New Belgium Brewing Tour with EWB

Asheville Engineers Without Borders invites anyone who is interested in learning more about the organization, the work we do, and volunteer opportunities to join us for a behind the scenes tour of New Belgium Brewing on June 9th at 11:30 am.  Engineers Without Borders is not just for engineers; anyone is welcome to join!  We have a limited number of spots available, so reserve yours quickly by contacting ewb.ash@gmail.com

21 Craven Street, Asheville, NC 28806

CHANGE OF LOCATION – Re: Our next meeting is TODAY! Asheville Engineers Without Borders

Dear supporters of Asheville Engineers Without Borders,

We are back to the normal schedule with our monthly meetings (5:30pm on the 3rd Monday of each month).

Join us TODAY May 20th at 5:30pm at the Salvage Station

https://www.salvagestation.com/
Address: 466 Riverside Drive
Asheville, NC * 28804

Join us if you can 🙂

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Benji Burrell
Business and Technology Engineer
(828) 283-0744 office, (804) 662-0964 mobile
benji@benjiburrell.com
Website • LinkedIn

“Be the change you wish to see in the world” — Mahatma Gandhi

Cancelled: EWB meeting for April 15 2019

Dear supporters of Asheville Engineers Without Borders,

We are skipping our April meeting originally scheduled for this coming Monday April 15, 2019.

Hope to see y’all on Monday, May 20th!

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Benji Burrell
Business and Technology Engineer
(828) 283-0744 office, (804) 662-0964 mobile
benji@benjiburrell.com
Website • LinkedIn
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” — Mahatma Gandhi

Our next meeting is TODAY!

Dear supporters of Asheville Engineers Without Borders,

Our next meeting is today, Monday March 18th at 5:30pm at Jack of the Wood in Asheville.
Hope you can join us 🙂
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Jack of the Wood
Comfortable Irish public house offering handcrafted ales, locally sourced pub grub & live music.
95 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
https://jackofthewood.com/

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Benji Burrell
Business and Technology Engineer
(828) 283-0744 office, (804) 662-0964 mobile
benji@benjiburrell.com
Website • LinkedIn
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” — Mahatma Gandhi

Our next meeting is Monday Feb 18th at 5:30pm at Jack of the Wood in Asheville.

Dear supporters of Asheville Engineers Without Borders,

Our next meeting is Monday Feb 18th at 5:30pm at Jack of the Wood in Asheville.
Hope to see you Monday!
— 
Jack of the WoodComfortable Irish public house offering handcrafted ales, locally sourced pub grub & live music.95 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
https://jackofthewood.com/

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Benji Burrell
Business and Technology Engineer
(828) 283-0744 office, (804) 662-0964 mobile
benji@benjiburrell.com
Website • LinkedIn
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” — Mahatma Gandhi

Engineer’s Week Joint Society Banquet

Thursday 2/21/2019

6:00 PM
The Cloud Room – Wedge at Foundation
5 Foundy Street
Asheville, NC 28801
 
Presentation from Ms. Kimber Jones, Biltmore Estate Environmental Programs Coordinator
Ms. Jones will present Biltmore Estate’s environmental and sustainability efforts, including the solar, recycling and biodiesel production programs, as well as the new Behind the Scenes Agriculture and Sustainability Tour.
 
Cost is $30 per person
Catering from 12 Bones Smokehouse
 
Limited to 50 attendees, so be sure to RSVP.
Please RSVP to Matt Fogleman (mfogleman@ecslimited.com)

Looking for Volunteers for MATHCOUNTS!

The past three years, our EWB chapter has volunteered to host the “countdown round” for the Western Carolina MATHCOUNTS competition. This year it is Saturday, Feb 2 from 12:00 to 3:30 at TC Roberson high school in Arden. Vinnie Sullivan and Chirs Gilbert have agreed to volunteer this year and we’re looking for at least a couple more volunteers to help set-up, run, and break-down the “game show”-like math question tournament. This is a fun distraction for the nearly 200 middle school students to participate in while their tests are graded and winners announced. All the materials are provided. 


For those that volunteer, we will convene at the South Asheville Thirsty Monk following the tournament for a free round of beers and pretzels. 
Please email Vinnie Sullivan (sullivan.vincent@gmail.com) and Chris Gilbert (cfgilbert@bellsouth.net) if you can make it.


More information about MATHCOUNTS can be found here: MATHCOUNTS | Fun Math Competition and Club Programs for Middle School Students

Slideshow, Videos, and Meeting on Monday

Dear supporters of Asheville Engineers Without Borders,

We are back to the normal schedule with our monthly meetings (3rd Monday of each month).

Our next meeting is Monday January 21st at 5:30pm at Jack of the Wood in Asheville.
We will have photos, videos, and reports of the recent trip to Kenya to share with everyone. 

