WELCOME TO THE LAUNCH ISSUE of Demand. Two years ago, ASME’s Engineering for Global Development
group piloted a new concept for the engineering
community: a review, of sorts, of technology-based solutions tackling pressing global issues
from climate change to public healthcare to
infrastructure. The publication featured in-depth
case studies by practitioners in the field of
development engineering that were meant to
expose the critical challenges, unique partnerships
and meticulous due diligence behind their work.
The response was overwhelmingly enthusiastic.
As Demand’s new managing editor, I am
excited to work with ASME to build the future of
this publication. From my first conversation with
the origination team, I was struck by its unique,
intelligent mission, which endeavors to deliver
timely, in-depth and accessible information to the
wide spectrum of problem-solvers in the global
development community. I look forward to helping
carry that mission forward.
Much like the audiences we serve, our team has
learned from our early work. Demand’s pilot phase
taught us a lot about what we can do better, and
this issue reflects some of those learnings. We
now have a seasoned team of science journal-
ists working with us to research and report the
case study proposals we receive and which are
reviewed by our independent Editorial Advisory
Board. Work from these contributing editors has
been featured in The New York Times, Wired,
National Geographic news, Nature Medicine and
the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Their story-
telling allows Demand’s featured cases to present
multiple voices and perspectives from the teams
of engineers, academics and field practitioners
tackling pressing global challenges.
With that, we present six new studies exploring rural power, sanitation, early life care and
other topics. We lead this issue with the story
of Village Industrial Power–mechanical engineer
Carl Bielenberg’s bold project to bring power to
remote, off-the-grid communities using a new
twist on an old technology.
ARUN VENKATESAN is
an independent consultant who
works with small and medium-sized businesses to develop innovative, affordable and sustainable
products into tangible ventures.
His research and technical leadership has covered microporous
polymers, fuel-cell materials and
design and physiological sensors
materials. He holds a Ph.D. in
DANIELE LANTAGNE is
an Assistant Professor in Civil
and Environmental Engineering
at Tufts University. She received
her Ph.D. from the London School
of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
and completed her post-doctoral
work at Harvard. Dr. Lantagne
has provided technical assistance
and evaluation of water treatment implementations in more
than 50 countries.
JASON PRAPAS is C TO
and co-founder of Factor(E)
Ventures, a firm that finds,
validates, funds and grows
companies offering innovative
solutions to energy access.
He has been working in
energy R&D for over a decade.
Dr. Prapas holds a Ph.D. in
mechanical engineering from
Colorado State University.
FROM THE EDITOR
PROGRAM MANAGER, ASME
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS,
ENGINEERING FOR CHANGE
EDI TOR-IN-CHIEF, ME MAGAZINE
Demand is supported by the
ASME Foundation and produced
in collaboration with Mechanical
ASME (founded as the American Society of
Mechanical Engineers) promotes the art, science
& practice of multidisciplinary engineering and
allied sciences around the globe.
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