Mortenson Center Digest - Feb. 4 , 2019
Program News
Global Engineering Awards Nominations Open
Mon. Feb. 11, 2019 - Nomination Deadline

T his March, the Mortenson Center is hosting the first annual Global Engineering Awards. The Awards will recognize a professional and a student whose work aligns with the Mortenson Center's mission and vision.  The nomination process is now open, and nominations will be accepted until February 11th. Additional details on the nomination process and the form to submit a nomination can be found here . Recipients of the award will be notified by February 18th, and the awards will be given to recipients in person at the launch of the Global Engineering Awards on the evening of March 5th. This event will feature an opening reception, in collaboration with the Colorado WASH Symposium , followed by a keynote speech by Greg Collins, USAID Resilience Coordinator, and the awards ceremony.

The Mortenson Center engages in Global Engineering and combines education, research, and partnerships to positively impact vulnerable people and their environment by improving development tools and practice. Our vision is a world where everyone has safe water, sanitation, energy, food, shelter, and infrastructure. 
Student Highlight - Matthew Bentley

Mortenson Center student Matthew Bentley is currently in China and Southeast Asia working on various projects related to development research. Project highlights include:
  • Water treatment system install on a coffee farm in rural Yunnan, China utilizing both slow-sand filtration and biochar adsorption for removal of both pathogens and chemical contaminants.
  • Low-cost connected weather sensor for longitudinal tracking of weather and soil conditions in a climate-vulnerable agricultural region in China to improve agricultural activities and water use patterns.
  • Surface and groundwater quality testing for metals and organic chemicals in various agricultural regions and former/current war zones in Southeast Asia. 
  • Improving field production methods of biochar in resource-limited scenarios to improve filter life and reduce chemical exposure of vulnerable communities.
Matthew (left) completed his practicum with Yunnan Coffee Traders more than two years ago and he has been working on various research projects with them ever since. 

CU Events
Environmental Engineering Seminar

Wastewater Derived Organic Contaminants: Sorption, Transformation, and Bioavailability
Joel A. Pederson, University of Wisconsin, Madison - Speaker
Mon. Feb. 4, 2019 8:30-9:30am

Joel A. Pederson will provide an overview of their contributions to understanding the sorption, transformation and bioavailability of wastewater-derived organic contaminants of emerging concern including pharmaceuticals and personal care product ingredients.
2018 Arthur J. Boase Lectures
Both lectures given by Prof. Daniel Armanios, Carnegie Mellon University Engineering and Public Policy. 

Infrastructure Systems as Institutional Relics: Insights from the U.S. Bridge System
Fri. Feb. 8, 2019, 10-11:00am
Koelbel S110

Infrastructure can shape societies, but so too can societies shape infrastructure. To better understand this process, infrastructure systems are re-conceptualized as "institutional relics". Through two studies on the U.S. bridge system, learn what factors are more likely to generate institutional relics, as well as the difficulties that arise in repairing or decommissioning such systems. 

Sustainable Development for All? Distinguishing Electricity Access from Use through a Mixed Methods Study of Electricity Consumption Patterns Amongst Women in India. 
Fri. Feb 8, 2019, 1-2:00pm

Few have empirically tested the link between energy access (SDG 7) and gender equality (SDG 5). This study highlights local power dynamics as an important boundary condition on realizing energy access for all. 
Engineering Exploration Lecture Series
Tues. Feb. 12, 2019, 6-7:30pm - Series begins
Hale Science Building Room 230

Engineering Exploration is a ten-week course designed to expose the greater CO community to engineering and the innovations happening at CU Boulder. The series will kick off with a lecture from Dean Bobby Braun, and will conclude on Apr. 23, with a lecture from Dr. Evan Thomas. Cost is $10 and all proceeds benefit the CU Engineers Without Borders student group. A live stream is available. See a full list of lecturers, learn more and register.
Urban Competency Framework Global Workshops
Wed. Feb. 13, 2019 - London, UK
Tue. Feb. 19, 2019 - Amman, Joran

These workshops are a chance to see the finalized Urban Competency Framework, learn how to use it, and discover how it is relevant to you.  If you can't attend the event, learn about an online workshop in Feb.

The Urban Competency Framework outlines the competencies and accompanying behaviors that underpin effective humanitarian action in urban crises.
Job & Funding Opportunities
Post-doctoral Fellowship Program
United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment, and Health (UNU)
Mon. Feb. 11, 2019 - Application Deadline
Hamilton, Canada

The newly launched Posdoctoral Fellowship Program at the UNU for Water, Environment and Health provides an opportunity for candidates who recently graduated with a PhD to expand their career beyond their scientific disciplines. The multicultural environment will allow for interaction with scholars from different countries and diverse thematic backgrounds. There are multiple fellowship opportunities available. Applications to:
Engineering For Change Fellowship 
Mon. Feb. 25, 2019 - Application Deadline
Early May, 2019 - Mid-September 2019 - Fellowship Duration

Engineering For Change (E4C) provides training opportunities for engineering students engaged in global development through internships and fellowships. This fellowship is designed for engineering students and/or early career engineers specialized in global development. It will be 15-20 hours per week. Mortenson Center student Anna Libey was a Water Fellow in 2018.   Learn more and apply.
Department of State Student Internship  Program
Thur. Feb. 28, 2019 - Application Deadline
Department of State Posts - Overseas and Domestic

This is an unpaid internship that is an opportunity to participate in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy. The internship will be in Fall 2019.  Learn more.
Red Cross Red Crescent Fellowship Program
Mon. Mar. 4, 2019 - Application Deadline

CU Boulder has partnered with the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre (RCRCCC) to place graduate students in locations in eastern and southern Africa each summer. Projects can encompass, but are not limited to, topics such as the use of scientific information in decision making, communication of probability and uncertainty, perceptions of risk, etc. $5000 in funding will be provided to offset expenses. Submit your application to More information.
Research, Technology and Development Coordinator
Caminos de Agua
San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico
June, 2019 - Full position goes into effect

Caminos de Agua is hiring a coordinator for their Research and Technology Department Team. Ideal candidates are technically sound engineers/scientists, familiar with water treatment, have exerience managing projects, and are dedicate to technology development for social justice. Spanish language skills are highly desired. Read job posting.
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