Engineering for Development in the Third World Needs a Makeover, Finds Rensselaer Professor
Engineering for Development in the Third World Needs a Makeover, Finds Rensselaer ProfessorDate posted: 2010-08-25 15:33:08
In the developing world, philanthropic engineers offer rescue by wizardry, their bag of marvels filled with technical tricks like off-the-grid electricity fueled by scrub brush and washing machines powered by bicycles. Technological quick-fixes are a powerful lure, but the results will not meet the promise until technology bows to the larger context, according to a recent study co-authored by Rensselaer professor Dean Nieusma.
"The challenge is to get away from the technology as the silver bullet," said Nieusma, an assistant professor in the department of science and technology studies.