About Us

Our Mission

Engineers in Action‘s (EIA) mission is to work with indigenous professionals to improve the lives of people in need through sustainable programs that build their capacity, while also helping to develop global awareness among program participants.

EIA’s Bridge Program empowers today’s students to become tomorrow’s global leaders by building bridges with underserved communities.

The Vision

EIA’s vision is to become a holistic organization of caring professionals working to build local capacity and a sense of dignity and hope in communities all over the world.

EIA’s Bridge Program envisions a world in which global citizens connect across cultures to improve quality of life and ensure geography doesn’t determine access to opportunity.

The Need

The bridges created by EIA address the need for transportation in these rural areas. They often provide access to educational facilities, healthcare, and markets, all places that a community needs to flourish.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Chapter was established in order to participate in the humanitarian cause of EIA’s Bridge Program. We are undergraduate and graduate students with different skills that come together to help design, fund and build a bridge.

The Results
  • 77 footbridges built in 11 countries.
  • 32 university chapters engaged.
  • Empowerment of hundreds of university students and nearly 150,000 community members.

Chapter Diversity

Our chapter at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has gender representation, with a 4:5 female to male ratio and a female chapter founder!


Enough About Us, Let’s Talk About You

How can you get involved?

  • Donate. Your donation allows us to connect people and create safe access around the world. Every dollar counts towards the empowerment of underserved communities and the students who work alongside them, striving for a brighter future for all.
  • Join. If you are currently a student at our University or any university that has a chapter, reach out to get involved!
  • Become part of Bridge Corps. Building footbridges is a lot of work and our student chapters are always seeking additional support. That’s why we’ve created a professional volunteer branch called “Bridge Corps” to help with everything from preparation to implementation.
  • If you are at a university that does not have an EIA Bridge program, contact EIA and start a chapter!


We’d love to chat! Email us at eiabridgesuiuc@gmail.com!


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