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Students excel in sustainable design challenge

A team of ICE student members from Nottingham Trent University has won the Engineering Without Borders (EWB) Challenge, beating off competition from 2,800 entrants.

The challenge involves designing a project that will improve access to basic services such as drinkable water, sanitation and reliable energy for a community in the developing world.

Hannah Rodger, Leanne Gorge, Deborah Bouvie, Frank Worcester, Josh Wall and Sam Gale impressed the judging panel with their design of a safe playground for children in Codo, Timor-Leste.

This year, EWB-UK worked in partnership with EWB Australia and Plan Timor-Leste to provide students from across the globe with design briefs based on challenges in Codo, a small community in the eastern district of Lautem, Timor-Leste.

Judges said the Nottingham team’s consideration of cultural education in Codo made them worthy winners.

The 2014 judging panel included experts from academia, professional engineering and international development, among them Plan International head of disaster response and preparedness Unni Krishnan and EWB-UK chief executive Jonny Gutteridge.

Emily Mattiussi, challenge manager at EWB-UK said: “We hope to use the EWB Challenge to inspire students to think about how they can incorporate what they learn about humanitarian and global engineering into their future careers.”

Gutteridge added: “We need the right technology and understanding to solve urgent global problems and we need more engineers on the task. That is why I am delighted to see growing interest from UK universities, and internationally, in implementing this programme. We hope to excite new generations of engineers about working in sustainable international development.”

  • Engineering Without Borders is a charity that works to deliver engineering solutions for the developing world. For information visit

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