Meet Nestor. A recent Drexel University graduate who will be assisting us in closing out our international design project in El Salvador. Nestor has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. in Materials Engineering making him a highly qualified addition to our EWB family. He is currently the Sr. composites engineer at Terrafugia.


Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is an international humanitarian engineering group that serves our global neighbors in the developing world; those who need it most. We provide the basics of life such as water and shelter, using appropriate and sustainable technology. More importantly though, we help people help themselves. Our unique model includes a rigorous technical and cultural assessment, community involvement, and a five-year commitment to each community we are privileged to serve. Dedicated professionals and aspiring college students form the backbone of EWB, with invaluable help from corporations, Non-Government Organizations, and other supporters. EWB at Drexel is a great way for students to hone and apply their skills to real problems, gain unique experience and become socially and globally conscious. Students of nearly all majors are needed and welcome; business, arts, sociology, engineering, and more. Our mission is to serve, but the benefits for all involved, at any level, are undeniable.

Foundation History

Dr. Richard A. Cairncross

Drexel Chapter Professional Mentor

PhD in Chemical Engineering

Russ Turner

Philadelphia Chapter Professional Mentor

Founded in 2002 in Colorado, Engineers without Borders ™ Organization (EWB-USA) is a registered non-profit 501(c)3.

Engineers Without Borders – Drexel (EWB-DREXEL) is a non-profit humanitarian organization established to partner with developing communities worldwide in order to improve their quality of life. This partnership involves the implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while involving and training internationally responsible engineers and engineering students.

our leadership team

volunteering Abroad - Nestor Castaneda  

Jose David Blanco Hernandez

Drexel Chapter Professional Mentor

"As a civil engineer, I knew that there had to be something I could do. This was a prime example of how an emerging leader comes to life." -  

Dr. Bernard Amadei,  EWB-USA Founder

Our founder

Mathew Vankouwenberg

Drexel Chapter Professional Mentor

MS in Chemical Engineering

Master Teacher - Dragons Teach Program

On campus Advisors