Robyn Sandekian is the Managing Director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities (MCEDC) at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU-Boulder). She earned BS and MS degrees in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU-Boulder in 1992 and 1994, respectively, then remained on campus to work for the Women in Engineering Program (WIEP). Ms. Sandekian joined the Engineering for Developing Communities Program (now known as the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities) in spring 2004, just as the first EDC graduate track was approved.
With MCEDC, her main duties have included student advising and academic program development. In addition to her management role in the Mortenson Center, Ms. Sandekian has taught an Engineering Projects course around the theme of appropriate technology and conducted research on social entrepreneurship and sustainable community development in Nepal in 2008. Ms. Sandekian earned a Specialist in Education (Ed. S.) degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Northern Colorado in May 2011 and began doctoral work in the Higher Education Student Affairs Leadership program there in fall 2011.
Dr. Amadei is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his PhD in 1982 from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Amadei holds the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering and serves as a Faculty co-Director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities. He is also the Founding President of Engineers Without Borders - USA and the co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International network. Among other distinctions, Dr. Amadei is the 2007 co-recipient of the Heinz Award for the Environment; the recipient of the 2008 ENR Award of Excellence; the recipient of the 2015 Washington and ASCE OPAL awards; an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering; and an elected Senior Ashoka Fellow. He holds five honorary doctoral degrees (UMass Lowell; Carroll College; Clarkson, Drexel, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute). In 2013 and 2014, Dr. Amadei served as a Science Envoy to Pakistan and Nepal for the U.S. Department of State.
Dr. Brent K. Jesiek is Associate Professor in the Schools of Engineering Education and Electrical and Computer Engineering at Purdue University. He is also an Associate Director of Purdue’s Global Engineering Program, leads the Global Engineering Education Collaboratory (GEEC) research group, and is the recipient of an NSF CAREER award to study boundary-spanning roles and competencies among early career engineers. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Tech and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Science and Technology Studies (STS) from Virginia Tech. Dr. Jesiek draws on expertise from engineering, computing, and the social sciences to advance understanding of geographic, disciplinary, and historical variations in engineering education and practice.
Stephen Lu is the David Packard Chair in Manufacturing Engineering at University of Southern California. His current professional interests include design thinking, collaborative engineering, technological innovation, and education reform. He has over 330 technical publications in these areas. He directs the Master of Science of Product Development Engineering degree program at USC. He is a senior Fellow of ASME and CIRP, and the founding Director of the iPodia Alliance (www.ipodialliance.org) – a global consortium of 11 leading universities that uses his iPodia pedagogy to create the ”classrooms without borders” paradigm.
Aaron Brown is an associate professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology. His work is primarily focused in the realm of appropriate design and humanitarian engineering. He has worked on development projects all over the globe but his most recent humanitarian engineering project is focused locally in Denver where he is implementing the installation of solar furnaces he designed to help a low income community reduce their energy bills. This project was recently featured on NPR, the Denver Post and earned him the title ”Community Game Changer of the Month” from CBS Denver. He also was recently nominated for the Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year award and the Presidential Award for STEM mentoring, both related to this project. Previous to his academic career Aaron Brown worked in the aerospace industry on such projects as the Mars Curiosity landing mechanism and Hubble robotics mission.
Dr. John Via III is currently the Associate Dean of Engineering for Online Programs, Head of the Engineering Management Department, Director of the Engineering Management Program, Founding Director of the Systems Engineering Program, and a Teaching Professor at Drexel University. While working in industry, he taught for 4 years as an Adjunct Professor in Engineering at Texas Christian University, and taught 9 years as Adjunct Professor in Engineering Management at Southern Methodist University in the Executive MS Engineering Management Program.
Dr. John Via, III has extensive general management experience leading operations in North and South America, Europe and Asia, primarily in the pharmaceutical, medical device and chemical manufacturing industries. Dr. Via has 30 years of industrial experience, spending the last 20 years at Alcon Laboratories where he served as Vice President of Manufacturing for both the Global Surgical and Global Pharmaceutical & Lens Care Business units. He has a proven track record in manufacturing (internal and contract) operations; design, construction, validation and start-up of new manufacturing plants; technology transfer and new product launches; validation and regulatory compliance in the US and international markets; improving safety and productivity performance; business continuity; organizational development and succession planning; and building and growing cost-competitive organizations. Dr. Via retired from Alcon in August 2012 and joined Drexel in October of 2012.
Dr. Via received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia, a Master of Engineering Science from Lamar University, both a M.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. in Engineering Management from Drexel University, a M.S. Manufacturing Systems Management, a MLA, and a Doctor of Engineering in Engineering Management from Southern Methodist University. Dr. Via also completed the Program for Management Development (PMD) at Harvard Business School. Dr. Via is a registered Professional Engineer (Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Texas) and is a certified Professional Engineering Manager.