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Engineers Without Borders-USA 2006 EWB-USA International Conference (Houston, TX)
Engineers Without Borders - USA Web Site ^ | February 16-18, 2006

Posted on 01/29/2006 10:32:09 PM PST by anymouse

Building, Teaching, Learning - One Community at a Time February 16-18, 2006 Rice University, Houston, Texas

How can you “be the change” you want to see in the world? Make a difference - help improve the lives of a local community. You will have the opportunity to develop sustainable leadership skills foster relationships with engineering students and professionals, while discovering innovative technical solutions to infrastructure issues in developing countries. Learn how to be an effective agent for change.

The Conference is bringing expertise from around the world to open your eyes to new challenges and ideas. Awards will be made for special achievements in project work. Many EWB-USA Chapters are bringing their projects to share and exhibit.

Four Featured Tracks/Pathways of the 2006 International Conference:

- Building: Sustainable leadership that actively makes change part of the engineering agenda- empowered to collaborate and lead the way in putting lessons learned into action.

- Topics include: social & cultural considerations; nurturing the balance between collective and individual needs; leadership in disaster and relief; what is your template for success going to look like.

- Teaching: Sustainable solutions that incorporate the full richness of indigenous and emergent global beliefs and practices.

- Topics include: partnering transculturally, why EWB-USA and how do we sustain ourselves; frameworks for working in partnerships; sustainability for healthy communities-health metrics.

- Learning: Educational development through mentoring, empowering K-12 students and examining world trends. Topics include: best practices in university settings; integrating EWB-USA theories into existing university curricula; roles in international education; early learning through inquiry and hands on activities.

- Rebuilding: Theoretical and practical applications of innovative technology and sustainable solutions. Topics include: evaluating the economics and assuring the investments are sustainable; improving existing standards; indigenous issues in entrepreneurship; globalization and where it takes the next generation of engineering students.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Technical; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: engineering; globalwhining; houston; socialists
Socialism invades the engineering discipline. Guaranteed all of these people are looking at you the US taxpayer to fund their grand plans.
1 posted on 01/29/2006 10:32:11 PM PST by anymouse
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To: Flyer; Bigun; PetroniDE; humblegunner

A FReep opportunity.

2 posted on 01/29/2006 10:44:31 PM PST by anymouse
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To: anymouse
While I do understand your concern, if you had done any research at all you would find most of the projects this group undertakes focusing on finding ways to apply modern engineering knowledge using locally available materials and skills to improve the conditions in these backward countries. This means, in a sense, teaching the hungry man to fish rather than giving him a fish dinner.

Although they do seek government and NGO funding opportunities, the engineering effort is generally donated to the cause. While I am not a part of the organization, I do respect what they do. It would be quite fulfilling to truly improve people's lives through my profession, rather than provide society with another disposable trinket.

Emerging Patriot
3 posted on 01/29/2006 10:52:26 PM PST by Emerging Patriot
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To: anymouse

When do they go to New Orleans?

4 posted on 01/29/2006 10:58:44 PM PST by No Longer Free State (No event has just one cause, no person has just one motive, no action has just the intended effect)
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To: Emerging Patriot
I don't argue that they may actually do some good work, but reading their promotional material and presentation material reads like typical George Soros/UN/global whining propaganda.

No they are not the worst offenders, but they do bear watching as they try to reach into our pockets to redistribute wealth internationally - with some sticky fingers along the way, I'm sure.
5 posted on 01/30/2006 9:46:27 PM PST by anymouse
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