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Expert to address global engineering for a small planet in Kerr Lecture

Bernard Amadei, professor at the University of Colorado, will deliver the 2017 Arnold D. Kerr Lecture in Engineering Mechanics and Design at the University of Delaware on April 20. The lecture, “Global Engineering for a Small Planet: A Vision of Success,” will take place at 4 p.m. in Mitchell Hall, following a reception in the DuPont Hall lobby at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Christine Murray by email at camurray@udel.edu or by phone at 302-831-2442.

In the next two decades, almost two billion additional people are expected to populate the Earth, 95 percent of them in developing or underdeveloped countries. This growth will create unprecedented demands for energy, food, land, water, transportation, materials, waste disposal, earth moving, health care, environmental cleanup, telecommunication and infrastructure.

The role of engineers will be critical in fulfilling those demands at various scales, ranging from remote small communities to large urban areas, and mostly in the developing world. A simple question arises: Do today’s engineering graduates and engineers have the skills and tools to address the global problems that our planet and humans are facing today or will be facing within the next 20 years?