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Salvinelli, Carlo

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  • Carlo Salvinelli is a Teaching Assistant at the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder where he teaches courses on humanitarian aid, international development project management, and fieldwork methods for global engineers. He has a BS in Industrial Engineering and a MS in Engineering Management from the University of Brescia, Italy, and a PhD in Geological Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology where he conducted research on household water treatment systems for underserved communities. Carlo spent six years working as a practitioner for international NGOs, especially in Central America, where he designed and implemented international development projects, coordinated emergency response efforts, and facilitated international policy dialogues. His research interests include water service delivery in low- and middle-income countries, tools and strategies for disaster risk reduction, and the humanitarian-development nexus.


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  • CVEN 2837 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021
    Supervised study of special topics of interest to student under instructor guidance.
  • CVEN 4837 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020
    Supervised study of special topics of interest to students under instructor guidance.
  • CVEN 5830 - Special Topics for Seniors/Grads
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Summer 2022 / Fall 2022
    May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.
  • CVEN 5833 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2020
    Supervised study of special topics of interest to students under instructor guidance.
  • CVEN 5837 - Special Topics for Seniors/Grads
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Supervised study of special topics of interest to students under instructor guidance.
  • CVEN 5929 - Sustainable Community Development 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019
    Covers the principles, practices and strategies of appropriate technology as part of an integrated and systems approach to community-based development. Course content areas include technical issues in development, environmental health and communicable disease, appropriate and sustainable technologies with hands-on workshops, and global cooperation in development.
  • EDEN 5001 - Special Topics in Global Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2020
    At the graduate level, covers topics of interest in global engineering. Content varies by section and from semester to semester. May be repeated up to 18 total credit hours.
  • ENVS 4800 - Capstone: Critical Thinking in Environmental Studies
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
    Examines a specific environmental topic in depth, synthesizing information from complex and controversial issues. Different course sections present different topics. Fulfills capstone requirement for Environmental Studies major. Recommended prerequisites: ENVS 1000 and ENVS 3020.
  • EVEN 2004 - Introduction to Global Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Introduces students to the emerging field of Global Engineering, concerned with the unequal and unjust distribution of access to basic services such as water, sanitation, energy, food, transportation and shelter. The course places an emphasis on identifying the drivers, determinants and solutions favoring equitable access. Topics include technology development and validation, data collection and impact evaluation. Recommended restriction: for engineering students.
  • EVEN 4830 - Special Topics
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2021 / Fall 2022
    May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
  • EVEN 5979 - Introduction to Humanitarian Aid
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2023 / Fall 2023
    Addresses the humanitarian-development nexus and gives an overview of the main ethical and professional principles, standards, and key stakeholders involved in humanitarian aid. Students will learn the historical and legal frameworks that shaped these principles, and examine their applicability to the challenges faced by humanitarian actors today. Increasing frequency, intensity, complexity, and length of emergency situations require new approaches and coordination among historically divided humanitarian and development actors. Recommended prerequisite: CVEN 4839/5919 Global Development for Engineers.
  • EVEN 5999 - Refugees and Displacement
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2022
    Examines the processes and policies contributing to and driving refugee and migration flows, as well as response strategies. The focus will be on forced displacement, which currently impact the lives of almost 80 million people worldwide. This course covers solutions, particularly in the settlement context, for the appropriate provision of covered living space to adequately shelter displaced populations, while also promoting safer, healthier settlements that link emergency shelter and settlement assistance to longer-term recovery efforts. Previously offered as a special topics course. Recommended prerequisites: CVEN 4839/5919, EVEN 5979 and EVEN 5989.
  • GEEN 1400 - Engineering Projects
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2024
    First-year students solve real engineering design problems in interdisciplinary teams. Design projects vary by section. Curriculum focuses on iterative design process, teamwork and team dynamics, supporting design with testing and analysis, and technical writing. Completed projects are exhibited at an end-of-semester design expo. Students responsible for contributing towards their design project budget and poster costs, and purchasing safety glasses (approximately $75).


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