MCEDC Digest - Aug. 20 , 2018
Program News
Evan Thomas Lays Out New Vision & Plans for Mortenson Center
Aug. 14, 2018 - By Josh Rhoten

Article Excerpt:

Since his arrival, Thomas and his team have been working to identify the most appropriate and impactful ways for CU Engineering students to engage in global development. One of the first steps, Thomas said, is to align the teaching and research missions of the center with impact goals. merge the education role of the center with a larger focus on research.

New facilities on East Campus in the Sustainability, Energy and Environment Community will take advantage of this alignment.

"We are building lab and office facilities where we'll be able to offer courses in impact evaluations, sensor design, data analysis, air and water quality, and where we can develop and validate technologies," he said.

Thomas said the center would work to attract students from all engineering disciplines, including the Aerospace, Mechanical, Computer Science, and Electrical Departments as well as the ATLAS Institute, in addition to collaborations with the Colorado School of Public Health, the Colorado Law school, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Leeds School of Business.

All of these changes will put CU in a great position, Thomas said.

"My career has come full circle back to Boulder. With the resources we have including 50 graduate students, an excellent leadership team, teaching faculty, important research and our new facilities, we are going to become the destination for engineers to learn how to engage in global development," he said.

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Job Opportunities
Program Officer, Environmental & Social Performance
Fri. Aug. 24, 2018 - Application Deadline

This position with the Millennium Challenge Corporation is based in Washington, DC and requires fluent French. One year of specialized experience relevant to the position is required and can include experience with an NGO, social performance of development projects, such as roads, agriculture, energy, and water infrastructure and more. Read about all of the qualifications and apply.
Government Affairs Manager at DuPont

Based in Washington, DC. the position is responsible for developing and executing the U.S. Federal Government Affairs strategy for the Specialty Products Division, with a focus on legislation and regulation impacting industrial facilities, chemical products, food, energy efficiency, and climate change.  Full job description.

Decarbonization Analyst
Temporary, Internship, Fellowship
Open until filled

This position with Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) in Sunnyvale, CA is flexible to accommodate potential Masters and PhD students who want to take a three-month leave to gain experience while building a foundation for ongoing research collaboration. They are looking for someone who is data-driven to support the development and implementation of a decarbonization strategic plan and road map for SVCE service territory. More information.
Conferences & Workshops
World Bank Youth Summit
Fri. Oct. 5, 2018 - Application and Competition Submission Deadline
Mon.-Tue., Dec. 3-4, 2018 - Summit
World Bank Headquarters, Washington, DC

The World Bank Youth Summit is an annual event that engages youth, ages 18-35, globally on the most pressing topics facing their generation. This year's summit topic is: Unleashing the Power of Human Capital. There is no admission fee to the event and not all applications are accepted. Please forward this announcement to any youth, particularly those in developing countries, you think may be good candidates. Participant Application. Submit a proposal.
Registration Open for Denver WASH Symposium
Sat. Oct. 6, 2018
Denver Wastewater Management Building; 2000 W. 3rd Ave.

Registration is now open for the 6th Annual District WASH Symposium in Denver. Featured speakers include: Bud Rock, Principal of Global Water 2020; Eleanor Allen, CEO of Water for People; Rich Thorsten, Director of International Programs for; and Henrick Kunkeyani, Country Director for Freshwater Project Int'l in Malawi. Scholarships available. Register here.
Systems for Preventive Maintenance for SWS 
Thur. Aug. 23, 2018, 6:30am

The USAID Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS) has been examining how a preventive maintenance approach can make investments in rural water infrastructure more sustainable. This webinar will present findings on how preventive maintenance can help local governments, communities and the local private sector keep water services running. Register.
Kenya RAPID Turkana Field Work
Kenya RAPID Turkana Field Work
Almost half or more water pumps installed are broken within a couple of years.
Evan Thomas tells how sensors can change this.
In the News
SWS Research Report: Mapping Stakeholder Connections to Improve WASH Collaboration in Ethiopia
As organizations work to improve WASH services, what effect do their relationships with one another play in strengthening the local systems underpinning service delivery? The Sustainable WASH Systems Learning Partnership (SWS) helps answer this question for specific woredas and towns in Ethiopia. Read the report.
Next Generation Professional Report
Global development is undergoing a dramatic transformation that is impacting the industry's human capital and landscape. Development professionals a decade from now will not look the same as they do today. Read the survey summary where diverse development professionals predict what will help them navigate, thrive and excel in the future. 
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