Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Engineering For Change

Engineering for Change (E4C) -- a joint initiative founded by ASME, IEEE, and Engineers Without Borders-USA -- reached a milestone this past May when its 10,000th member registered for the social network.  The E4C network began in 2011 and at the time of this writing had 11215 active members (per E4C's home page).

By registering on the website (registration is free), engineers, scientists, and other technology-related professionals can discuss and assist with projects affecting the developing world.  With the recent approval by ASME's Board of Governors to support the 2012 operations of E4C with a $250,000 contribution -- matching IEEE's $250,000 funding for 2012 -- E4C should be around long enough to connect even more able-minded Samaritans.

Personally, I have always been interested in the miracles Doctors Without Borders and Engineers Without Borders have been able to accomplish.  But, traveling and putting boots on the ground in those developing areas have not reached the top of my capabilities.  Membership with E4C provides a link for those who want to help, but can't physically participate at this time.

If you have an altruistic nature, have great ideas that could aid people in developing areas, or want to educate yourself by expanding your understanding of the world around you, I recommend signing up for the free membership at Engineering for Change and see if there is an area where you can help.
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