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(U.S.) National Engineers Week: Engineers Solve Problems That Matter

on Sun, 02/21/2016 - 16:46

Engineers solve global problems that inevitably make the world safer, more sustainable and increasingly comfortable for present day communities and future generations. This week, we're celebrating National Engineers Week in the United States.  

Today’s engineers live in an exciting, unparalleled time in our history—where technology is evolving faster than ever—engineers are embracing new frontiers to not only solve the world’s problems, but also create new ways of thinking, educating, and collaborating.

In today's post we highlight an incredible story written by Elsevier Connect Editor-in-Chief, Alison Bert, on how two American engineers worked with other awe-inspiring minds to address the global health challenge of infant mortality due to breathing related difficulties.  According to the World Health Organization, 1.8 million newborn deaths occur annually due to breathing problems and most happen in developing countries. Like all global challenges, it required an interdisciplinary team to strategize a solution.

The engineers, Dr. Kevin Cedrone, PhD in mechanical engineering from MIT and Jim Wright, electrical engineer, former United States Marine and Iraq War Veteran; collaborated with two pediatricians, 
Dr. Santorino Data graduate of Mbarara University of Science & Technology, Uganda and Dr. Kristian Olsen, graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, as well as, industrial designer, Beth Mosher, Associate Professor at the Rhode Island School of Design, to invent an affordable device that would help save newborn lives.  Read the full story and watch the video.


Return to the Engineering Village blog daily for new and informative posts during National Engineers Week and tweet @EngVillage #EngineersWeek if you have a story to share for an upcoming webinar or blog post.
To learn more about how we can support engineers register here to watch the 'Solving Problems That Matter: Critical Insights for Preparing the Next Generation of Engineers' webcast.