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2008 Engineering Leader of the Year

Bernard Amadei, Founder of Engineers Without Borders

Bernard Amadei Bernard Amadei is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His main research and teaching interests have initially been in rock mechanics and engineering geology. He obtained his MaSc. degree in Civil Engineering in 1979 from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering in 1982 from the University of California, Berkeley.

Prof. Amadei has been extremely active in publishing papers in both scientific journals and professional meetings. He has co-authored two books and approximately 150 technical papers. His research at the University of Colorado has been multidisciplinary. He has also provided consulting services to various engineering companies and organizations around the world.

Prof. Amadei’s current interests cover the topics of sustainability and international development. At the University of Colorado at Boulder, Prof. Amadei directs a new program in Engineering for Developing Communities. Its overall mission is to educate globally responsible engineering students and professionals who can offer sustainable and appropriate solutions to the endemic problems faced by developing communities worldwide.

Prof. Amadei is also the Founding President of Engineers Without Borders-USA and the co-founder of the Engineers Without Borders-International network. The mission of EWB-USA is to partner with disadvantaged communities to improve their quality of life through implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while involving and training internationally responsible engineering professionals and students.

Prof. Amadei is the recipient of the 2002 Colorado Bank One Award for outstanding outreach community service, a 2003 CU Boulder Subaru Award; a 2003 E-Achievement Award from E-Town; the 2005 Nayudamma Award from the Nayudamma Center for Development Alternatives in Nellore, India; the 2005 AAES Norm Augustine Award; a 2005 Service Award for Professional Excellence from Rotary International; the 2005 Hassib J. Sabbagh Award for Excellence in Engineering Construction (with EWB-USA) from the World Federation of Engineering Organizations; the 2006 General Palmer Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado; the 2006 Ralph Coats Roe Medal from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; the 2007 Hoover Medal from ASCE, ASME, IEEE, AIME, and AIChE; and co-recipient of the 2007 Heinz Foundation Award for the Environment. He is working on a new book entitled “Engineering With Soul”.