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Oxfam America president to address students and professionals at first national conference of Cornell-based Engineers Without Frontiers Sept 17-20

Oxfam America president to address students and professionals at first national conference of Cornell-based Engineers Without Frontiers Sept 17-20.

Engineers Without Frontiers USA (EWF-USA) is holding its first national conference on sustainable development through participatory approaches. Raymond Offenheiser, president of award-winning Oxfam America will deliver the keynote address at the closing banquet. Other notable speakers include Paula Huntley, best-selling author of The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo and Pat Galloway, the first woman elected president of the American Society of Civil Engineers. EWF-USA is in only it's second year of existance, but already has over 400 members from over 30 universities

(PRWEB) September 17, 2003

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ITHACA, NY (PRWEB) September 15, 2003--– Engineers Without Frontiers USA is holding its first annual national conference September 17-20 at Cornell University, aimed at educating and dialoguing with participants about the challenges of international development.

The national conference, a first for the two-year old organization, will also serve to strengthen connections between the 400 members from over 30 universities across the nation. The conference is titled, “Bridging the Divide,” highlighting EWF-USA’s commitment to interdisciplinary and participatory methods in order to achieve appropriate, sustainable development.

Over the course of 3 days, conference delegates will participate in workshops, panel discussions, and hear from distinguished keynote speakers of diverse backgrounds that address the social, environmental, and technical issues of international development.

Raymond Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America since 1995 will be delivering a keynote address at the closing banquet. Oxfam is an international confederation of 12 organizations cooperating to combat suffering and poverty in over 100 nations. In 2002, Oxfam received the Seoul Peace Prize, a prestigious award with past recipients such as Kofi Annan and Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders).

Other keynote speakers include Patricia Galloway, the first woman elected as president of the American Society of Civil Engineers; George Bugliarello, Foreign Secretary at the National Academy of Engineering; Dan Kammen, the founding director of BerkeleyÂ’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory; and Paula Huntley, best-selling author of The Hemingway Book Club of Kosovo.

The conference will feature a workshop structure that will allow participants to synthesize the knowledge they have gained in technical and regional workshops in a third, “Integrated technology and social issues” workshop. Workshops are free to the public and Cornell students. A complete schedule is available online at:

Http://www. ewf-usa. org/conference/ (http://www. ewf-usa. org/conference/)

Engineers Without Frontiers USA is a national service organization that partners with developing communities to foster cultural, educational, and technical exchange to build a more sustainable world.

  EWF-USA aims to engage students and young professionals in hands-on community planning through internships with development agencies, service-based projects coordinated by university chapters, and study abroad opportunities. EWF members are a diverse group of students and professionals, with interest and expertise in many areas, including international development, engineering, and participatory action.

At over thirty universities, EWF's 400 plus members and volunteers raise awareness about global development challenges and partner with developing communities on projects that lead to a more equitable and sustainable way of life. By undertaking projects in the areas of water and sanitation, food production, health and hygiene, communications and information technology, EWF has lasting impact in the lives of those who are most in need. EWF chapters and the national organization have ongoing activities in South America, Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the United States.

Contact Information

Dan Bonner

EWF Cornell Chapter

Vice President of Publicity

6112 Sperry Hall

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853

508-380-5305 (Cell)

607-253-0819 (Home)

Dkb27@cornell. edu

Regina Clewlow

EWF Executive Director

170 Uris Hall

Ithaca, NY 14853

607-255-8996

Executive-director@ewf-usa. org