The first Engineers Without Borders organisation was founded in France in the 1980s, since then the movement has developed in countries throughout the world. Each national organisation of EWB is independent in terms of governance, activities and funding however we share the common principles of promoting sustainable development through engineering.
Engineers Without Borders Ireland was formed in 2010 by a small multi-disciplinary group of engineers. Engineers Without Borders Ireland CLG was incorporated as a company in 2013 and became a registered charity (RCN: 20158101) with the Charities Regulatory Authority in 2018.
The governance structure of EWB-Ireland comprises a board of directors, a national committee and a local branch network within regional centres. All members are highly committed volunteers.
As of May 2018, EWB Ireland has 1 member of staff – Program Manager.
EWB-Ireland is dedicated to bridging the gap between academia, industry and NGOs to give Irish engineers and scientists opportunities to learn about and contribute to sustainable development globally. Our mission is to partner with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through education and implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while promoting global experience for engineers, engineering students, and similarly motivated non-engineers.
EWB Ireland does not work directly with children or vulnerable adults, but has a policy in place for EWB members’ voluntary participation in the national STEPS programme through Engineers Ireland. This policy is accessible here: Volunteering & Child Protection Policy.
Declan is a Chartered Engineer with 18 years experience in Building Services Consultancy and Sustainability. He holds an MSc in Energy and Sustainable Building Design, is a BREEAM Accredited Professional, BREEAM International New Construction Assessor and a Certified European PassivHaus Designer. Declan is also a Director of the Irish Green Building Council (IGBC), Project Director at Varming Consulting Engineers and an Executive Member of the Nepal Ireland Society.
Research & Academic Networks
Liam is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 20 years experience in Environmental Engineering Design, Construction & Commissioning of water & sanitation projects including being project manager for the Irish Red Cross working on post tsunami water and sanitation reconstruction programs in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Maldives and as a water and sanitation advisor to Governments in Sierra Leone, Niger and Nepal. Liam is currently lecturing on Degree and Masters programmes within DIT and leads the DTC research group within the School of Civil and Structural Engineering.
Company Secretary & South West Region
Billy studied Civil & Environmental Engineering at University College Cork and Postgrad in Accounting & Corporate Finance, Management and Finance. He has played professionally with Munster Rugby since 2005 and has been player representative since 2010. Billy coordinates the south and west regions for EWB-Ireland.
Head of Overseas Placements
Elaine holds a BEng Manufacturing Engineering from University of Limerick and an MSc Sustainable Development from DIT. She has worked in the waste management and windfarm planning sector as an engineer and the environmental educational sector as a facilitator. Elaine is also founder of environmental education company Boltz.
North West Region
Gerard is a Mechanical Engineer and independent Engineering Consultant. He previously worked as Senior Development Manager with Ceramicx Ireland and is currently employed by Trinity College Dublin where he also received his doctorate in Heat Transfer. Gerard was a UNV in Nepal and is interested in off grid energy and appropriate technology.
Emer is a Chartered Civil Engineer with over 10 years’ experience in the delivery of civil engineering works, with a focus on water infrastructure design for land development, transport and local authority clients. Emer works for Arup and became involved with Engineers Without Borders as an Arup representative for the EWB Where There is No Engineer Competition. Emer has previously completed humanitarian work in Nepal and will be returning to Nepal in 2017 as a Corporate Fellow with EWB Australia. .
Student Chapter Liaison
Fiona currently works as a Construction Project Manager for a multi-national. She has a BSc in Structural Engineering with Architecture and an ME in Civil Engineering with Business both from UCD.
Andrew is a Chartered Engineer with over 10 years’ experience in industry specialising in bridge design and construction. He currently works as a Senior Engineer with Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers. He has a BE in Civil Engineering from UCD and an MSc. in Structural Engineering from the University of Surrey..
Lucy is a Design Engineer interested in the sustainable management of resources, in particular water and energy. Lucy received her doctorate from Trinity College Dublin which focused on hydropower energy recovery in water supply networks. She previously worked as a design engineer with renewable energy company OpenHydro and currently works with J. B. Barry & Partners in the water and wastewater sector.
Gavin is a graduate of Engineering from Dublin Institute of Technology. He holds a BSc in Electrical Services and Energy Management, an MSc in Energy Management and is currently an Electrical Design Engineer at J.V. Tierney & Co Consulting Engineers.
Aoife first became involved with EWB-Ireland upon returning from a placement with the Foundation for Sustainable Development in Uganda. Aoife has a Masters in Energy Management from Dublin Institute of Technology and holds a degree in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering from Trinity College Dublin. She currently works as an Energy Market Modelling Analyst at ESB Trading.