Fundraising for EWB-UK

Want to help raise money for EWB-UK and get fit at the same time?

Why not apply to run in one of our guaranteed places in one of three prestigious races. In addition to one place in the Virgin London Marathon 2011 there are also two places available for each of the Adidas Silverstone Half Marathon and Bupa London 10k. In return for the places, applicants are asked to commit to raising a minimum of £1000 for the marathon and £500 for the other events. Applications are due to close on 10th December and chosen applicants will be announced shortly after. For more information and how to apply, please visit our marathon webpage.

Bosch Technology Horizons Award now open for entries

The Bosch Technology Horizons Award is a national essay-writing competition open to entrants aged 14 to 24. In the 19 to 24 age group, 750-word essay is required from entrants answering one of the two questions below:

What role can engineers play to ensure a greener world in the next 125 years?
OR
What do you think was Robert Bosch’s greatest engineering achievement in his lifetime and why?

Cash prizes of up to £1,000 are available for first, second and highly commended places along with an opportunity for the winner to undertake 6 months’ paid work experience at one of the Bosch sites across the UK.

The closing date for entries is 18th March 2011, giving you plenty of time to get writing!

More information and useful resources are available on the dedicated Award website.

EWB-UK Chief Exec contributes to first UNESCO Engineering Report

UNESCO have launched the first ever global report on engineering entitled the '**UNESCO Engineering Report**'. Andrew Lamb, Chief Executive of EWB-UK, was a consultant Technical Editor for the project, which also incorporates photographs taken by EWB-UK members.

The theme of the report is Issues, Challenges and Opportunities for Development and hence looks both at the broad engineering profession and at its role in poverty reduction. It has had over 100 contributors from all continents and is the culmination of three years work. Andrew also contributed to a paper about the Engineers Without Borders movement, which begins on page 157 of the PDF version of the full report which is free to download here
The press release about the report can also be found on the UNESCO website.

EWB Warwick's Wind Turbine Connected to the Grid!

Congratulations to the team at EWB-Warwick, who have successfully installed their branch-built wind turbine on campus. Since the beginning of the month, it has been feeding clean energy into the University Grid. As well as giving the 16 students who were involved in the construction of the wind turbine a fantastic hands on experience, it will also provide a focus for future maintenance courses and provide an opportunity for research projects.

View image here.

Volunteer Opportunities in Haiti

Haven Partnership is looking for two volunteers to join their team working on a 500-transitional shelter project in Port au Prince, Haiti. One volunteer is needed to help supervise a timber-framed shelter fabrication yard, and the other would help supervise the erection of the shelters on site. It’s a very exciting and challenging project tobe working on, responding directly to the huge need for shelter still remaining after the 12 January earthquake in Port au Prince.

Haven will cover and organise flights, visas, accommodation, transport, food etc and provide a stipend of approximately US$200/mth to cover other expenses. The volunteers would be covered by our existing security arrangements. The positions would be for a duration of 6 months, with a January start. The job description for the roles can be found here.

To apply, please contact <a href="mailto:gareth.lewis@havenpartnership.com">gareth.lewis@havenpartnership.com</a>

PhD opportunity is available at the University of Western Australia

A PhD opportunity is available at the University of Western Australia as part of a project on the characterisation of rammed earth. The wider aim of the project is development of the use of rammed earth in Australia’s remote Aboriginal communities, which currently rely on shipped-in construction materials.

The PhD student would be mainly based in Perth working under the supervision of Assistant Prof. Daniela Ciancio, and would carry out a program of laboratory testing on stabilized rammed earth materials in order to develop design procedures for their structural use. The student will also spend a period working in the School of Engineering & Computing Sciences at Durham University under the supervision of Dr Charles Augarde (a UK partner in the project).

The position is available from February 2011 but there is the possibility of negotiating a later start than this for those in their final year of a degree. Further details are available here.

EWB-UK are running another Know Before You Go

Know before you go course in London on 10-12 December. This is a concentrated version of the pre-departure course and is perfect preparation for anyone heading abroad to work in development. Remember to sign up to the EWB-UK Training Bulletin to receive information on the latest training events.

ICE President Paul Jowitt has revealed the innovative

‘Engineer’s toolkit for a developing world’. The culmination of a year’s work, the toolkit is a first in the civil engineering field. It is an open-source set of materials and ideas to help engineers plan and deliver infrastructure for international development, poverty alleviation and the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The ToolKit is available on the ICE's website.

d.light, an international consumer products company serving people without access to reliable electricity, are recruiting for several job opportunities including an Electronics Engineer to be based in Hong Kong. More information can be found here.

Read more at www.ewb-uk.org