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2 Session I: Engineering and Special Vulnerabilities
Pages 5-10

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... Finally, Anu Ramaswami, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Colorado, Denver, discussed challenges to addressing chronic problems in ways that ensure sustainable community development. Discussants were NAE Foreign Secretary George Bugliarello, president emeritus and university professor, Polytechnic Institute of New York University; and Deborah Goodings, professor, Engineering and Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park.
From page 6...
... Social issues include: lack of awareness among social gatekeepers, such as influential media outlets and employers; widely held myths and misconceptions among the populace; and a lack of commitment by the government. Nevertheless, both speakers agreed that there are opportunities for improving management capacity, developing local solutions, and providing public education about safe drinking water.
From page 7...
... . ." erate, thorough processes of data Christopher Seremet, collection, analysis, and planning Catholic Relief Services and identify problems and formu late solutions quickly, often during the initial visit to the site.
From page 8...
... George Bugliarello, Polytechnic Institute of New York University, pointed out that all three presentations had shown that the problems facing engineers are as much social as technical. The situation in Bangladesh demonstrated first how poverty creates disease and social
From page 9...
... Richard Anderson of SOMAT Engineering, Inc., pointed out that planners should take into consideration what the "added value" is, and for whom, when engineering students from the United States or other developed countries undertake projects in developing countries. Legitimizing these efforts requires measuring positive results -- for student participants and for the community.
From page 10...
... She suggested that end-point assessments include community development as well as tech nical criteria. Moderator Hatch ended the session by repeating that engineering in context requires attention to a great many factors: "technical, envi ronmental, social, political, cultural, ethical, and you could probably add a whole bunch of others." Unless all of these factors are taken into account, engineering efforts will fail, he said.

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