Dr. Salvinelli is an instructor at the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities where he teaches courses on sustainable community development, fieldwork methods for development engineers, and humanitarian response and disaster management. He has a BS in Industrial Engineering and a MS in Engineering Management from the University of Brescia, Italy, and a PhD in Geological Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology where he conducted research focused on household water treatment systems for developing communities.
Dr. Salvinelli spent six years working for international NGOs, especially in Central America, where he designed and implemented international development projects, facilitated international policy dialogues, and coordinated emergency response efforts. The projects he managed addressed key development challenges including water and sanitation access, rural electrification, development of income generating activities, natural resources management, and disaster risk reduction. Dr. Salvinelli received the distinguished thesis award “Appropriate technologies for environmental management in developing countries” from the CeTAmb LAB at University of Brescia. His research interests include appropriate solutions for developing communities and integrated biosystems for sustainable development.