ASME in collaboration with Engineering for Change (E4C), Ball State University, and IEEE is conducting a National Science Foundation (NSF) workshop on identifying research topics dealing with the Base of the Pyramid–a term used to refer to individuals around the world living on less than $4 a day.
The event, Research in Materials and Manufacturing for Extreme Affordability (RIMMEA) Workshop, is scheduled next week, March 18-19, at Ball State University, in Muncie, Ind. The keynote event will highlight the work of Larry Barrow, a Harvard-trained architect and founder of fabHAUS; Anil Gupta, professor of management at the Indian Institute of Management and founder of the Honey Bee Network; and Amy Smith, a mechanical engineer and founder of MIT’s D-Lab. The keynote panel will also include remarks by Noha El-Ghobashy, President of Engineering for Change, LLC. The panel, moderated by John Falcioni, editor-in-chief of ASME’s Mechanical Engineering magazine, and other parts of the workshop will be broadcast live at http://bit.ly/E4C-RIMMEA.
This two-day workshop is part of the sponsoring organizations’ commitment to advance the field of engineering in the area of global development. The event furthers E4C’s (www.engineeringforchange.org) mission to provide collaborative opportunities for thought leaders and practitioners in this space.