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NAE Regional Meeting and De Lange VIII: Ingenious Impact: Partnerships to Move Prototypes to Practice

February 28, 2012 by Michelle Adler

Joint De Lange Conference Session & National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Regional Meeting

Engineering for Impact: Effecting Sustainable Change in the Developing World

February 28, 2012

Session II: BioScience Research Collaborative

Speaker: Michelle Adler, PMTCT Technical Advisor, Division of Global HIV/AIDS Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Abstract

Low-cost technologies are critical to providing quality prevention, care, and treatment in resource limited settings. University programs that foster student ingenuity offer important opportunities for designing and piloting prototypes. This presentation will provide illustrative examples of how partnerships between university engineering programs and international organizations can facilitate the development and refinement of highly effective, low-cost technologies. For these technologies to have impact, they need to be recognized internationally, and investments must be secured to develop and distribute them on a large scale. Creative partnerships with public and private sectors in areas such as production capacity, marketing, and regulatory approval have paved the way for successful adoption of technologies into health programs worldwide.

This session is the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Regional Meeting, presented in conjunction with the De Lange Conference VIII, and hosted by Rice University's George R. Brown School of Engineering and Rice 360: Institute of Global Health Technologies.

The De Lange Conference VIII promises to be a forward-looking forum for university leaders, visionaries, and researchers to contemplate the rapidly evolving ecosystem of research universities in response to powerful global forces and disruptive technologies. What forms will the global research universities of the future take? How will the new, global research enterprises at the heart of the university be organized and funded? Which strategies will enhance the competitiveness of research universities seeking to attract outstanding students, faculty, and resources in an increasingly global higher education marketplace? What will the impact of these changes be on our educational mission and values? At this conference, we will hear from leaders who contemplate both changes in the near-term and the longer-term processes that will likely result in profound transformations in the decades to come.

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