Engineering World Health

Inspiring, educating and empowering.

Engineering World Health is a biomedical engineering community aiming to improve health care delivery in the developing world.

Engineering World Health unites engineering students from all disciplines to solve pressing healthcare challenges in developing communities. 

About Engineering World Health

Who we are

Engineering World Health (EWH) became a chapter at UNSW at the beginning of 2014. EWH UNSW is strongly connected to it's parent group - the international Engineering World Health organisation - and has direct access to everything students need to participate meaningfully in the global biomedical engineering community. We provide students with unique educational experiences whilst engaged in competitions, educational outreach challenges and life-changing missions to repair medical equipment in developing countries. Our education, outreach and hands-on projects exist to inspire and educate engineers to improve healthcare delivery in the developing world.

Major goals and achievements

  • Textbooks: We are producing a series of curriculum-based textbooks for biomedical engineering technicians training in Cambodia. One of our future projects involves creating new engineering textbooks for universities in developing countries. We are also working on creating and running workshops for university students.
  • Outreach Programs: We run a variety of programs at local high schools. Examples include a term-long project to build a prosthetic leg and day-long STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) workshops.
  • EWH International Design Competition: Designing, prototyping and submitting innovative designs for medical technology that can make a difference in low-resource settings. Our chapter was awarded first prize in 2016 for our Uninterruptible Surgical Lamp and third prize in 2015 for our Multi-Coloured LED Otoscope in the annual design competition.
  • Annual Summer Institute: Each year we support EWH members to travel to a developing country to diagnose and repair medical equipment. Students receive training and hands-on experience working in hospitals and clinics, while living with local families and working alongside local doctors, nurses and engineers.
Information for Students

Who we are looking for

EWH are looking for students who are passionate about making a positive impact to healthcase delivery worldwide.

EWH welcome students from all engineering disciplines and years. We do not expect anyone signing up to be capable of doing/knowing everything! It’s a learning process and the EWH community will provide a supportive environment throughout your learning experience.

Why you should join

  • By joining, you will vastly improved skill set – communication, teamwork, leadership, time management, research, designing, report writing, working with tools, coding, troubleshooting, problem solving are just a few of the skills you will develop at EWH!
  • Get AHEGS recognition on your transcript. This is a great addition to your resume as employers love to see this type of involvement with your university.
  • Receive opportunities to undertake programs in places such as Nepal, Cambodia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Tanzania and Rwanda. These programs can also count towards the industrial training component of your degree.
  • Be a part of a global network of biomedical engineers, scientist and professionals.
  • Receive an indescribable sense of achievement when you help those in need - a truly a life changing experience!
  • Be involved in a highly creative and innovative environment.
  • Get a taste of what it’s like to work in the biomedical field.
My Story - Chantelle Malacco

Chantelle Malacco, a Materials Science and Biomedical Engineering student at UNSW, joined EWH to use her skills to help others. 

"As a biomedical engineering student, I have always been passionate about using my skills for the benefit of other people. I joined Engineering World Health in my first year of university because it looked like the perfect opportunity to do just that! Since my first year I have been involved in writing a mathematics and diagnostics textbook designed for biomedical technicians in Cambodia and other developing nations. I have also been involved in designing and running outreach programs for high school students to teach and encourage them to to study engineering.

Being a part of EWH has taught me the importance of making the most of my education by using my knowledge and skills to help teach others. The education we receive at university is more than most people are able to access in developing world and so even as students we have the capability and capacity to forward that knowledge on to others. 

Being a part of EWH at UNSW gave me the opportunity to attend the EWH Summer Institute Program in Cambodia. Through this experience I learnt how to work across a cultural and language barrier. It also gave me a unique experience repairing medical equipment that I otherwise could not have had in Australia."

“Being a part of EWH has taught me the importance of making the most of my education by using my knowledge and skills to help teach others.”

Information for Sponsors

Can you help?

We are actively seeking sponsors to help us achieve our goals of training Australia’s top engineers, shaping the future of sustainable transport and inspiring the next generation of engineers still in school. Any support, whether it be in-kind material or machining, financial support or advice on our designs, is invaluable.

If you are interested in sponsoring any of our Student Projects, please contact our Student Projects Officer Stephanie Bagnell


What’s in it for you?

Each project creates different opportunities to make great things happen, such as:

  • Access to and engagement with USNW Engineering’s top students
  • Ability to trial students via UNSW Engineering’s Industrial Training Program
  • Networking opportunities with other industry partners, UNSW academic and research staff and UNSW’s top students
  • Advertise graduate positions directly to UNSW Engineering students
  • Media and branding opportunities
  • News items and photos for your internal communications promotion

Get in touch to find out more about each project's sponsorship opportunities.

UNSW Engineering's Student-Led Projects