About Us

About Us

EWB-KC Professional Chapter can be reached by snail mail at:


c/o Adam Byrnes
214 E. Armour Blvd.
Apt. 702
Kansas City, MO 64111

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EWB-KC 2014 Officers:

adam President: Adam Byrnes – Burns & McDonnell

Adam is a recent University of Missouri grad who has been a member of EWB since 2009. During that time he has had the opportunity to work with a great team to successfully rehabilitate a water treatment plant just outside of the capitol of Honduras. Currently he works at Burns & McDonnell in their OnSite Energy and Power group.


dan1Vice President: Dan Kienitz – Black & Veatch

Dan Kienitz graduated in 2008 and 2010 with his BS and MS in Civil Engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology. While in school, he worked on projects in Guatemala and Haiti for the student EWB chapter. He currently works for Black & Veatch as a Structural Engineer in the Energy Division. When away from work, he enjoys cooking/barbequing and going to different sporting events.


lauraSecretary: Laura Kaiser – Black & Veatch

Laura Kaiser obtained her civil engineering degree from the University of Kansas, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Kansas and Missouri. She has worked as a highway design engineer in various regional transportation projects for HNTB. She currently works as a design engineer in Black and Veatch's telecommunications division, upgrading cellular sites in the region for AT&T. Laura is proficient in Spanish and has travelled extensively in Mexico and Central America.


patrickTreasurer: Patrick Dunlap – Black & Veatch

[Picture] Patrick received his BS in Civil Engineering at North Dakota State in 2009 and his MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. He currently works at Black &Veatch as a Wastewater Process Specialist. He has been involved in the EWB-KC Chapter for 2 years and has been a mentor for the UMKC Chapter on both their projects in the Dominican Republic and their current project in Panama.


jaciUniversity Chapter Liaison: Jaci Ferguson – EPA

Jaci has worked at the U.S. EPA as an environmental engineer in various programs - drinking water and watershed management, emergency planning and community response (EPCRA), and Superfund. She has also served in the U.S. Army Reserves as an environmental engineer, participating in several international humanitarian missions focusing on community health issues.



nateLocal Projects Chair: Nate Kautzer – Brightergy Solar Solutions

Nate is from Wisconsin and studied electrical engineering at the University of Wisconsin Madison and also has a Professional Certificate in Renewable Energy from CU-Boulder. He currently works for Brightergy Solar Solutions in Kansas City. He enjoys coaching basketball, volunteering at dog shelters, and cooking.



karenLearning Partnership & Education Liaison: Karen Dietze – Black & Veatch

Karen Marie Dietze is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering Program, and currently works as a Civil Engineer with Black & Veatch's Water Division. Karen has experience in hydraulic analysis, design of desalination process systems, underground piping design, civil/site work and application of prevention-through-design for project phases ranging from conceptual to detailed design. Karen has been involved with Engineers Without Borders since 2010 at the University of Texas at Austin, and now as a member of the Kansas City Professionals Chapter.


nancyFundraising Chair: Nancy Liang – Trinity Consultants

Nancy joined EWB-KC in 2011 shortly after she moved to Kansas City. She earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Kansas, and is now working as an environmental consultant for Trinity Consultants. Nancy is serving as the fundraising chair this year. She can't wait to put on fun events to promote our group and help raise funding for the upcoming international projects. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and learning more about different cultures through their food. She is always on the lookout for good Chinese food that reminds her of home!



Engineers Without Borders – USA partners with developing communities to improve their quality of life by implementing environmentally sustainable, equitable and economical engineering projects, while developing a future generation of internationally responsible professional engineers and engineering students.

Dubbed the “Blueprint Brigade,” by Time Magazine, EWB-USA grew from little more than a handful of members in 2002 to over 12,000 today.  EWB-USA has over 350 projects in over 45 developing countries around the world including water, renewable energy, sanitation and more.  These projects are completed in partnership with local communities and NGOs. EWB-USA helps create a more stable and prosperous world by addressing people's basic human needs by providing necessities such as clean water, power, sanitation and education.

EWB-USA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation created under the laws of the State of Colorado, USA.  http://www.ewb-usa.org/

The Kansas City Professional Chapter (EWB-KC) chapter of EWB-USA was formed in August of 2006 and includes professionals from throughout the Kansas City metropolitan area. The group is mostly composed of many different disciplines of engineers, scientists, technicians, however membership is open to all. The projects we work on have solutions that are only partially technical in nature, so we encourage all non-engineers to join. We need your help!

