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Engineers Without Borders’ Founder Bernard Amadei Visiting Campus on March 18

March 13, 2014

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Making A Difference: Engineering professor Bernard Amadei’s life was changed when he was asked to visit a community in San Pablo, Belize, to assess the community's water supply. He founded Engineers Without Borders to connect engineers with a community in a developing country that has a specific infrastructure need.

Bernard Amadei, founding president of the Engineers Without Borders organization, will visit Rose-Hulman 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 five-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 a 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.