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MCEDC Digest - June 25 , 2018
Program News
A Note From MCEDC's 
New Director: Evan Thomas

I am excited to join the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities and work with our incredible team of students, faculty, and staff to maximize the University of Colorado Boulder's positive impact in the world.

Over the coming months, the MCEDC team will be refreshing our mission and vision, and restructuring the Center to align our teaching and research activities with measurable global impact. As a team of engineers, we work in service of global health and in partnership with other researchers, technology developers, implementers, and policymakers.

As a researcher and practitioner in global health and development engineering, I am confident that we can make a positive difference and leverage the tremendous resources of the University of Colorado for the benefit of our partner communities around the world.

I remember first accosting Professor Bernard Amadei in the hallway of the Engineering Center with a proposal for an Engineers Without Borders-USA project in Nepal back in 2002 and being a guinea pig for the first EDC courses Bernard offered. I am personally and professionally indebted to his leadership, and I am committed to continuing to scale our impact.


Evan Thomas, PhD, PE, MPH
Associate Professor; Dept. of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
Mortenson Chair in Global Engineering
Director, Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities
University of Colorado Boulder
STI Forum Side Event Summary
MCEDC was a co-organizer of a side event at the third annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) for the Sustainable Development Goals.  EDC student Kimmy Pugel represented both the Mortenson Center and the UN Major Group for Children and Youth at the event held on June 5, 2018. The STI forum is a place where member states, major groups, and other stakeholders can influence the review and evaluation of the SDGs. The objective of this side-event was, in part, to focus specifically on the water and energy development sector and discuss how local knowledge is often disregarded in favor of external (i.e. scientific and professional) knowledge. Key recommendations for action included, "Valuing indigenous knowledge as another kind of knowledge, and not a lesser knowledge," and "Local community participation in decision making processes and technology design can provide a sense of ownership."
On Campus
ALTEC Language Courses
Fall 2018

Anderson Language and Technology Center (ALTEC) is offering several Directed Independent Language Study (DILS) courses in the fall. DILS courses make possible the study of less commonly taught languages in a small class size environment. Fall 2018 DILS courses include Indonesian (INDO 1110-001) for three credits. Also offered are free, not-for-credit courses in Nepali, Thai, and Tibetan. Email altec@colorado.edu with questions.
Conferences
Peace Engineering Conference
Mon. July 2, 2018 - Call for workshops & papers deadline
Mon.-Fri., Nov. 12-16, 2018 - Conference
Albuquerque, NM

The WEEF-GEDC 2018 Peace Engineering Conference, held for the first time in the United States, is the largest engineering education gathering in the world. This conference combines several international conferences such as the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) Conference and the 10th Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC) Conference to unite diverse stakeholders to learn, share, and build long-term collaborations.
Webinars & Online Courses
Guide to Consulting with World Bank
Tue. June 26, 2018, 10am (MDT)

EuopeAid, World Bank, and USAID have very specific and competitive requirements for hiring. In this second webinar of a three-part series, learn how you can find, apply for and win consultancy projects with World Bank. Learn more and register.
Sustaining Urban Water Utility Services: 
A Look Back at USAID's Indonesia ESP Activity
Wed. June 27, 2018, 6am (MDT)

How sustainable are outcomes several years after water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects have closed? Leslie Green Hodel will present findings from the second in a series of USAID Water, Communications and Knowledge Management Project ex-post performance evaluations on the Indonesia Environmental Services Program. More info and register.
Competitions
Con X Tech Prize: Hacking Extinction
Submission Deadline: Sat. June 30, 2018 

Conservation X Labs (CXL) is seeking bold ideas for technology solutions to conserve the world's biodiversity and end human-induced species extinctions. The prize could provide a $3,500 grant to take a team or individual's idea from concept to reality.
WFEO 2018 Young Engineers Competition
Submission Deadline: Sun. July 15, 2018 

The World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO) is hosting a competition for the best ideas and projects from engineers, under age 35, who are progressing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through engineering. They are seeking high-quality papers addressing one of seventeen SDGs. The best submissions will be published in a booklet released during the Global Engineering Congress and the winners will be invited to present in UK London with travel accommodations provided. Learn more and submit. 
Job Search Help

What is in store for global development careers? Devex's Kate Warren and Pete Troilo share the skills, degrees, and experiences employers are looking for.  

In the News
Devex World 2018
Read Michael Igoe's takeaway article about how development leaders begin to embrace what they don't know. "I'm very grateful for all the generosity and wanting to help, but from now on, you need to make sure that whatever you're doing, you have asked the Afghans," said Rula Ghani, Afghanistan's first lady, at the Devex World 2018 Conference.

Eight Tips For Managing A Summer Job Search

While hiring generally slows in the summer, so do applications. Learn what you can do now to get that competitive edge.  Read the article.
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