Measuring Impact in Global Engineering, Mechanical Engineering 2020 Zoominar Series

What: This seminar is part of the ME 2020 Zoominar Series and will be delivered by Evan Thomas, Director of the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering. 

Nearly a billion people in the world lack access to safe drinking water, two billion have inadequate sanitation facilities, and three billion use firewood for their daily energy needs. Combined, these resource limitations are among the leading causes of death, and economic and political insecurity. Exacerbating these problems are the global effects of climate change. In many countries, service providers are often utilities providing access to clean water, safe sanitation, and affordable energy. However, in many developing countries, there remains a significant gap between the intent of service providers and the impacts measured over time. A combination of technologies may help address these information asymmetries and enable improved decisions and response. In particular, in-situ "Internet of Things" (IOT) sensor technologies directly measuring water service delivery and relaying data over satellite and cellular data networks can enable improved feedback and accountability. Presently, a group of partners are currently installing satellite-connected sensors on boreholes in the arid regions of Northern Kenya and Afar and Somali Regions, Ethiopia. Today, we are monitoring over 3 million people's water supply, scaling to 5 million in 2020. Roughly half of water systems are functioning at any given time. Our intervention is aimed at achieving continuous functionality of services. Two ongoing experimental evaluations, in Kenya and Ethiopia, will establish our impact. These efforts are incorporated into an emergent area of teaching and research – Global Engineering. Global Engineering combines education, research, and partnerships to positively impact vulnerable people and their environment by improving development tools and practice. Global Engineering envisions a world where everyone has safe water, sanitation, energy, food, shelter, and infrastructure.

Where: Zoom at (PW: me20sem)

Questions? Email

Tuesday, October 6 at 11:00am to 12:00pm

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