Saturday, October 22, 2011

Engineering Can Help Developing Nations Solve Critical Problems

Engineering can help developing nations solve critical problems, but a worldwide shortage of engineers is hampering the effort, according to former UNESCO official Dr. Tony Marjoram.
To that end, he said, engineering education must become more exciting and better convey the key role engineers can play in improving people's lives. Marjoram will address these issues during the inaugural IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, 30 October -- 1 November 2011, in Seattle.
Marjoram, former head of engineering, Division of Basic and Engineering Sciences, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, will deliver the opening keynote address on Monday morning 31 October. He gave a preview of his talk on "The Promise of Tomorrow" radio show with Colonel Mason earlier this month.
"Engineering is extremely important in promoting humanitarian development," Marjoram said. "When young people can see that engineering is vitally important in this area ... [they] are more attracted towards a career in engineering."
You can listen to the interview at . (Go to the second half hour.)

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