Hope to see you Monday!
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Jack of the WoodComfortable Irish public house offering handcrafted ales, locally sourced pub grub & live music.95 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

https://jackofthewood.com/

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Benji BurrellBusiness and Technology Engineer
(828) 283-0744 office, (804) 662-0964 mobile
benji@benjiburrell.com

Website • LinkedIn
“Be the change you wish to see in the world” — Mahatma Gandhi

“Mysteries Of Peru 2: The Crystal Crisis” Escape Adventure Game January 26th – a Fundraiser for Tri-Cities Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders

Mysteries Of Peru 2: The Crystal Crisis
A unique Escape Adventure Game as a fundraiser for the Engineers Without Borders-USA Tri-Cities Professional Chapter. This is a sequel to the Mysteries of Peru: The Curse of Aramu Muru game, but no knowledge of the previous game is required to play this game.

To buy tickets for the January 26th, 2018 event, visit: https://mysteriesofperu2019.brownpapertickets.com

Story:

Eldrite – a small secluded village in Peru that holds a big secret; near this village is the Spring of Life, which houses the fabled Water Crystal, a crystal orb that is the source of all water flow in Peru. The path to the Spring of Life has been sealed for ages by the magic of seven mystical gems to protect the Water Crystal from those who might try and steal it for their own desiresuntil now

The great Encantado has stolen one of the magical gems and plans to enter the Spring of Life and steal the Water Crystal, placing the entire country of Peru in peril. Can you, the six remaining chosen gem bearers, learn the secrets of the magical gems and find a way to stop Encantado to save Peru? Only one hour remains

Rules and Information:

  1. Doors open 30 minutes before each start time.
  2. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled game time.
  3. Please be aware that players who arrive after the start time may not be allowed entry in order to ensure a quality game experience for others.
  4. In this style of Escape Adventure Game, 6 people form a single team. Multiple teams will share the space at the same time, but they do not compete or interact.
  5. There is a possibility that groups of 5 may get split up into groups of 2 and 3 depending on seat availability. Arrive early to maximize your chances of staying together.
  6. Even if you have group of 6 that show up at the door, you may get split up depending on table availability. We will try to accommodate this in advance, but please arrive early to secure a table for your team. Full teams of 6 that pre-register online will have tables reserved for them together.
  7. Basic reading and writing along with the ability to solve logic puzzles are needed to fully enjoy the game, so the minimum age of 10 was suggested. Teams may include younger members if they so choose, as the age requirement was not related to appropriateness of content.
  8. Each of the three game times available for Mysteries of Peru 2 will be running the same game, so to fully enjoy the event and not spoil the experience for others, we ask that you only register for one game time.

To buy tickets for the January 26th, 2018 event, visit: https://mysteriesofperu2019.brownpapertickets.com

Siaya County, Kenya: December 21, 2018

I slept until Benji woke me 20 minutes before our driver was scheduled to arrive to take us to breakfast.  I had a minor meltdown because I had planned to wear a dress and flip flops to the ceremony, but the Health and Safety Officer, aka Benji, put the kibosh on that plan, because, needles.   I begrudgingly put on my usual pants and closed-toed shoes and regained my composure quickly; luckily the driver was 30 minutes late so all was well – or, “sowa sowa” in Swahili.    

George met us and we quickly ate breakfast before heading to the hospital for the 9:00 commissioning ceremony.  True to “Kenyan time”, 10:15 rolled around and we were still waiting on the start of the program. People were trickling in the entire time and by the time the Minister of Health arrived, we had a full house.  

Before I get to the ceremony, I must acknowledge one small detail: Fridays are the day that families come to pick up the bodies of their loved ones from the hospital mortuary. The ceremony/incinerator site is located directly behind the mortuary.  The stench was overwhelming at times, and throughout the ceremony we tried to ignore the sounds of celebrating and mourning families as they arrived to collect bodies. Our view was thankfully obscured by a wall but it did little to deter our awareness of what was transpiring.

The ceremony began with Gottfried as MC – the appropriate choice, as he is the biggest man – a gentle giant who was annoyed with us the first day but who was a friend by the end of the week.  The program allowed for several speakers, including Andrew Hongo, Anthony Kibunja, George, and of course Benji. Following the Minister’s remarks, the ribbon was cut.  Abraham, the youngest of the Evolving Technologies engineers, officially switched the switch, the incinerator lit, and the commissioning was complete!

We all celebrated with lunch together at the County Club, then returned to the hospital for a final tour of some areas we had not yet gotten to see.  These included the operating “theaters”, the dental unit, the eye ward, the TB ward, the HIV support ward, the prosthetics workshop, the hospice and palliative care ward, and the autoclave sterilization room.  It is amazing just how much goes on at the hospital that isn’t apparent upon first glimpse!

The team gathered one final time for debriefing, per George’s command, and we all went around and shared our impressions.  Everyone shared their initial skepticism of the project, based on literally years of “talking” without perceived action; as well as their excitement and gratitude that the project actually came to fruition.  I got to share how impressed I am at the openness and kindness of everyone we have met, and how we have made lifelong friends. Everyone else shared a similar sentiment. It truly felt like the end of a family reunion – one during which a mission was set, worked toward, and achieved by working together.  In one Kenyan word: harambee.

Kathryn Blount
Asheville Engineers Without Borders Chapter Secretary