Global Visitors & Seminars

GEP is proud to bring internationally-recognized scholars, researchers, and industry leaders to campus to share their experiences with our students and faculty.

Global Engineering Design Symposium (GEDS) 2013

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).

"Hello… I’m Here to Save the World…"

Dr. 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


Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Ubaid "Technology, Innovation, & Global Research at SABIC"

Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Ubaid
Executive Vice President of Technology and Innovation
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)

Friday, June 11th, 2010 at 12:00pm in ARMS B071


Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) ranks among the world’s top six petrochemicals companies and among the top 5 market leaders in the production of polypropylene and advanced thermoplastics, glycols, methanol, and fertilizers. Fortune Global 500 ranked SABIC the No. 1 chemicals company in Asia. SABIC owns and operates 15 research and application technology centers in Europe, China, Japan, Korea, India, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and the United States - including SABIC Innovative Plastics (formerly GE Plastics, Mt. Vernon, Indiana).

Dr. Al-Ubaid will discuss technologies developed by SABIC to meet the challenges and opportunities in the petrochemicals industry.


Dr. Douglas Comstock "NASA Technologies Benefiting the Developing World"

Dr. Douglas Comstock, Director of NASA's Innovative Partnerships Program (IPP)

IPP provides leveraged technology for NASA's mission directorates, programs, and projects thorugh investments and technology partnershops with industry, academic, government agencies, and national laboratories.


Dr. Benito Marinas"Sustainability in Supplying Safe Drinking Water to Rural Communities in Developing Countries"

Dr. Benito Mariñas, Ivan Racheff Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Mariñas has research interests in various mechanistic aspects of chemical and ultraviolet light disinfection processes and membrane technologies for the particular application of controlling waterborne pathogens. He is currently a member of the Center for Zoonoses Research at the University of Illinois. He is also developing hybrid adsorption/membrane processes for the control of pesticides, taste-and-odor-causing compounds and other water contaminants, and working on research projects aimed at elucidating the mechanisms responsible for the formation of disinfection by-products of health concern in drinking water. "The opportunity to work in developing countries has motivated a new generation of environmental engineering students" says Dr. Mariñas.

Dr. Agathe Euzen"Turning on the Tap: A Case Study on Parisians' Water Perceptions and Practices"

Dr. Agathe Euzen, Research Fellow at the Joint International Unit for Water, Environment, and Public Policy, University of Arizona

Turning the water top on and off has become an everyday, ordinary gesture, but individual practices are quite singular and susceptible to change. With the case study of Paris, this presentation aims at defining the relationships between practices linked to drinking water uses and the changing system of social relations. Based on an anthropological approach, we will present how Parisian residents perceive water and how they use it in their households. Questions of purity, consumption, confidence, behaviours, cultures, beliefs... will be part of the demonstration that practices linked with tap water use are multiple and singular. This research integrates a multidisciplinary approach to better understanding the evolution of water demand.


Dr. Roger Moussa

"Assessment of the Impact of Land Use in Farmed Catchments Using the Distributed Hydrological MHYDAS: Application in Various Agro-Hydro-Climatic Conditions"

Dr. Roger Moussa, Laboratoire d'étude des Interactions entre Sol, Agrosystème et Hydrosystème

In agricultural catchments, hydrological processes are largely variable in space due to human impact causing hydrological discontinuities such as ditches network, field limits, drains, and tillage practices. MHYDAS (Modelisation HYdrologique Distribuee des AgroSystemes/Distributed Hydrological Modelling of AgroSystems), a physically based distributed hydrological model, was especially developed to take into account these hydrological discontinuities. MHYDAS is based on a segmentation of the basin surface into hydrological units taking into account hydrological discontinuities, a segmentation of the aquifer into aquifer units and a segmentation of the channel network into reaches.