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ASME’s Engineering for Change and ITU Host Fostering STI Ecosystems for Impact virtual side-event of the U.N. Science Technology and Innovation Forum, May 3

Parul Dubey on April 29, 2021 - in Announcement, Events, News

What: Mounting evidence demonstrates the critical role that digital tools, platforms, and networks play in activating engineering talent and accelerating solutions to address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)’s Engineering for Change and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) are hosting “Fostering STI Ecosystems for Impact: Enabling Technologies Advancing Human Infrastructure,” a virtual side event of the U.N.’s 6th Annual Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science Technology and Innovation for the SDGs. This session is designed to create a better understanding of how enabling technologies can be used to develop and deploy human infrastructure, strengthen stakeholder partnerships, accelerate innovation, and contribute to building better through the SDGs. The event will take an ecosystem approach, integrating lessons learned from the pandemic, to yield practical insights.

When: Monday, May 3, 2021, 9:30-10:45 a.m. ET

Who:  With more than 100 participants including U.N. STI Forum attendees, the program will incorporate multistakeholder speakers from business, NGOs, government, academia, and cross-sector organizations, as well as front-line entrepreneurs. Opening speakers include:

  • ITU Deputy Secretary-General Malcolm Johnson
  • ASME Executive Director/CEO Tom Costabile
  • H.E. Mrs. Milica Pejanović Đurišić, Permanent Representative of Montenegro to the United Nations

Iana Aranda, director of ASME’s Engineering Global Development sector, will welcome participants, provide a high-level overview of ASME’s Engineering for Change (E4C) platform, announce the 2021 cohort of E4C Research Fellows, and introduce speakers. She will be joined by Carolina Rojas, E4C Research Fellow and technical focal point for the U.N. Major Group for Children and Youth, to facilitate a panel discussion with leaders from Autodesk Foundation, Kenya National Innovation Agency, ITU / UNICEF Innovation, and University of Colorado Boulder.  

Visit https://www.engineeringforchange.org/webinar/fostering-ecosystems-impact-enabling-technologies-advancing-human-infrastructure/ for more event details. 


About Engineering for Change (E4C)

Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, Engineering for Change (E4C) is a knowledge organization dedicated to preparing, educating, and activating the international engineering workforce to improve the quality of life of underserved communities worldwide. E4C provides access to resources, talent and platforms that accelerate the development of impactful solutions and infuse engineering rigor into global development. Our diverse, global community of more than one million people comprises engineers, technologists, social entrepreneurs, and development practitioners.

Jointly founded by ASME and other leading engineering societies, E4C has attracted the support of a variety of partners and sponsors ranging from industry, academia, non-profits and multilateral organizations, and corporations including Siemens.



About ASME

ASME helps the global engineering community develop solutions to real world challenges.  Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a not-for-profit professional organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing and skill development across all engineering disciplines, while promoting the vital role of the engineer in society. ASME codes and standards, publications, conferences, continuing education, and professional development programs provide a foundation for advancing technical knowledge and a safer world.  ASME recently formed the International Society of Interdisciplinary Engineers (ISIE) LLC, a new for-profit subsidiary to house business ventures that will bring new and innovative products, services, and technologies to the engineering community. For more information, visit www.asme.org.


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