Technical and Engineering Challenges of Addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

November 1-2, 2018
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This workshop will bring together engineering disciplines to develop a unified response and path forward for fostering the successful implementation of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The United Nations recently published 17 Sustainable Development Goals1. Many of these goals pertain to the engineering community including clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, industry, innovation and infrastructure, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, climate action, etc.

The implementation phase for the targets embodied in these goals will need to begin soon. While the policy component of the goals is reasonably well established, and while some of the goals may be outside the purview of engineering, successful implementation of many of these goals will require substantial new engineering, reengineering, and retrofitting across all engineering disciplines.

The goal of this workshop is to formally frame the discussion that must take place across all of engineering so that the requisite actions become possible and successful. This is directly supporting UEF mission to advance engineering arts and science for the welfare of humanity. The workshop has the following three specific goals:

  1. Establish the new engineering, reengineering, and retrofitting of production systems for goods and energy.
  2. Establish the new engineering, reengineering, and retrofitting of infrastructure.
  3. Establish the changes that are necessary in the education and professional training of engineers across disciplines.

Steering Committee

  • Heriberto Cabezas, US EPA, AIChE
  • Lucy Alexander, AIChE
  • Randy  Over, AAES
  • Melissa  Prelewicz, AAES
  • Bill Kelly, ASCE
  • Dele Ogunseitan, UC Irvine, TMS
  • Linda Battalora, Colorado School of Mines, SPE
  • Dick Wright, ASCE
  • Reggie Vachon, ASME
  • Preliminary Schedule

    Thursday, November 1, 2018

    8:30 AM - 9:00 AM Opening Remarks and Workshop Agenda
    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Session 1:  Production Systems for Goods and Energy
    12:30 PM -1:30 PM Lunch
    1:30 PM -5:00 PM Session 2:  Infrastructure
    5:00 PM -6:00 PM Networking Reception

    Friday, November 2, 2018

    8:45 AM - 9:00 AM Introductory Remarks and Agenda
    9:00 AM - 12:30 PM Session 3:  Education and Professional Training of Engineers
    12:30 PM -1:00 PM Recap and End of General Workshop
    1:00 PM -3:00 PM Organizing Committee Workshop - by invite only

    Schedule is preliminary and subject to change without notice.

    This workshop was possible thanks to a generous grant from the United Engineering Foundation. The United Engineering Foundation does not endorse results or recommendations from this workshop.

    Featured Speakers

    E. William Colglazier

    Dr. E. William Colglazier is Editor-in-Chief of Science & Diplomacy and Senior Scholar in the Center for Science Diplomacy at the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS).  He works there to advance knowledge and practice on science policy and science diplomacy and to support international collaboration and cooperation in science and technology. He served as the fourth Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State from 2011 to 2014.  In this non-political position of fixed term, his role was to provide scientific and technical expertise and advice in...Read more

    William Kelly

    William E. Kelly, Ph.D., P.E., retired as director of external affairs at the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) in 2015.  Prior to joining ASEE in September of 2007, he was a professor of civil engineering at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. where he also served as dean of the school of engineering from 1996-2001.   He is a past member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Committee on Sustainability (CoS) and has taught sustainability as a practitioner adjunct faculty member at George Mason University.  He is a co-...Read more

    Joe Lima

    Joe Lima is the Director of Global Environmental Sustainability for Schlumberger. Before this role, Joe served as Global Environmental Solutions Manager for Schlumberger Well Services where he was responsible for developing technologies that reduce the overall completion footprint as well as the development of the Schlumberger chemical disclosure process. From 2008 through 2010, Joe served as the Unconventional Resources Theme Manager for North America where he was responsible for directing technology development and application throughout the region specifically for shale and tight gas...Read more