead Fundraising



An integral part of our success as an organization comes from the support of our ever extending network of donors. Over half of our funding comes from YOUR support. Whether you are our family, friends, or a company supporter – you can help make a difference. 100% of your donation will go straight to supporting our project teams implement low-cost, practical engineering designs that are assisting an estimated 23,000 people. Below are some statistics you might find shocking –  all of which we are directly addressing:


80% of the world lives on less than $10 per day.


1.1 billion people have inadequate access to clean drinking water.


2.6 billion people lack basic sanitation.


Close to half of all people in developing countries suffer at any given time from a health problem caused by water and sanitation deficits.


We challenge you to help be a part of the solution. So, give up coffee for a week and donate the money saved to our projects – it could buy a toilet for a family in India. Instead of driving to school or work this week, bike instead and donate the money saved on gas – it could be used to build accessible health care in Nicaragua. That tax return you got, give it up and donate it to our projects – it could install a slow sand water filtration system for an entire village in Thailand.