A Visit with the Yale Chapter of Engineers Without Borders

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Tuesday evening at the Mann Student Center at the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, the Yale Chapter of Engineers Without Borders held their weekly meeting, and they took this opportunity to invite Mr. Leonardo Stoute, President and CEO or the LSI Group, as a special guest speaker.

Over the past 7 years, EWB-Yale has maintained a strong presence in Kikoo and nearby Roh, Cameroon, where they have built water storage tanks and a standpipe distribution system to enable thousands of people to have access to clean water on a daily basis.  In close collaboration with the local communities, members of EWB-Yale have not only established and operated of the system, but also educated the people in the community as to proper maintenance and the importance of sanitation and its impact on health.

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Weekly meetings often include regular updates from project leads within EWB, whose members are sub-divided into teams dealing with design, finance, and education and outreach.  This week, regular business was followed by a brief introduction to the challenges and possibilities for sustainable engineering and energy technologies in Indonesia.  A selected group of EWB members continued the conversation with Leonardo Stoute, President & CEO of the LSI Group, afterward over dinner at the nearby Timothy Dwight College dining hall.

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The dinner setting was intimate, and the students had quality one-on-one time with Mr. Stoute. They asked about how his interest in Indonesia developed and inquired as to the mission and goals of the LSI Group. Mr. Stoute explained that his consulting work stemmed from a deep appreciation and gratitude toward the generous people of Indonesia, and how the arts and culture of that county first attracted him to it. He explained that the group’s mission is to assist people, through humanitarian, non-profit, and even business projects to improve their environment, health, education and commerce. At the end, the students thanked Mr. Stoute extensively for his time, and agreed to stay in touch to develop further connections.

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Indonesian farmers provide expertise to farmers in Tanzania

What follow is a compilation of two articles that were posted by the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in New York (KJRI); Click here for the original articles ONE and TWO.

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Tanzania’s Deputy Minister of Finance, Adam Kighoma Ali Malima, praised the development of agriculture in Indonesia. He said Tanzanian farmers should learn about agriculture to Indonesian farmers in improving the quality of crops.  “Tanzaniana should learn about irrigation from Indonesia to improve the quality of their crops” said Halima in his visit to the Nane Nane Festival at Morogoro, Wednesday (6/8).

Tanzanian farmers get many benefits from the Farmers Agriculture Rural Training Centre (FARTC), established in Mkindo by Indonesian farmers through Yayasan Amal Masyarakat Petani Indonesia (YAMPI) in 1996. Through FARTC, Indonesian agriculture experts provide training for Tanzanian farmers. 

The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, Zakaria Anshar, was invited as the guest of Honour to the Nane Nane Festival due to Indonesia’s contribution in developing Tanzanian agriculture.  He encouraged Tanzania’s governmental efforts in improving its agriculture.  “The Tanzanian government has done many things to improve its agriculture. I can see the effort in this festival. As an agricultural country, Indonesia will support Tanzania, as Tanzanian economy depends heavily on agriculture, which accounts for more than 25 percent of the GDP, provides 85 percent of all exports, and employs 80 percent of the work force,” he said.

The Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Christopher Chiza, said Indonesia plays an important role in Tanzanian agriculture. “Indonesia has an important role in developing agriculture in Tanzania by providing knowledge and training for our farmers,” said the minister.

Nane Nane, an agricultural festival, is a public holiday in Tanzania, held on August 8th.  The Nane Nane exhibition is a national event celebrated to recognize farmers’ contribution to the Tanzanian economy. It provides farmers and stake holders an opportunity to exchange knowledge and business.  Nane Nane is celebrated in 7 zones: Northern Arusha, Eastern Morogoro, Lake Mwanza, Highland Mbeya, Southern Lindi and Songea, Western Tabora, and Central Dodoma, from August 1st to 8th, annually. 

Agriculture plays an important role in Tanzanian economy.  Agriculture provides 85 percent of exports, with cash crops such as coffee, tea, cotton, cashews, sisal, and pyrethrum accounting for the majority of export earnings. ​(Source: The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Dar Es Salam)

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Technology Integration in Classrooms on the Rise

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At top institutions of higher education around the globe, faculty and administration continue to integrate technology into the classroom. Here are snapshots from two leading universities in the United States, Yale and Harvard, as they integrate technology into learning environments for the benefit of both students and teachers.

Yale University:
Technology Enabled Active Learning room takes off
Tech-savvy classroom to transform learning

Harvard University:
Technology to the Classroom
Digital teaching and learning studio to open at Widener Library

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Yale University Unveils Energy Studies Program

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Starting in the fall of 2013, undergraduate students at Yale University can combine their majors with the Program in Energy Studies, in an interdisciplinary approach facilitated by the Yale Climate and Energy Institute (YCEI). One major benefit of the new Energy Studies Program is that it will allow undergraduates to complete a capstone project during their senior year, whether it be an essay, a research study, or a summer job or internship in an energy-related field. Among the standard majors partnering with Energy Studies are Environmental Engineering and Geology and Geophysics, both of which boast strong research support at Yale.

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Critical Skills for Future Leaders

Latest information from Kepner Tregoe:

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A recent Forbes article focused on the top 10 most critical job skills and identified the following skills as the top three:

  • Critical thinking
  • Complex problem solving
  • Judgment and decision making

Does your organization have an adequate pipeline of leaders with these specialized skills and the ability to work together toward common strategic and operational goals?

The foundation to building future leaders is to build strong critical thinking skills. Kepner-Tregoe (KT) workshops provide a systematic, common-language approach to solving problems, making better balanced decisions, and managing business-critical projects–all powered by logic and good questioning. Individuals credit our approach for advancing their careers. Organizations track our programs to bottom-line savings, year-after-year. Our programs will build your bench strength of current and future leaders, and empower anyone working in a team or project environment. While KT programs are brought in-house to train hundreds of personnel, we also offer public workshops in convenient locations worldwide.

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The D-Lab at MIT

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The D-Lab at MIT allows MIT students to bring sustainable, scalable technology into the developing world. A former D-Lab student and educator, Dr. Amy Banzaert is bringing her unique brand of engineering enthusiasm to Wellesley College. A recent article profiles Wellesley’s efforts to expan.d it’s engineering offerings. While Wellesley already offers joint programs with both Olin College of Engineering and MIT, the newly offered courses on the Wellesley campus will offer introductions to Engineering to science majors and non-majors alike.

One of the new courses, “Making a Difference Through Engineering,” will focus on sustainable energy technologies, among other improvements, that could be readily implemented in places like Nicaragua and Cape Verde. The class will include feasibility studies to determine the most appropriate technologies for a given community, and the chance to work with community partners both locally and abroad, much like the D-Lab Energy Course. Dr. Banzaert reflected on her time at the D-Lab after defending her PhD thesis “Viability of Waste-Based Cooking Fuels for Developing Countries: Combustion Emissions and Field Feasibility” in fall 2012.