An Informal Needs Assessment of Rural Mozambique

Angoche, a rural coastal district in northern Mozambique, is a hidden treasure.  I lived there for 10 weeks during my practicum, partnering with a local NGO.  I lived in a beautiful colonial home.  I ate the best seafood I’ve ever had (seriously, crab-lovers from all over the world come to this area for a taste). … More An Informal Needs Assessment of Rural Mozambique

Beyond the Basics – Global Engineering Education

In a recent article featured on Devex, Amy Lieberman sat down with several leaders in engineering education to discuss how programs and content are shifting. Dr. Bernard Amadei, Co-Director of the Mortenson Center, was one of those interviewed and shared some thoughts on the matter, “The field of engineering is changing. It’s no longer focused on the … More Beyond the Basics – Global Engineering Education

Sustainable Development Field Practicum: A Fundamental Part of the EDC Curriculum

No education in humanitarian engineering would be complete without a significant experience in a developing community. At the Mortenson Center for Engineering in Developing Communities, this objective is fulfilled through the Sustainable Community Development Field Practicum, which is a critical component of the EDC curriculum. The practicum provides students with hands-on experience that requires them … More Sustainable Development Field Practicum: A Fundamental Part of the EDC Curriculum

Changing the World, One Backpack at a Time

Yesterday, Fast Company posted a piece on their website about people they called “philanthropreneurs” — individuals who use their wealth for social good, but not in a passive, “here’s-a-check” way. Their exemplars were Bill and Melinda Gates, whose foundation, and their active role in it, is transforming how other charitable organizations do their work. They pointed … More Changing the World, One Backpack at a Time

Technology Salon Denver: How Can Technology Improve International Development?

We wanted to share with you the news of this upcoming Technology Salon event in Denver on February 10, 2015, which asks the question:  How can technology improve international development? This gathering will ask whether new technology (in particular, information and communication technologies) will accelerate the social and economic growth of the developing world, or whether … More Technology Salon Denver: How Can Technology Improve International Development?

The Year of Sustainable Development

Did you know that 2015 is the United Nations’ Year of Sustainable Development? The UN has announced a slate of seventeen sweeping Sustainable Development Goals that aim to change the world:  to end poverty and ensure that everyone has access to clean, safe food and water; to improve health and nutrition; to bring about gender equality and to … More The Year of Sustainable Development