(Amadei, Bernard - 2016) -- Distinguished Professorship
Award or Honor Receipt
When Bernard Amadei took a group of students to a village in Belize to install a water pump in 2001, he had no intention of founding Engineers Without Borders USA or developing at CU Boulder a curriculum for engineering in developing communities. But his students’ enthusiasm catalyzed both programs. In the years since, Amadei has become renowned for his expertise in developmental engineering, having presented a TedX talk on the subject and authored Engineering for Sustainable Human Development: A Guide to Successful Small-Scale Community Projects. A member of the National Academy of Engineering and the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, he has provided consulting services to various engineering companies and organizations around the world, including the U.S. Department of State. Faculty co-director of CU’s Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities, Professor Amadei is at work on a book about how humans must think of water, energy, land and food as intertwined systems if they are to continue to prosper. His research explores the new field of peace engineering, which charges engineers with putting their skills to work mitigating international conflicts and building global peace. Their technological expertise particularly suits them to engaging with today’s problems.