Engineers for a Sustainable World to move to UC Merced
June 29, 2011
• Will be based in Central Valley as of Friday
• Moves from New York
As of Friday, the University of California, Merced, will be the new headquarters of Engineers for a Sustainable World, a global nonprofit network of about 4,000 students, faculty and professionals dedicated to “building a sustainable world for current and future generations.”
It has been based at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.
“The vision for Engineers for a Sustainable World is improving the quality of life and the prosperity of the planet, but in a way that’s economically, environmentally and socially sustainable,” says Daniel Hirleman, dean of UC Merced’s School of Engineering and chairman of the ESW advisory board.
Industry leaders in the San Joaquin Valley say they can see the benefit UC Merced’s involvement in ESW could have both regionally and globally.
“Sustainability of our water supply is a critical challenge facing the San Joaquin Valley and the world,” says Henrik Laursen, head of the Grundfos Water Technology Center in Fresno. “We look forward to partnering with them on regional and global initiatives.”
A student chapter of ESW has been established at UC Merced, and a number of UC Merced students are working on ESW projects, from designing a solar-powered cargo ship to using solar energy to power distillation plants needed to provide clean water to small San Joaquin Valley communities.