Impact Engineers

Impact Engineers are a group of cross disciplinary humanitarian engineers aspiring to make a difference to the world’s developing communities. Impact Engineers currently focus their efforts in rural Sri Lanka however over the next three to five years, they will expand to launch projects across multiple developing countries.

About Impact Engineers

Who we are

We are a group of students from a variety of different backgrounds, coming together to work towards making a positive change to society. Our goal is to empower communities in need with the skills and assets to develop and sustain a better quality of life. A by-product of our efforts is a platform whereby future students will be involved in the innovation and management of humanitarian engineering projects.

Major goals and achievements

  • Completed a $20,000 water access project in Galwaduwagama, Sri Lanka which provides 2000+ residents with affordable clean drinking water. To read more about the incredible impact this initiative had on the local community, click here. 
  • Established a joint venture community-wide education program with the University of Peradeniya Engineers Without Borders and Sati Pasala Foundation.

Impact Engineers team in Sri Lanka with members of the local community

Pathuma: A Ray of Hope

Current Project

Impact Engineers are currently working with the Dharriwaa Elders Group (DEG), through the Yuwaya Ngarra-li partnership, to drought-proof the Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service (WAMS) Community Garden. The Garden is an important community asset to the Aboriginal Community in Walgett, and is one of the key WAMS programs working to improve the social determinants of health within the community. Impact Engineers are collaborating with the DEG, WAMS staff, UNSW Engineering and Built Environment faculties to work towards better community nutrition by increasing the capacity of the Community Garden to provide fresh produce to education providers, local shops and community members. The project also aims to improve accessibility to the Community Garden and promote social engagement and connection through use of the garden as a hub by the Young People and Elders.

Impact Engineers in Walgett

Information for Students

Impact Engineering team in Sri Lanka

Why you should join

Impact Engineers offers students the opportunity to get involved in a variety of fields and activities. From working with leading research groups at UNSW developing culturally appropriate technology to implementing a development program directly with the local community, the opportunities presented by Impact Engineers are vast and varied. Impact Engineers is an amazing way to gain hands-on practical experience within in a multi-disciplinary team.

Who we are looking for

Impact Engineers welcome students from all disciplines and years. Our projects require a diverse skill-set so students from all degree programs can make a positive contribution.

We are looking for committed, dedicated and hardworking students to work in a team environment to complete our project. 

My Story - Hiruni Walpola

Hiruni is a Renewable Energy Engineering and Commerce student at UNSW. Here is what she had to say about her experience so far at Impact Engineering:

“My love for my home country Sri Lanka and my intrinsic values to help those who are in need made me want to do something to give back to society. I decided to expand my horizons and turned to humanitarian engineering, getting involved with several initiatives at Humanitarians Without Borders in Sri Lanka and Pollinate Energy in India. Building on these experiences, I then joined a team who were working on project Pathuma: the aim of the project was to give those living in rural Sri Lanka access to clean water. Succeeding that, I had the opportunity to introduce and lead a joint venture for underprivileged societies, The Community Empowerment and Mindfulness Program. Working with Impact Engineers has not only given me the opportunity to gain hands-on experience practically applying my engineering skills to humanitarian projects, but it has also pushed me forward to greater heights. As a young humanitarian engineers, I aspire to spearhead and drive my vision to inspire humanity through sustainable development.”

“Working with Impact Engineers has not only given me the opportunity to gain hands-on experience practically applying my engineering skills to humanitarian projects, but it has also pushed me forward to greater heights.”

Impact Engineers Hiruni Walpola

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