Bernard Amadei

Bernard Amadei is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He received his PhD in 1982 from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Amadei is the Faculty Director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities at CU Boulder and holds the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering. He is also the founding President of Engineers Without Borders-USA and the co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International network. Among other distinctions, Dr. Amadei is the 2007 co-recipient of the Heinz Award for the Environment, recipient of the 2008 ENR Award of Excellence, and an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. See


Bernard Amadei has applied for and been awarded 1 grant

  • A Course in Appropriate Technologies for the Developing World

    Began June, 2005 and ended May, 2008

    The University of Colorado at Boulder is requesting $49,500 from the NCIIA to contribute toward the development and initial offering of a new course on Appropriate Technologies for the Developing World in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering (CEAE). This course is envisioned as a two-semester, six-credit senior capstone design course with significant research and design in appropriate/sustainable technology and community planning and development. This course would be the next in a series of newly developed courses in the Engineering for Developing Communities (ECD) program. Other recently developed courses include Sustainability and the Built Environment and Introduction to Public Health. The proposed course will include environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering and mechanics, and water resources engineering and management components – all with a focus on designs for developing communities. The course will also introduce students to cultural and social awareness, help them work in interdisciplinary teams, and develop a professional work ethic. The EDC program’s mission is to educate a new generation of globally responsible engineering students and professionals who can offer sustainable and appropriate solutions to the endemic problems of poverty afflicting developing communities. These include water provisioning and purification, sanitation, energy, shelter, food production and distribution, and communication. EDC students learn the basic steps of engineering from concept to implementation by working on projects in developing communities. They also learn to understand the interaction of the built environment with natural systems, and the interplay between technical and non-technical issues shaping engineering decisions in the world today.

    With the team:

    • Bernard Amadei
    • Richard Sasscer Proposal Analyst, Office of Contracts and Grants, University of Colorado at Boulder
    • JoAnn Silverstein Professor / Chair, Dept. of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
    • Robert Davis Dean, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Colorado at Boulder