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Engineering World Health (EWH) is a non-profit organization founded in 2002, with offices in Washington, DC and Durham, North Carolina. Its goal is to inspire, educate and empower the biomedical engineering community - especially bioengineers just embarking on their careers -- to improve healthcare delivery in the developing world. Since 2004, EWH has run 8-to 9-week long Summer Institutes in partnership with faculty at Duke University and Texas A&M University. In January 2015, EWH ran its first 3 week Winter Institute in partnership with George Mason University and Rochester Institute of Technology. The Summer & Winter Institutes bring carefully selected and trained undergraduate and graduate students to countries in Central America and Africa to fix broken medical equipment. Since 2004, nearly 500 engineering students have participated in EWH Institutes.

Program details:
Engineering undergraduate students from two U.S. universities: George Mason University in Virginia and Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, will be placed in hospitals in Guatemala for 3 weeks of work in January. EWH partners with faculty from each institution. Each school offers a special projects course or extracurricular trainings during the fall semester which students hoping to attend the Guatemala Winter Institute will be required to take. In these courses, students will be taught diagnostic, problem-solving skills in electrical and biomedical engineering, and receive hands-on training and practice troubleshooting commonly found electrical and medical equipment. Students will then travel to Guatemala during winter break to work with EWH hospital partners in the Western mountainous and coastal cities of Quetzaltenango (Xela), Totonicapan, Retalhuleu, Mazatenango and Coatepeque. Students will live with homestay families in these towns. EWH will provide experienced staff members who will work daily with and directly supervise the students.

Contact the faculty-director, Iris Asllani (, to inquire about next year's program.


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