Guest Lecture Bernard Amadei, Founder of Engineers Without Borders - "Global Engineering for a Small Planet, A Vision of Success"

Friday, May 15, 2015
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Chesebrough Auditorium, 2121 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
The University of Michigan Department of Mechanical Engineering welcomes Dr. Bernard Amadei, Professor, University of Colorado and Founder, Engineers Without Borders, for the 2015 Michael Korybalski Distinguished Lecture and reception.  Please RSVP and register for this event: ummecheng.in/korybalski2015
 
Abstract
In the next two decades, almost two billion additional people are expected to populate the Earth, 95% of them in developing or underdeveloped countries. This growth will create unprecedented demands for energy, food, land, water, transportation, materials, waste disposal, earth moving, health care, environmental cleanup, telecommunication, and infrastructure. The role of engineers will be critical in fulfilling those demands at various scales, ranging from remote small communities to large urban areas, and mostly in the developing world. A simple question arises: Do today’s engineering graduates
and engineers have the skills and tools to address the global problems that our planet and humans are facing today, or will be facing within the next 20 years?
 
Since the answer to that question is negative and we cannot solve tomorrow’s problems with yesterday’s tools and skills, a new epistemology of engineering practice and education is needed; one that is based on the idea of reflective and adaptive practice, system thinking, engagement, and a holistic approach to global problems. This new form of engineering education and practice must be designed to cover a wide range of technical and non-technical issues in order to train global citizen engineers and whole persons, capable of operating in a multi-cultural world. As we enter the first half of the 21st
century, the engineering profession must embrace a new mission statement—to contribute to the building of a more sustainable, stable, and equitable world.
 
Biography
Dr. Amadei is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his PhD in 1982 from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Amadei holds the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering and served as Faculty Director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for DevelopingCommunities from 2009-2012. He is also the FoundingPresident of Engineers Without Borders - USA and the co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International network. Among other distinctions, Dr. Amadei is the 2007 co-recipient of the Heinz Award for the Environment; the recipient of the 2008 ENR Award of Excellence; the 2015 Washington and ASCE OPAL awards; an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering; and an elected Senior Ashoka Fellow. He holds five honorary doctoral degrees (UMass Lowell; Carroll College; Clarkson, Drexel, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute). In 2013 and 2014, Dr. Amadei served asa Science Envoy to Pakistan and Nepal for the U.S. Department of State.