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Conference Host Chapter Call Announcement

posted Dec 12, 2012, 8:17 PM by   [ updated Dec 12, 2012, 8:23 PM ]

Dear EWB-USA Chapter Members,
The North East Region is looking for  next year’s  2013 EWB Northeast Region Conference Host! The Conference is a big responsibility, but also a chance for your chapter to highlight the work you’re doing and show off your city. Not only that, but the Conference can be a great fundraiser for your chapter and give all your members something to work on throughout the year. 

In order to achieve the best possible conference for the Region, there are a few requirements and recommendations for a Host Chapter (this list is geared towards a student chapter application, but professional chapters are encouraged to consider hosting or co-hosting with a student chapter): 

  • Guaranteed access to an auditorium which can hold 400 attendees for general sessions
  • Guaranteed access to a space which can seat 400 attendees for meals
  • At least 8 classrooms available for the weekend in which to host breakout sessions
  • Engagement and excitement from your Engineering School and/or University
  • Large number of active, engaged members—Host chapters generally require 50-75 volunteers to run the conference
In addition, there are many aspects of a chapter which will allow the chapter to be highly successful in  planning  and running the Regional Conference. When considering applying to be the Conference Hosts, think about things such as: 
  • Accessibility and proximity to the nearest airport
  • Hotel proximity and cost
  • The rules and options for catering on campus 

The  formal application will be released in mid-January, so you have time to consider your chapter's strengths and abilities. In the meantime, for more information, please contact NER President Cassie Thiel at

We look forward to hearing from you!

-Cassie Thiel
President, State Rep Chair
North East Region
Engineers Without Borders 

NER is looking for you to fill open positions

posted Dec 10, 2012, 8:13 PM by   [ updated Jan 30, 2013, 6:17 PM ]

If you are a little bit interested in one of these three positions: NY State Rep, CT State Rep, Vice President,, then you should open the PDFs below and contact Cassie to discuss the position. 

2012 NER Conference Email from Rosemary Powers

posted Aug 24, 2012, 9:33 AM by

Dear EWB-USA Northeast Region Member,


Registration for the 2012 Northeast Region Conference (formerly known as Workshop), November 16-18th, 2012, at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, is now OPEN!


We hope you are excited about the hands-on conference sessions and state of EWB-USA address from Executive Director, Cathy Leslie. General sessions will be conducted by highly accomplished professionals, specialized in topics such as social marketing, economics, international development, and project sustainability and breakout sessions will be catered to your suggestions.



As we continue to build our agenda for the conference, we are seeking student and professional members and chapters to present on the topic of their choice. We anticipate an even greater attendance than last year so there is significant flexibility in the topics and session tracks we can offer. Feel free to get creative and take inspiration from a presentation you have enjoyed and submit your suggestions here. If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Julie at



Early Registration:  August 20 – September 20, 2012

($75 students / $90 professional members / $100 professional non-members) 


Regular Registration: September 21 – October 28, 2012

($100 students / $125 professional members / $160 professional non-members)


Late Registration:  October 29 – November 15, 2012

($125 students / $155 professional members / $175 professional non-members) 


To register, please go to



We are pleased to offer discounted rates at the Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia.  

Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia

1800 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA, USA 19103

Phone: (215) - 561 – 7500


Room Rates Available Until October 17, 2012:

Single Rate:  $139/night

Double Rate:  $139/night


Each guest will receive trolley tokens for roundtrips to the university from the hotel. Please use the block code 'ENGI11162012' to the access discounted rates online. Telephone reservations can be made by calling 617-806-4653 and requesting the Engineers Without Borders group rate. Discounted rates available only for November 16th and 17th and guests have until October 17, 2012 to reserve their room.


For other lodging options and updates on hotels information please visit here.


First Aid & CPR/AED Certification

We are pleased to announce conference attendees will have the opportunity to become certified in CPR/AED (course offered on Friday from 6-9pm) and/or First Aid (course offered on Sunday from 9-12pm). Cost is $55 for one session or $80 for both sessions and you must enroll when registering for the conference. If you have any questions, please contact Julie at


Chapter Presentations

Project presentations are a great way to share your EWB-USA project successes and lessons learned, develop presentation skills, and familiarize new members with what we do. If your group is interested in presenting at the conference, please complete this form.


Poster & Photo Competition

Have a really successful project your chapter would like to showcase? Chapters in the Northeast Region are invited to submit project posters and photos that showcase their best projects. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top three posters. Submission requirements will be available here. The poster and photo submission deadline is on October 15, 2012 and the winner will be announced at the conference.



