For the third year, George Mason University’s Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering’s Engineers for International Development (EfID) has won a Second Place National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) Engineering Education Award and a $7500 cash prize. The NCEES Engineering Education Award recognizes college engineering programs for engaging their students in collaborative projects with licensed professional engineers. This year’s award submission entitled “Design and Construction of a Reliable Drinking Water System for an Orphanage in Central America” brought 60 students together with licensed professional engineers and faculty to design and implement a drinking water storage, disinfection and distribution system to serve an orphanage home for 150 children in a remote community in Nicaragua. The replacement and expansion of the distribution, disinfection, and storage systems were planned and designed over two academic years, totaling thousands of man-hours by EfID students. Throughout the assessment, design and implementation phases of the project, students were sensitive to the cultural norms and practices of the community.
The NCEES cash prize will be reinvested in future Engineers for International Development projects which seek to enable Mason students to contribute to the development of sound infrastructure in the developing world while gaining professional experience in all aspects of civil, environmental, construction engineering and project management. For more information about Mason’s Engineers for International Development please see http://www.gmu-efid.org/.