Engineers Without Borders Founder Coming to Rose-Hulman

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The founding president of Engineers Without Borders will speak this month at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Bernard Amadei will discuss ways people can address global issues. He created the nonprofit in 2002 to pair college students with engineers to help with projects in developing countries. March 13, 2014

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Bernard Amadei, founding president of the Engineers Without Borders organization, will visit Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Tuesday, March 18, to make a presentation about how people can use their talents to address challenging global issues.

The event, free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. in the Kahn Rooms of the Hulman Memorial Student Union. It is being sponsored by Rose-Hulman’s Leadership Advancement Program (LAP) and Grand Challenges Group.

Amadei is the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering and a professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), which in 2008 developed the list of 14 worldwide Grand Challenges of Engineering, and he is working to educate engineering students to have a life-changing role in substantive, sustainable engineering projects in the developing world.

During his Rose-Hulman visit, Amadei will also meet with members of the institute’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB) student chapter and this year’s LAP student class.

In 2002, Amadei created Engineers Without Borders-USA (EWB-USA), a non-profit organization that pairs American college students with engineering professionals to create sustainable, lasting projects in developing countries. Currently, there are 13,800 members impacting the lives of more than 2.5 million people around the world, and an EBW-International network has established another 45 chapters.

Rose-Hulman EWB members recently completed a four-year project to expand the sanitary system and a health services clinic in Batey Cinco Casas, a Dominican Republican village. The chapter also has completed a project in Ghana and is investigating starting a future global project.

As an U.S. Science Envoy, Amadei joined America’s finest scientists in traveling to 19 countries in 2012 on behalf of the U.S. government to promote international partnerships through scientific collaboration. He also was the 2007 co-recipient of the Heinz Award for the Environment; received the 2007 Hoover Medal for outstanding career services by engineers to humanity; recipient of the 2008 Engineering News-Record’s Award of Excellence; and is an elected Senior Knight-Ashoka Fellow. Amadei’s current research and interests focus on sustainability and international development.

About Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Founded in 1874, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is dedicated to preparing its students with the world’s best undergraduate science, engineering, and mathematics education in an environment infused with innovation, intellectual rigor, and individualized attention. The college, located in Terre Haute, Indiana, has an enrollment of approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 100 graduate students. For 15 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has rated Rose-Hulman as the top undergraduate engineering college in the nation whose highest degree is a bachelor’s or master’s. Rose-Hulman has also been recognized by The Princeton Review, which cited six of the institute’s professors within their 2012 Best 300 Professors book, the only institution of higher learning in Indiana to be included. Learn more at www.rose-hulman.edu. Source: Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology