We are a multidisciplinary, student-run organization with the purpose of making an impact on our local and global community by volunteering all around the globe.
While the national organization of EWB has been around since 2001, our chapter at WMU started in the spring of 2016 and is continuously growing.
Our program helps students to develop skills in various engineering fields and beyond, while simultaneously making a tremendous impact on those in need.
Our chapter has a variety of majors represented among our members including:
-Engineering Design Technology -Manufacturing Engineering Technology
Our current meeting time is 7:30-8:30 pm on Thursdays at the Parkview campus in C-124
Nathaniel Althouse is a third-year student at Western Michigan University studying Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. He has been a member of EWB since the Spring of 2019. He spent the later half of that semester filling in as the Marketing and Membership Coordinator before officially becoming the Treasurer during that semester’s elections.
Nathaniel grew up in the city of Howell, MI and has always had a passion for technology. Using innovations within the field of engineering as a guideline, he believes that all people can learn to live with a higher quality of life than previously possible. When he is not taking classes or looking to help people, Nathaniel also enjoys playing and creating video games as well as board games with his family and friends.
Turner Slaughter is the current President of the Engineers Without Borders at Western Michigan University (EWB WMU). He is a senior studying Chemical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, with minors in Chemistry, Global Studies, and Spanish. He has been with the chapter since its founding in 2015 when he signed on as the treasurer. He has worked hard ever since to help make the chapter what it is today.
During his time with EWB WMU he has served on both the local and international project teams. For the local project team, he worked to help build the solar food dehydrators project for the Gibbs House at WMU. As a part of the international project team he has traveled to the San Antonio de Upa community as a part of the assessment trip for their clean drinking water project. This was the first time that the new EWB WMU chapter had ever traveled internationally. Turner served as the Health and Safety Officer (HSO) for the trip.
Turner has also done many things outside of the EWB WMU chapter. He served as Vice President of the WMU chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He worked with Dr. James Springstead on his research into the early stages of heart disease. He has also studied abroad to learn Spanish in Quito, Ecuador and Mandarin Chinese in Beijing, China. All of these experiences have helped him to become a valuable member of the chapter.
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Emma Dubensky is a Junior, Studying Civil Engineering. She has been a member of EWB since the fall of 2016. She spent a semester as secretary before taking on the role of Vice President and now is the chapter president. Emma is involved in all three committees within our chapter of EWB. Emma grew up in the Jackson, MI area with her incredibly supportive parents and brother. She now lives in Kalamazoo year round. When Emma isn’t busy with EWB, classes, church or work, she enjoys hunting and fishing.
Micah Angus is a junior at WMU studying mechanical engineering and minoring in mathematics. Micah joined EWB WMU at the beginning of 2019. Micah is from Clarkston, a small town from the east side of the state. She currently works at the college of engineering and applied sciences as a student ambassador. When she’s not in school or working you will find her working on cars, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, or showing livestock animals. She has a passion for helping people, learning new things, and figuring out how things work. When she graduates she would like to go into the defense technology field working on engineering tanks and combat vehicle engines.
International Project Lead
Emily Stypinski is a fourth year student at Western Michigan University studying Chemical Engineering. She is the newest addition to the EWB e-board and she is excited to be a part of an exceptional team working towards a great cause.
Prior to moving to Kalamazoo for college, Emily grew up in a suburb of Chicago. She enjoys exploring new cities, venturing into the wilderness, and learning fun facts about science. With a passion for both engineering and helping people she hopes to contribute to EWB's vision of empowering communities through assisting them in meeting basic needs and conquering challenges.