Events & Announcements

 I2D Lab Exposition is focusing on innovation for the world's poorest regions.

On April 1 the Office of Global Engineering Programs is hosting an exposition for the Innovation for International Development projects conducted by students and faculty. Experts in food security and global health will meet for panel discussions and keynote addresses with the goal of alleviating hardships such as extreme poverty, hunger, lack of safe water, and energy production.

Panelists will include representatives from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Save the Children, Catholic Relief Services, Engineering for Change, the Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance, the 2009 World Food Prize Laureate, Indiana University's Simon Cancer Center and School of Medicine, and the Regenstrief Institute.

For the full press release, click here. 

Congratulations to all involved in the Global Engineering Cultures & Practice Learning Community on Receiving the Student Support Award

The Student Support Award recognizes Learning Communities who plan events that introduce students to helpful resources on campus and provide opportunities for direct interaction for support. Global Engineering Cultures and Practice Learning Community leaders include Erin Cromer, graduate teaching assistant in the Department of English; Anne Dare, postdoctoral research associate in the Global Engineering Program; Mary McCall, graduate teaching assistant in the Department of English; Arvind Raman, associate dean for global engineering programs and the Robert V. Adams professor of mechanical engineering; and Elena Shvidko, graduate teaching assistant in the Department of English.

Announcement of all Learning Community Award Recipients availble via Purdue Today

Poster Abstracts are now being accepted for the I2D Lab Exposition on April 1st, 2016!

Any team working on engineering innovation for international development-related is invited to contribute a poster at this event. International development-related R and D in engineering includes, but is not limited to: low-cost appropriate technologies for energy access, water and sanitation solutions, healthcare technologies for the developing world, humanitarian response, labor-saving innovation, information and communication technologies for economic development, and food security. More information and instructions for submission can be downloaded here. A sample poster template is also available.

Apply for passport renewal now to prevent travel mishaps.

The State Department is urging citizens to apply for passport renewal now due to an expected surge in demand this year. Officials are expecting the renewal of the many 10-year passports issued in 2006 and 2007 which may cause backlogs if people don't begin renewing soon. State Department officials also say to renew due to many countries now enforcing a requirement for at least six months' validity on a US passport.

More information about the increased need for passport renewal can be found here.

GEP's Anne Dare featured in Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance story: Colombia Farmer-to-Farmer

Volunteer Assignment and Impact: Anne provided training and technical assistance (field assessments and demonstrations) for local organizations and small producers of Meta Department, addressing the subject of sustainable wastewater managements for households, farms, and agricultural processes.

Anne’s assignment was fairly recent. She expects that sanitation-related recommendations will improve environmental and public health resulting in increased confidence in products marketed by the farm and improved quality of life indicators. Nutrient management-related recommendations can increase production and reduce food/fodder expenses.

Take-away messages/quotes: For Purdue, it was a great opportunity to have Anne do a F2F assignment. She is part of the Global Engineering Team (GEP), and the Purdue Water Community. The GEP already has many initiatives in Colombia with universities, and so the opportunity to link this team to on-the-ground actions and recommendations to promote greywater management in this area of Colombia, where water management and conservation is such a critical issue, has been gain for Purdue as well as the project beneficiaries.

I2D Lab - CGFS Joint Seed Grant Program

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The Innovation for International Development Lab (I2D Lab) under the Office of Global Engineering Programs (GEP) aims to foster a vibrant community of faculty, staff, and students working with international partners to address grand challenges in international development based on engineering innovations and market-driven approaches. This includes research, design, adaptation, and field-testing of appropriate technologies and services that have a strong scaling potential as solutions for energy access, healthcare, water and sanitation, labor-saving innovations, and disaster/humanitarian response.

Purdue's Center for Global Food Security (CGFS) is taking up the challenges associated with the rising demand for food, feed, and energy with current technology and agricultural resources and helping to ensure that we have enough food, feed, and fuel for the 21st century and beyond. The Center is gearing to mobilize and focus the talent pool of its faculty and partners on the evolving challenges arising from the interactions among agricultural production and food systems with climate change, energy demand and supply, policy responses, population growth, and the associated development pressures.

I2D Lab and CGFS encourage cross-College collaborations on the Priority Challenge Topics listed in the attached pages which have been co-developed with international partners: Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Indiana University-led Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH). Furthermore, Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship (BDMCE) will provide additional support for proposals with strong entrepreneurship components.

100,000 Strong in The Americas Event

Monday, December 14, 2015

Associate Dean Arvind Raman attended this event at the White House to accept an Exxon Mobil grant. 

For the full press release and details about the grant, click here.

To see the video of Vice President Biden's speech, click here.

Save the Date: I2D Lab Exposition

Friday, April 1, 2016

The 2nd Annual I2D Lab Exposition will include invited speakers from USAID, Catholic Relief Services, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, global development research and student projects on display, and an announcement of seed grant winners. The Expo will focus on how engineers and engineering can support achievement of the United Nation's Sustainable Development goals.

A reception will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

Check back here for updates as the schedule and speaker list develops.