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Engineers without borders - providing clean drinking water

Dr Craig Dolder has a background of aid work with a goal of providing clean water to low and middle-income countries (LMIC).

Carrying sand for water tank foundations
Craig and Andre Dukalev carrying sand for water tank foundations


During his undergraduate studies at The University of Hartford, he was a founding member of the local engineers without borders (EWB) chapter. The chapter was founded around a project to provide clean drinking water to a girl’s school in a small village named Abhepur in the Indian state of Haryana.

Clean water tanks
Finished water tanks installed at girl's school




Craig worked on the project in his junior design class and mentored the next year’s class as they refined the design. In December of his senior year, Craig travelled to India with EWB. The team consisted of five students, one professional geologist, and a university professor. The project guided the drilling of a well, the revitalization of one other well, and the start of what would become a sanitation awareness program.


Abheypur resident carrying water back to her home
Abheypur resident carrying water back to her home







Since this initial project Craig has played a supporting role in EWB clean water projects for Cameron and Peru through the Greater Austin Chapter of the EWB while pursuing his PhD at The University of Texas.

He also unintentionally obtained first-hand experience of the need for clean water and the danger of AMR by contracting a multiply antibiotic resistant strain of shigella sonnei. It was only after three months and many rounds of antibiotics that he was able to get rid of dysentery caused by the bug.

NAMRIP Member Dr Craig Dolder, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment

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