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Karl Linden Awarded the Dr. Pankaj Parekh Innovation Award

July 17, 2019

Congratulations to Mortenson Center Associate Director Karl Linden! He was recently awarded the 2019 Dr. Pankaj Parekh Research Innovation Award from the Water Research Foundation (WRF) at the American Water Works Association Annual Conference. The Dr. Pankaj Parekh Innovation Award honors researchers and research teams who have made significant contributions...


What is Global Engineering?

July 12, 2019

Reposted Open Access publication, Thomas, E. Toward a New Field of Global Engineering . Sustainability 2019 , 11 , 3789. Abstract The Engineer’s role in addressing global poverty challenges has often been confined to village and community-scale interventions, product design and development, or large-scale infrastructure design and construction. Yet despite...


Freetown Sierra Leone Distributed Water Management

June 22, 2019

In 2017 The Millennium Challenge Corporation issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) Annual Program Statement (APS) to request partnership applications related to several technical areas. MCC received a concept note from a the University of Colorado Boulder’s Mortenson Center in Global Engineering in response to the high frequency monitoring...

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So What Is the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering?

June 5, 2019

Evan Thomas, Director of the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder summarizes what the Mortenson Center does at CU Boulder and in the world.


State of California Tackles Drought with IoT & Blockchain

Feb. 7, 2019

Leveraging Satellites and the Internet of Things, SweetSense Facilitates Water Service Access in Kenya and Water Resource Management in California , USAID AgriLinks, May, 2019 Colorado senator wants to study blockchain for water rights management , TNW, March, 2019 Blockchain is overhyped, but it’s also perfect for California’s drought problem...

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Bridges to Prosperity Impact Evaluation

Dec. 10, 2018

Isolation caused by lack of transportation infrastructure affects almost every facet of life for the rural poor. Without adequate transportation access, families cannot access schools, health care, employment, or local markets to sell and buy goods. The World Bank estimates that nearly a billion people worldwide lack access to an...

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Allie Davis, Amy Javernick-Will & Sherri Cook Published in Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology

Oct. 2, 2018

Allie Davis, Amy Javernick-Will and Sherri Cook are recently published in Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology with a paper titled "A comparison of interviews, focus groups, and photovoice to identify sanitation priorities and increase success of community-based sanitation systems". Abstract: Addressing priorities is essential for the success of water...

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Next Generation Professional Report

Sept. 19, 2018

Global development is undergoing a dramatic transformation that is impacting the industry's human capital and landscape. Development professionals a decade from now will not look the same as they do today. Read the survey summary where diverse development professionals predict what will help them navigate, thrive and excel in the...

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Evan Thomas Lays Out New Vision and Plans for Mortenson Center

Aug. 14, 2018

There are a billion people in the world who don’t have access to clean water while 2 billion people don’t have safe sanitation. Almost half of the world’s population still uses firewood daily. These are some of the global development challenges that Evan Thomas, the new director of the Mortenson...


Evan Thomas Takes Reins as New Director

July 3, 2018

A Note from MCEDC's New Director, Evan Thomas! I am excited to join the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities and work with our incredible team of students, faculty, and staff to maximize the University of Colorado Boulder's positive impact in the world. Over the coming months, the MCEDC...