Article Archive

  • Published March 24, 2014

    We're changing the name of our flagship education initiative - the Wicked Problems in Sustainable Engineering Initiative (WPSE) - just a bit, to the Wicked Problems in Sustainability Initiative (WPSI). Same tongue-in-cheek pronunciation, same general approach, but hopefully a broader base of potential partners, and a more accurate name for what we're trying to do.

  • Published March 17, 2014


    Show off what makes your chapter great in the first national ESW Photo Contest, sponsored by the ESW National Team!

  • Published March 12, 2014

    ESW merchandise has been on our list of requests from chapters and members for a while now, and we're pleased to test the waters with four core products: water bottles, t-shirts, polos, and stickers. You can pre-order these for delivery to your chapter or pick-up at the Conference by going here, or read on for more details.

  • Published March 11, 2014

    A few weeks ago, the University of California Merced’s Engineers for a Sustainable World chapter (ESW-UC Merced) was invited to showcase their solar tractor at the 47th annual World Ag Expo in Tulare, California.  Indicative of the many issues with it, the tractor experienced an electrical short somewhere in it

  • Published February 8, 2014

    This February/March the ESW book club - based around the NY Capitol Professional Chapter - will be reading The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century, by Dickson Despommier. Feeding the World looks at the potential for urban farming in vertical, sky scraper like, structures to address to many of the environmental problems caused by modern agriculture. Discussions will take place digitally via ESW's subreddit
  • Published February 6, 2014

    Image from Solidworks.comThe Projects and Education members with ESW National have put together a series of four skills webinars aimed at helping our chapter members be succesful

  • Published January 14, 2014

    In August of 2013, we announced a new partnership with Open Source Ecology, an amazing organization seeking to design and build 50 common machines used in civilization for lower cost and more sustainably than current methods allow.
  • Published January 13, 2014

    It's [belated] recap season for most organizations (and most people), and also the time when many people talk about their resolutions or goals for the year. In that spirit, I'd like to showcase a few of the accomplishments ESW-National has made during the last year in numerical form:

  • Published December 3, 2013

  • Published November 19, 2013

    ESW-MWSU-1.jpgESW chapter at Midwestern State University (MWSU) has accomplished extraordinary growth.

  • Published November 18, 2013

    The core of the problem is this: I don’t like what activist means to most people right now, I don’t like how activism works right now, and I find the contrast between PowerShift and the ESW-Pitt RegConf fascinating.
  • Published November 17, 2013

    It's always exciting when we get new chapters. It's particularly exciting when we get several at once. In the last week, we've gotten official paperwork from no less than three new schools, all from passionate groups at smaller engineering programs. 

  • Published November 13, 2013

    The second Inter-Chapter Challenge (ICC) will be held at the 2014 ESW-National Conference, to be hosted at Northwestern University on April 10th-13th, 2014. Participating chapters will build an inexpensive device that will be judged based on design & construction, function, and completion of several trials. The theme for this year’s ICC is boats.

  • Published November 10, 2013

    ESW is growing stronger with new

  • Published November 6, 2013

    We're 80% of the way through the pilot semester of our Wicked Problems in Sustainable Engineering (WPSE) Intiative. We're excited by the success so far, looking forward to discussing the program at Northwestern in the spring and ASEE next summer, and are now looking for the next round of participants!

  • Published November 6, 2013

    Conference Attendees in the LEED Gold Engineering Building!This past weekend was the second of our first year of regional conferences, hosted by the University of Pittsburgh Chapter.

  • Published October 23, 2013

    ESW-MDC Solar Smoothie Cart 1As the second largest institution of higher education in the United States, Miami Dade College (MDC) hosts of one of the only two ESW chapters in Florida.

  • Published October 22, 2013

    ESW and Sustainable Minds are pleased to announce the 2013-2014 edition of the Life Cycle Assessment + Universities (LCA+U) challenge, which invites student teams to design more sustainable alternatives to current campus activities using Sustainable Mind’s LCA software. 

  • Published October 22, 2013

    Two weeks ago we had our first ever Regional Conference, hosted by ESW-RPI. Representatives from five schools were present – RPI, Smith, Stevens, RIT, and Pitt – and got to build connections and learn from a great set of speakers.
  • Published October 16, 2013

    Read our Strategic Plan - it's been a long time coming. After years of fits and starts, months of writing, and more months of formatting, we're pleased to release our 5 year strategic plan for ESW-National.