Engineering World Health (EWH)



Who we are

This is a period of great change for Engineering World Health and we invite you to share in our excitement, participate in our programs and support our ability to improve health care in developing countries.

Contact the EWH Board to see what EWH can offer you!


Our mission

Engineering World Health inspires and mobilizes the biomedical engineering community to improve the quality of health care in vulnerable communities of the developing world. We achieve our mission through innovation and effective alliances with great partners.


Our vision

UIC Chapter Plans for 2013-2014

  • Kit Building sessions: We will be building Electro-surgery unit (ESU) testers, which is a rare and important tool for health care facilities in developing areas. These devices are used to create incisions via the use of high frequency electric current. It is essential to make sure the equipment is in working condition before use, but ESU tester are not readily available in developing countries. These devices typically cost $2,000, but EWH has created a tester that costs $18. For more information, contact Tanvi (
  • Design Team Projects: Students will be working in groups that include undergraduate and graduate students. These projects will be submitted to various competitions, like EWH design team competition, BMES design team competition, etc. The projects that we will be working on this year are:
    • Sterilizer Tester – Low cost device for testing steam sterilizers. The device will also measure the actual temperature reached inside the chamber, as well as how long that temperature has been maintained. The schematic for this device is available to us, and can be built and tested for further improvement. For more information, contact Ryan (
    • Stand-Alone Surgical Lamp – An inexpensive lamp made out of LEDs and foldable sheet of metal, powered by batteries or supercapacitors. It will consist of basic use of resistors and capacitors, ideal for underclassmen. For more information, contact Leon (
    • New Projects- If there is another project that you are interested in and would like to pursue, please contact Tim (

Engineering World Health will be recognized internationally as a leader in:

  • Developing and introducing novel health care technologies appropriate for resource-poor settings
  • Responding to the challenges of developing self-sustainability in maintaining and repairing medical technology in developing countries
  • Mobilizing the biomedical engineering community to improve the quality of health care in resource-poor settings
  • Providing students and volunteers with the life-changing experience of contributing to improving lives in vulnerable communities


Our values

We place high value on:

  • Finding workable solutions through innovation and creativity
  • Serving while learning from the most vulnerable communities
  • Promoting self-reliance
  • Balancing challenge and safety for students and volunteers


History (from

EWH was established by Bob Malkin and Mohammad Kiani, professors at the University of Memphis, in 2001 with the aim of improving the technological infrastructure in developing country clinics and hospitals. Under the leadership of Bob Malkin, now a Duke University professor, and with help from a handful of volunteers, EWH has initiated and grown several programs, among which a student summer program, an equipment design program and EWH chapters, are the most prominent.