David Zelinka was part of the first official graduating class from Purdue University's Environmental and Ecological Engineering Program. In his final year, he passed his FE exam focusing in environmental engineering. Following, he completed his MS in Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado Denver in the Environmental and Sustainability Engineering program with his thesis focusing on an environmental impact assessment of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing fluids in coal-bed methane and regular oil and gas wells in Colorado. While in the middle of his master's degree, he also spent a year as a graduate intern at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory studying renewable energy commercialization in Caribbean countries among other areas. He is currently completing is second master's in engineering for developing communities in conjunction with his PhD Civil Systems Engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder. His trans-disciplinary research involves addressing global development issues from an engineering, political, and economic perspective.
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.
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