The teaching and outreach work of civil engineering Professor Bernard Amadei and his colleagues in the Engineering for Developing Communities program are taking a giant leap forward thanks to a $5 million commitment from Mort Mortenson (CivEngr’58), his wife, Alice, and builder M. A. Mortenson Company.
Amadei (shown at far left next to Mort and Alice Mortenson, their daughter-in-law Kate, and sons David and Mark) tackles development challenges in marginalized communities worldwide—challenges such as ensuring safe drinking water for Rwandan orphans in inhospitable environments, or promoting education and economic development in Afghanistan and the West Bank.
Amadei founded the nonprofit humanitarian organization Engineers Without Borders-USA and established the Engineering for Developing Communities educational program at CU-Boulder. The newly renamed Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities at CU helps to educate and inspire students to effect positive change in areas such as hygiene and sanitation, civil infrastructure, and power production.
The endowment funds the Mortenson Chair in Global Engineering for Amadei, and supports undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, research assistantships, curriculum development, Earn-Learn student apprenticeships, and other activities.