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Engineers, Development, and Engineering Education: From National to Sustainable Community Development
European Journal of Engineering Education (2008)
  • J. Lucena, Colorado School of Mines
  • J. Schneider, Colorado School of Mines

In October 2007, Norman Borlaug wrote in Science magazine that ‘more than 200 science journals throughout the world will simultaneously publish papers on global poverty and human development – a collaborative effort to increase awareness, interest, and research about these important issues of our time’. Borlaug, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and father of the green revolution, was demonstrating that the scientific community is at last taking questions seriously of sustainability and development. Borlaug's own contentious role in the history of ‘development,’ however, points to the complexity of the term and the contested role scientists and engineers have played in that history. As engineering education initiatives incorporating sustainable development practices proliferate, it becomes ever more important to understand the historical lessons of development and the contributions of engineers. This paper outlines a history of engineering practice and education in relationship to development, sustainable development, and community development to help those committed to making engineering education relevant to environmental protection and community needs to better understand the challenges ahead.

  • history,
  • engineers,
  • development,
  • sustainability,
  • community development,
  • engineering education
Publication Date
June, 2008
Publisher Statement
This is an author-produced, peer-reviewed version of this article. The final, definitive version of this document can be found online at the European Journal of Engineering Education, published by Taylor & Francis. Copyright restrictions may apply. doi: 10.1080/03043790802088368
Citation Information
J. Lucena and J. Schneider. "Engineers, Development, and Engineering Education: From National to Sustainable Community Development" European Journal of Engineering Education Vol. 33 Iss. 3 (2008)
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