On November 6, 2018 Drexel’s Peace Engineering program, along with the Center for Science, Technology and Society, hosted Dr. Clive Lipchin, director of the Center for Transboundary Water Management at the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies in Israel. Dr. Lipchin presented a workshop on decentralized wastewater treatment practices and innovations and gave a university-wide seminar entitled From Scarcity to Abundance – Israel’s Experience with Water Management. He also met with a student design group working on wastewater treatment options in rural Alabama, and with student researchers studying transboundary water quality and resource allocation in the Jordan River Basin.
At the Arava Institute, Dr. Lipchin oversees research and development projects, workshops and conferences that focus on transboundary water and environmental problems facing Israel, Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. His specialty is in water resources management and policy.
Peace Engineering Education
Peace Engineering Co-Directors James Tangorra and Mira Olson facilitated a workshop at WEEF-GEDC 2018, the joint annual summit of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES) and the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC). Their plenary panel highlightied the importance of peace engineering both to the future of engineering education and as an emerging discipline of study. Over 40 participants from academia, government and practice worked to define a body of knowledge for peace engineering that draws on technical knowledge and social understanding.
WEEF-GEDC took place on November 12 through 16, 2018, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.