Archive for December 13th, 2010


searching for answers in the developing world

The search for truth about education, health and nutrition as it pertains to the developing world is mired in local politics and geopolitics.

The obstacles that exist in providing fundamental services in Third World countries are so foreign from those that exist in the world most of us live in that only through observing the situation first-hand can we appreciate the magnitude of the challenges that face humanitarian efforts worldwide.

This is one of the reasons that for several years now New York Times columnist Nick Kristof travels to the Third World in search of stories that bring us all closer to the realities on the ground. In his column yesterday, click here to read it, he talks about his experiences in traveling these parts of the world and he welcomes readers who may want to join him in his upcoming fact-finding and reporting trip.

Because the answers to some of the challenges that exist are found in the work of engineers and technologists, whose work impacts the infrastructure and lays the groundwork to improvements in education, healthcare, and nutrition, we encourage Mr. Kristof to look for and write about ways in which engineers can help.

One way to engage technologists is through ASME’s Engineering for Change initiative, of which you’ll hear more next month.

It takes many people working in different ways to make a dent in the lives of those living in what’s referred to as the Base of the Pyramid. Engineers provide the infrastructure that leads to a better life. We must help ensure that they have the inspiration to do so.

The Editor

John G. Falcioni is Editor-in-Chief of Mechanical Engineering magazine, the flagship publication of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

December 2010

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