The Mortenson Center engages in Global Engineering and combines education, research, and partnerships to positively impact vulnerable people and their environment by improving development tools and practice. Our vision is a world where everyone has safe water, sanitation, energy, food, shelter, and infrastructure. Our work toward this vision is guided by the following values:
We believe in improving lives through producing high-quality, actionable evidence.
We value partnerships with communities, governments, universities, businesses and nonprofits to align our skills and maximize impact.
We value professionally, culturally, economically and ethnically diverse, inclusive and relevant perspectives.
We don’t have all the answers, and we can’t do this alone. We value humility in our work.
We value evidence-based decision making in the application of tools and practices.
We act with integrity to protect those involved in our work and prioritize our community partners.
The Mortenson Center hosts the annual Global Engineering Awards to recognize two professionals and one student whose work aligns with the Mortenson Center’s mission and vision. These awards seek to highlight the work of individuals who contribute to the field of Global Engineering. This encompasses not only those students and professionals in traditional engineering disciplines, with a focus on positive impact in low- and middle-income countries, but also those who are in related disciplines that take a solutions-oriented approach to the same challenges - water, sanitation, energy, food, shelter, and infrastructure. These related disciplines include global health, environmental science, atmospheric science, agricultural science, geography, governance, policy and community advocacy.