For years, UVA engineering students have been developing and engaging in projects focused on meeting basic human needs in underserved communities at home and abroad.
The projects are the result of intensive collaboration between universities, communities, and individuals. Our students are not volunteers, nor are they aid-workers; they are innovative students searching for ways to apply their engineering knowledge in ways that are culturally appropriate, sustainable, and technologically feasible.
Many of these projects are just the tip of the iceberg. Our students are doing more than just designing appropriate technologies – they are fostering long-term partnerships and empowering people around the world to be independent, healthy, and self-sufficient. In fact, multiple projects have evolved into small businesses and provide not only food, water, and sanitation, but also a much needed source of income and a way out of poverty.