EWB-KC members have been involved in international projects in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Haiti in addition to working on local projects in the Kansas City area. Additionally, EWB-KC strives to provide support and technical mentors for surrounding EWB Midwest student chapters working on their own projects.
The story is simple and inspiring. It was 2000, in a Boulder, Colorado backyard. Two men, Angel Tzec, a landscaper and representative of the Belize Ministry of Agriculture and Bernard Amadei, a Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder met by chance and a friendship born. Small talk led to big change. Tzec invited his new friend, Dr. Amadei to visit his village in San Pablo, Belize, which was desperately in need of clean water.

There was no electricity, running water or sanitation. Dr. Amadei was stunned to see little children carrying water all day long from a nearby river. "I knew that, as a civil engineer, there had to be something I could do." Was it fate? Or just a prime example of how an emerging leader comes to life?
Amadei returned with eight University of Colorado-Boulder students and Denis Walsh, a civil engineering expert from Boulder, Colorado. By working together with the local community, this team installed a clean water system powered by a local waterfall. Simple, sustainable and low-cost, the entire project was completed for $14,000. As he harnessed the power of water, Dr. Amadei decided to harness the power of professional and student engineers to complete similar low-tech, high-impact projects in other developing countries. It was a success and the beginning of Engineers Without Borders USA.

Since its incorporation in 2002, EWB-USA has grown from approximately eight engineering students and a civil engineering professor to an organization of over 12,000 students, faculty and professionals. Today, EWB-USA's membership continues to grow, limited only by the organization's infrastructure and ability to ensure the quality and sustainability of the community programs.

Dominican Republic Medical Partnership

drmpIt all started in the mid 90’s with a compassionate nurse who visited the Dominican Republic and saw a way to make a difference in the lives of thousands. She convinced a retired doctor from the Village Presbyterian Church that teams of volunteers could take life saving medical care and education to some of the poorest people in the western hemisphere and all involved would be richer for it.  The DRMP sponsors medical and surgical teams who provide primary health care to the batey communities in the Dominican Republic province of La Romana.  Their programs, grounded in a community health care promoter program--providing training and support for people who live in these small villages to help care for their neighbors.  These programs are designed to address everything from childhood malnutrition to family planning to disease prevention.


Heart to Heart International

h2hintHeart to Heart International has been creating a healthier world since 1992. Whether we are providing medical education, delivering medical aid to a hospital and clinic, responding to people in crisis or addressing community-health concerns around the world, Heart to Heart has one big goal: Making the world a healthier place to live and work.


maisonlogoMaison de Naissance

The mission of Maison de Naissance is to improve health for mothers and babies in impoverished communities.  In Haiti, the services of a modern maternity center and community health program are offered from the hospitality of a safe, culturally appropriate, welcoming, and friendly home:  a home for birth - Maison de Naissance.


Jean Luc Phanord

Jean Luc Phanord founded the Jean Luc Phanord Foundation to improve the lives of people living in impovershed areas near La Romana in the Dominican Republic.  The Foundation focuses on basic needs such as dependable healthcare, education, and clean water.  The Foundation works with EWB and several other nonprofit organizations to construct churches, schools, and other infrastructure.



We are leaders. We stand 12,000 strong. With 350 projects in over 45 developing countries, Engineers Without Borders USA has changed the lives of millions of people around the world.
Our VISION is a world in which the communities we serve have the capacity to sustainably meet their basic human needs, and that our members have enriched global perspectives through the innovative professional educational opportunities that the EWB-USA program provides.

IMG 0168Our MEMBERSHIP consists of professionals and students from a variety of professions including engineering, public health, anthropology and business. Through its projects and programs, EWB-USA provides innovative professional educational opportunities that provide a global perspective. We are passionate people, with over 250 dedicated chapters, including university chapters on more than 180 campuses throughout the United States.

Our MISSION -- EWB-USA supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders.

EWB-USA has chosen the delivery of smaller scale infrastructure projects within an overall community program framework as its program delivery model. At its core, the EWB-USA model is rooted in practical engineering solutions. However, in order to be successful, program designers must consider a wide range of inputs from the socio-cultural dimensions of the community to local project ownership and other requirements for long-term project viability. EWB-USA programs are full partnerships with a host community and one or more local non-governmental organizations (NGOs). EWB-USA members train local community members and local NGOs to successfully monitor and maintain the projects. It is these partnerships which form the basis of a long-term relationship in order to assure the basic infrastructure needs of the community are met and will remain sustainable long after direct chapter involvement ends.

Our PASSION is to make a difference. We are the emerging leaders on your campus, in your office, within your community, your neighbor, your son or daughter, YOU!

Learn more about EWB-USA and our Strategic Plan.

By becoming a member of EWB-USA, you are joining a network of thousands of volunteers committed to making a difference in the lives of those around the globe. Get started now and be a part of the global effort. Become a member today!

Engineers Without Borders - USA (EWB-USA) 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.