Engineers Without Borders - Cornell



Since the Sunuka, Tanzania irrigation project’s conception in February 2018, we have travelled on two assessment trips to establish our relationship with the Sunuka community and retrieve the necessary irrigation data. Keeping in mind social, structural and economic feasibility our team evaluated potential water sources and irrigation distribution techniques, and has been working to finalize system plans. With implementation tentatively scheduled for summer 2021, our designs are currently being submitted for community approval and for additional analysis by irrigation experts. In the meantime, our team is working to maintain community relations and develop a universal irrigation system toolbox.


The Business subteam is an interdisciplinary group which focuses on both the finances and language modeling within EWB Cornell. In terms of the finances, the team is responsible for raising funds for both the international and domestic projects through fundraising, sponsorship, and events. In our new project, the team is designing a text to image processor to streamline communication for the Tanzania subteam's irrigation system installation. In using natural language processing and machine learning techniques, the team is executing the design of a rule and constraint based algorithm which inputs instructional text and outputs corresponding image sequences.

Software Development

Our Software Development team is partnering with a local non-profit to build a sustainability-based app compatible with both iOS and Android. The app hopes to encourage the practice of carbon-offsetting, reducing emissions of CO2 in order to compensate for CO2 emissions made elsewhere. Our team hopes that our project will impact communities both locally and beyond the Ithaca area, ultimately having a lasting impact by making carbon-offsetting more accessible and encouraging sustainable practices.

Digital Agriculture

Outbreaks of plant diseases, often left undetected, can be devastating for a local economy in Sub-Saharan Africa. To aid farmers, Engineers Without Borders at Cornell is building an airborne drone and a ground rover to assess large plots of crop fields real time. The drone will provide a large aerial assessment of overall health which will then help the rover survey flagged parts for diseases underneath the canopy.


As homelessness is rampant within Tompkins county and across the country, the idea sparked our talented group of engineers from a multitude of backgrounds and majors to begin designing a tiny home that can be transported by car, as known as the EPOD. This independence allows for individuals to travel with their homes, find stable work, have basic utilities, and save money up for a future home or apartment. As these homes are temporary for individuals, it will allow the homeless individual to jumpstart their lives for the better. We are currently engineering the tiny home, assessing cost, and establishing construction documents for future build!