Keynote 2017

"Engineering for Humanity" by Brandon Reynante

Billions of people lack the freedom to live safe, healthy, comfortable, and prosperous lives. Meanwhile, increasing consumption of limited natural resources and a rapidly growing world population pose existential threats to humanity and the environment. Professor Brandon Reynante, UC San Diego, will present guidelines for humanitarian engineering through his work with 
multi-disciplinary student teams in the Global TIES program to develop engineering and technology solutions to these challenges. By dreaming big, engineers use their knowledge and skills to innovate, collaborate and develop human-centered, context-appropriate, and sustainable technology-based solutions that benefit humanity.

Brandon Reynante has led and advised numerous projects spanning the agriculture, energy, information/communication technology, health, housing, transport, waste management, and water sectors in diverse settings such as the U.S., Mexico, Nepal, and the Philippines. Mr. Reynante is a Lecturer in the Global TIES - Teams in Engineering Service program and faculty advisor for the UC San Diego chapters of Engineers Without Borders and Engineers for a Sustainable World. Global TIES is a humanitarian engineering and social innovation program in which teams of students collaborate with non-profit organizations to develop technology-based solutions that empower under-served communities and promote ecological sustainability.