Updated July 1, 2015 – A network of engineering and design professionals have generously agreed to lend their expertise to E4C News as contributing editors. With their help, we will shape the conversation on engineering for global development. Our aim is to shine a light on deserving issues in the field and to provide a platform from which to add insight into current events, poorly understood situations and anything else that matters. We are proud to present E4C’s Contributing Editors, listed in alphabetical order.
Frank is an electrical engineer in the renewable energy industry, Director of Engineering at SoCore Energy, a member of the Board of Directors of EWB-USA and an Instructor for Village Earth, teaching web-based courses on Appropriate Technology and Human Centered Design at Colorado State and Duke universities.
Frank on Twitter: @FrankBergh
Susan is the founder and Executive Director of Improve International. She has 23 years of leadership roles in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds. She served on the boards of the Millennium Water Alliance and WASH Advocates and is now on the advisory committees for DRI’s Circuit Rider promotion efforts and the Water Point Data Exchange. Susan previously worked with Water For People, CARE USA, and WaterPartners International (now water.org).
Susan on Twitter: @Improve_Intl
Laura Walker Hudson
As the Chief Executive Officer of the Social Impact Lab, Laura helps people use inclusive technologies to make systems and services more accessible and resilient. Before SIMLab, Laura worked for the British Red Cross on international humanitarian policy with a focus on innovation, cash transfer programming, civil-military relations, and strategic planning.
Laura on Twitter; @TechLadyLaura
Diana is COO and co-founder of Essmart, a distribution company for life-improving technologies in southern India. Before her work at Essmart, Diana studied social impact technology at MIT. Her writing has been featured in USAID Frontiers in Development, MIT Entrepreneurship Review, and Stanford Social Innovation Review blog.
Diana on Twitter: @DianaJue
Jason founded the social enterprise Toilets for People in 2012 and he serves as its president. He has expertise in water and sanitation engineering and design and has worked for 15 years as an environmental engineer. His career has included positions in large and small consulting firms and city agencies. Through Rotary International and Engineers Without Borders-USA, Jason has traveled to communities in Peru, El Salvador and Haiti to design and install water and sanitation infrastructure. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife.
Josh is a PhD candidate in environmental engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a visiting researcher at North Carolina State University. His research explores the applicability of locally produced biomass char (biochar) as a low-cost adsorbent for drinking water treatment in developing communities. Josh has worked in the fields of ecological economics and sustainability science and he founded Aqueous Solutions, a non-profit organization that researches and deploys appropriate technologies in water and sanitation.
Personal site: sites.google.com/site/joshkearnsprofessionalsite/
Khanjan is the founding director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program and an assistant professor of engineering design at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State). Khanjan leads technology-based social ventures. Some of his projects have included telemedicine systems and ruggedized biomedical devices; low-cost greenhouses; solar food dryers and cell-phone-based social networking systems, among others.
Personal site: www.personal.psu.edu/krm209/blogs/home/
Jordan is a bioengineer studying Global Health at Duke University, where her research focuses on product implementation in the Middle East and North Africa.
Garrett is the Newborn Health Product Manager at D-Rev. He is passionate about using health technology as a vehicle for change. In college, he began repairing and installing second-hand, donated medical devices in hospitals and clinics in Central America and the Caribbean. Then he began designing technologies for low-resource settings and his devices and projects have been making a difference across Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa.
David is a PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab and President of Global Minimum, Inc., a non-profit that helps students prototype their ideas and that helps local people implement their solutions to local problems. David’s research in the Biomechatronics Group focuses on the design of comfortable prosthetic sockets and wearable interfaces. He is a 2014 TED Fellow and he is listed in Forbes 30 Under 30 in Technology for 2013, and the Wired Smart List 2013. He was born and raised in Sierra Leone.