[SE16-HAB] Global Engineering and Sustainable Development

DAY 2 – Tuesday 3 May – 11:15-12:45
Swiss Tech | Room 1B | Level Garden

Session Leader | Summary | Panelists and Abstracts


Session Leaders

Shaukat Ali Mirza
Engineers without Borders, India

Shaukat Mirza is the Chairman of EWB India since April 2014 and has been instrumental in catering to the needs of under privileged members of the society in the areas of sanitation, water management, power (solar) and education. Formerly the President of American University of Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, Dr. Mirza was also instrumental in establishing George Mason University Ras Al Khaimah Campus and RAK Medical and Health Sciences University in UAE. He has also held several important positions in Switzerland, USA and in India.



It has been calculated that almost two billion additional people will inhabit the Earth within the next two decades. This population growth will create unprecedented demands for energy, food, land, water, transportation, materials, waste disposal, health care, environmental clean-up, telecommunications, and infrastructure. In view of the problems faced by our planet today and the difficulties that are expected in the next few years, the engineering profession must revisit its mindset and adopt a new mission statement: to contribute to the building of a more sustainable, stable, and equitable world.

An issue of equal importance is the education of engineers interested in addressing problems which are specific to developing communities. These include water supply and purification, sanitation, power production, shelter, site planning, infrastructure, food production and distribution, and communication, among many others. Unfortunately, such problems are not usually addressed in engineering curricula hence engineers are unable to tackle the needs of the most destitute people on our planet.

Engineers of the future must be trained to take intelligent decisions that protect and enhance the quality of life on Earth rather than endangering it. Preparing students to become global engineers able to facilitate sustainable development is a formidable challenge.

This session will focus on several important issues ranging from social entrepreneurship to innovation in the construction sector, from sustainable housing in the Himalayas to connecting scientists and high school students in Latin America and so on. Faculty and professional engineers will present their research output on sustainable development. They will thus join engineering graduates, faculty interested in teaching Global Engineering, NGOs who can be instrumental in bringing about social change, and private sector representatives in interacting and defining the hurdles that still need to be overcome in implementing Global Engineering.


Ricardo Corredor-Jerez, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, iNVESTIGA: Connecting the Colombian Scientific Diaspora with Secondary Schools in Colombia [PDF Full Paper]


Eric Domon, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, Sustainable Housing for Himalayas: Adaptation of Traditional Construction Techniques Through Low-tech Innovations [PDF Full Paper]


Antonio de Padua Lima Filho, UNESP, Brazil, Manufacturing Hand Bikes Using Recycled Bicycle Parts [PDF Full Paper]


Vasudevan Rajaram, IIG Sustainable Cities, United States, Social Entrepreneurship and Engineering Education as a Means of Sustainable Development [PDF Full Paper]


Harry O. Sandberg, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, Progressive Housing with Permanent Core Dwelling resistant to Natural Hazards [PDF Full Paper]