Students use skills for good

Lee-Anne Butler

NELSON Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) students studying towards careers in the various engineering fields have joined forces to form a local chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), aimed at using their technical expertise to improve communities in need.

Working on similar principles to Doctors Without Borders, students and lecturers at the university will work together to try to enhance the community by providing engineering solutions.

The newly formed NMMU branch of EWB will form part of various member groups worldwide. There are already EWB bodies at the universities of Cape Town and Witwatersrand.

Manager of the Advanced Mechatronic and Technology Centre (AMTC) and senior lecturer at the university Karl du Preez said the idea came about after witnessing EWB branches operating at other universities.

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