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Spring 2011-2012
MAE 456  

Global Technology

Winston O. Soboyejo

An introduction to key ideas in science, technology, humanities, and social sciences that are relevant to global development. The course will highlight essential needs in the rural environment and consider how to develop environmentally-friendly scientific and technology solutions to satisfy these needs. The course will also examine the potential role of global technology in the development of rural and urban areas within the developing world. Morning lectures will be followed by field activities and group projects. The course will be taught at the Mpala Center as part of the Tropical Biology Program in Kenya.

Sample reading list:
Mark Hankins, Commonwealth Science Council, London, Solar for Africa
Charles I. Jones, 2nd Edition, W.W. Norton & Company, 2, Introduction to Economic Growth

Reading/Writing assignments:
The course will include homework and lab assignments, outdoor activities, and a group project that can impact local development within the Mpala area. There will be a final exam at the end of the three week session. Lab assignments will take advantage of the biodiversity around the Mpala area, as well as local energy sources.

Requirements/Grading:
Final Exam - 30%
Design Project - 30%
Lab Reports - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 20%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
No prior knowledge of science and mathematics will be assumed to ensure that students in the humanities and social sciences can also participate in the program. ENROLLMENT IN THIS COURSE IS RESTRICTED TO STUDENTS PARTICIPATING IN THE TROPICAL BIOLOGY PROGRAM IN KENYA..

Other information:
The science and technology course material will focus on drawing energy from the world around us. This will be presented within the context of solar, wind and hydro power. We will discuss the use of local materials and how to design creatively with such materials. The interdisciplinary group project will seek to find environmentally friendly sustainable solutions to local problems. Prof. O. Aduda, Department of Physics, University of Nairobi will Co-Instruct.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42700 L01 TBA        Enrolled:10 Limit:16