Scholarships will be available to members of the EWB-USA Northeast Region. The purpose of these scholarships is to provide a portion of registration and travel related fees for student and professional members wishing to attend the Conference. For more information on applying for a scholarship, visit


Join the NER Committee

Nominations for the 2012 Northeast Region Committee will be announced soon. Stay tuned for more information!


For up-to-date information on the conference, please visit

For comments or questions on the conference, please contact Nicole Ostrowski at


See you in November!




The Northeast Region Committee

Eileen Parra, President,

Cassie Thiel, Co-President,

Jeremy Schein, Treasurer,

Brian Goodacre, Webmaster,

Nicole Ostrowski, Workshop Coordinator,



Rosemary Powers

Chapter Relations Manager

Serving the North East Region


Conference Registration is Opening Soon

posted Aug 14, 2012, 7:00 PM by   [ updated Aug 23, 2012, 1:21 PM ]

Do you want to be surrounded by other EWB-USA members? If so, get ready to sign up for the 2012 Northeast Region Conference. It will be held at the the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA on November 16-18th, 2012! Save some money by taking advantage of Early Registration and be sure to check out the conference website for updated details.

Northeast Region Seeking Volunteers!

posted Jun 14, 2012, 11:14 AM by

If you or members from your chapter are looking for more to do with EWB, or if you know of recent graduates who want to stay involved in EWB, then the Northeast Region has got some volunteer jobs for you!  Attached, you'll find a call for regional WEBMASTER, SECRETARY, and WEST PA STATE REPRESENTATIVE.  If you or someone in your chapter is interested in any of these positions, email! The NER can really use you as we hope to grow and develop our programs for the benefits of our members.

Last Chance to be a Part of the Conference!

posted Feb 10, 2012, 4:07 PM by

February 15th is the deadline to submit for all kinds of cool things!  Are you a project team looking to share your stories?  Submit an application to present to hundreds of people!  Want to share your chapter's successes?  Submit a chapter story poster and have it displayed during events!  Looking to share your community's story?  Submit a video or photo now.

Rooms at the Green Valley Ranch Resort conference hotel are booking fast so be sure to get yours now before the hotel sells out!  Did you know?  You can register for a hotel room before paying for your conference registration.  The cutoff date for a room guarantee is February 29, 2012.  After this date we can no longer guarantee the amazing EWB-USA room rate of $115/night.  What are you waiting for, book today!

Village Earth Event

posted Jan 24, 2012, 8:25 PM by   [ updated Aug 5, 2012, 6:37 PM ]

Village Earth has been working with EWB-USA members since 2007, providing training in the theory of community development and the practical methods for enhancing trust, communication, and participation between chapters and partnering communities.  EWB-USA chapters have reported that these trainings have been helpful in building better relationships with partnering communities and therefore conducing better community development programs. 


This online training consists of four two-hour evening discussions starting Monday, February 6th and ending Thursday, February 9th.  Discussions are live; each student can see and hear the instructor and other students (earphones and web-camera are required). Course details and registration information can be found on the attached flyer and online at

2011 NER Workshop Registration is Open!!!!

posted Sep 21, 2011, 4:42 PM by

The Columbia University Student Chapter of Engineers Without Borders welcomes you to join us for the annual North East Region Training Workshop!

Online Registration is now available @

We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Africa, Clean Water and Matt Damon

posted Aug 23, 2011, 2:06 PM by   [ updated Aug 23, 2011, 2:07 PM ]

Who said celebrities don't get thier hands dirty? Head over to and read the inspiring story about Matt Damon and his efforts to bring water to Africa. This is a great article giving insight on how Mr Damon and Gary White brought their two organizations together and co-founded in 2009.

"Calling" All Conference Calls

posted Aug 23, 2011, 2:04 PM by

Hello Northeast Region Representatives, it’s great that we get the chance to speak with each other from time to time. This has helped me to get to know each of you and to get your input on what we need to do on the regional level. I would like to extend these meetings to your monthly conference calls with your regions chapters. I have many updates that I would like to share with you and the chapters in your regions. This will also help me to get connected to the Professional and Student chapters in each of your regions. We are always looking for possible solutions to individual project issues, to sharing resources such as mentors, fresh ideas for our website and more. My goal is to increase our potential by identifying common problems and receiving suggestions for successful ways to help those we serve in each project. My line is always open for one-to-one calls for discussion on how we can improve upon our chances to learn from each other. I look forward to hearing from you.
Dr. James J. Yarmus, F.NSPE, F.ASCE

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