Global Engineering Design Symposium (GEDS) 2013

Event Date: January 26, 2013
Purdue's Global Engineering Program (GEP) hosted the second annual Global Engineering Design Symposium (GEDS) on January 26, 2013.

Through a series of presentations and interactive activities, the half-day symposium challenged participants to think about what it means to undertake participatory problem solving in developing contexts, including thorough discussion of both success stories and failures.

The roster of invited speakers included Robert Swap (University of Virginia), Jenna McGregor (EWB-USA Indianapolis Professional Chapter), and Gary Burniske (Purdue Center for Global Food Security).

More than ninety Purdue students, faculty, and staff participated in the symposium, representing programs such as Global Design Teams, EPICS, and Engineers Without Borders.


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"Hello… I’m Here to Save the World…"

Robert Swap

Research Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia

"Stakeholder participation in the design and implementation of community infrastructure projects"
Gary Burniske

Managing Director, Purdue Center for Food Security


Global Engineering Project Panel


Peter Caldwell, World Help Solutions, INC. and Landscape Architecture, Purdue University

“Spring Boxes: Bungoma, Kenya”

Jenna McGregor, Engineers Without Borders USA, Indianapolis Professional Chapter

“Global Understanding through EPICS Program”

Sarah Paulsen, EPICS and Construction Engineering Management, Purdue University

“Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO) Asia Regional Impact Center Seed Bank”

Marcia Croft, Horticulture, Purdue University