ASCE Honors Amadei with Its OPAL Lifetime Achievement Award for Education

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August 6, 2014

Bernard Amadei with the University of Colorado at BoulderBernard Amadei, Ph.D., Dist.M.ASCE, NAE, who has committed his entire professional career and much of his personal life to the development and education of the next generations of engineering students, is the recipient of ASCE’s 2015 Outstanding Projects and Leaders (OPAL) Lifetime Achievement award for education. Professor of civil engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder (UC Boulder), Amadei is the past director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities at CU Boulder and holds the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering. The Mortenson Center focuses on “engineering from a humanist perspective” and provides students an interactive education not only in the study of engineering, but also involves “history, sociology, economics, and political theory.” Founding president of Engineers Without Borders–USA (EWB-USA) and the co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders–International network, the program which was started in 2002, it allows engineering students – and professionals – to work in communities around the world, transforming the lives of the people one community at a time. Since its modest beginning 11 years ago, EWB-USA has grown into 180 student chapters, 70 professional chapters, and almost 600 projects. The skills and knowledge that the students gain and their understanding of the global environment is invaluable in their future careers. Amadei, who received his Ph.D. in 1982 from the University of California at Berkeley, has been extremely active in publishing papers in both scientific journals and professional meetings. He has coauthored 2 books and approximately 170 technical papers, including his new book titled Engineering for Sustainable Human Development, to be published by ASCE Press in September 2014. Amadei’s research at the University of Colorado has been multidisciplinary and his current interests cover the topics of sustainability and global development. He has also provided consulting services to various engineering companies and organizations around the world. Among his many honors and distinctions, Amadei is the recipient of the 2007 ASCE Hoover Medal, the 2007 corecipient of the Heinz Award for the Environment; the recipient of the 2008 Engineering News Record Award of Excellence; an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering; and an Ashoka-Knight Fellow. A holder of 5 honorary doctoral degrees (University of Massachusetts Lowell, Caroll College, Clarkson, Drexel, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute), in 2013/2014 Amadei served as a Science Envoy to Pakistan and Nepal for the U.S. Department of State.

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