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Engineers Without Borders Student Chapter Visits Vietnam

Engineers Without Borders Student Chapter Visits Vietnam

November 18, 2016

Desert & Water Research

A student delegation from the BGU chapter of Engineers Without Borders has returned from a pilot trip to Vietnam to explore long-term collaborations in the fields of water treatment, wastewater, alternative energy, and more.

Engineers Without Borders in an international organization that aims to improve the quality of life for disadvantaged communities in developing countries through the implementation of simple environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects.

The BGU delegation was comprised of Sharon Kvatinsky, Maya Schers and Zeev Konshtat from the Avram and Stella Goldstein-Goren Department of Biotechnology Engineering, and Inbar Gordon and Yaniv Peretz from the Department of Industrial Management and Engineering.

Main canal sampled by Maya

Student Maya Schers takes a water sample from a local canal in Vietnam’s Long-An province

The students toured two sites. First was the delta area of the Mekong River in the province of Long-An in the south, an area plagued by floods and oversalinized and polluted water sources. This was followed by a trip to the town of Tam-Ky in the center of the country, which faces similar health and water issues.

The delegation collaborated with faculty and students from the Industrial University of Ho Chi Minh City and with members of UN-Habitat. The mission included an engineering assessment of problems related to water supply and wastewater treatment and disposal.

The students will use the knowledge and experience gained in these communities as the basis for future activities in Vietnam and other developing countries. They will also use what they learned to improve water sources in the Negev, especially in low income Bedouin villages.