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Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders at NJIT Receives Recognition

The 35-member student chapter of Engineers Without Borders at NJIT received the Outstanding Student Chapter Award at the 12th Annual Salute to Engineering Excellence sponsored by NJIT’s Newark College of Engineering (NCE).  The event was held March 25, 2010 at NJIT.   

The chapter has been helping the village of Milot, Haiti, get clean drinking water. The 35 students in the NJIT chapter have helped villagers build bio-sand filters to purify drinking water. Most villages in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, lack running water. Villagers must carry buckets to mostly polluted streams and carry the water home.

The students first built and modified the bio-filter in the NCE concrete lab. Then they traveled to Milot to teach the villagers how to build and maintain the filters. The villagers keep the filters in their homes and pour water into them before drinking. A biological layer in the filter catches 95 percent of the water’s pathogens, making the water safe to drink.

The students also raised money to pay for supplies needed to build the four-foot- high filters, whose simple ingredients are concrete, sand and gravel.  The students are advised by NJIT Professor Jay Meegoda of the civil and environmental engineering department, and Allyn Luke, who manages the NCE concrete lab. The chapter has also been fund-raising and thinking of other ways to help Haiti, whose water problems have been exacerbated by the earthquake.

One of the nation's leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT's multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of more than 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering, and cyber-security, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $110 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com.