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Matthew Jelacic and Tom Bowen survey a site in Leogane, Haiti.

Matthew Jelacic and Tom Bowen survey a site in Leogane, Haiti.

Dr. Bernard Amadei is Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His main research and teaching interests have initially been in rock mechanics and engineering geology. He obtained his MaSc degree in Civil Engineering in 1979 from the University of Toronto and his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering in 1982 from the University of California, Berkeley. He was recently elected a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.  Prof. Amadei has been extremely active in publishing papers in both scientific journals and professional meetings. He has co-authored two books and approximately 160 technical papers. His research at the University of Colorado has been multidisciplinary. He has also provided consulting services to various engineering companies and organizations around the world.  Prof. Amadei’s current interests cover the topics of sustainability and international development. At the University of Colorado at Boulder, Prof. Amadei directs the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities ( Its overall mission is to educate globally responsible engineering students and professionals who can offer sustainable and appropriate solutions to the endemic problems faced by developing communities worldwide.  Prof. Amadei is also the Founding President of Engineers Without Borders - USA ( and co-founder of Engineers Without Borders-International ( Prof. Amadei’s goal is to promote sustainable development, appropriate technology, service learning, and system thinking in the curriculum and research of civil and environmental engineering programs at CU Boulder and other U.S. universities. 

Tom Bowen is a water resource management expert and works with Professor Amadei at the Mortenson Center at the University of Colorado where he graduated with an MS in Civil Engineering in 2000. Tom built and remodeled houses and commercial structures throughout the 80s and into the early 90s and is currently working with the Crow Indian Tribe in Montana and the Bureau of Indian Affairs on a sustainable housing and business development program that turns tribal soil into compressed earth blocks (CEBs) to alleviate their housing shortage and provide job training and stimulate self-sufficiency.  From 2001 to 2009, Tom was the operations manager for the Structural and Earthquake Engineering Testing Laboratory at CU-Boulder, a component of the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation program,

Dr. Fabio Matta is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Carolina (USC), which he joined in February, 2010.  His research interests are in the areas of advanced composite systems for internal reinforcement of concrete, sustainable material systems and technologies for new construction and rehabilitation, crashworthy design of structures, and monitoring, assessment and prognosis of constructed facilities.  He has published forty papers in refereed journals and conference proceedings, and several articles in professional magazines and reports to sponsors.  Prior to joining USC, Dr. Matta has been a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Miami, where he served as the Associate Director of the NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for “Repair of Buildings and Bridges with Composites,” and contributed to secure and oversee industry- and federally-funded projects on the development and validation of advanced composite and cement-based material systems.  In 2009, he was the Co-PI in the establishment of the new NSF I/UCRC for  “Integration of Composites into Infrastructure.”  He is the runner-up for the 2006 ASCE/CERF Pankow Award for Innovation, and finalist of the 2006 Construction Innovation Forum NOVA Award for Outstanding Innovation in Construction.  Dr. Matta was also co-recipient of the Best Technical Paper Award, track “Infrastructure and Construction,” at Composites & Polycon 2009 sponsored by the American Composites Manufacturers Association.  He is one of the three main contributors to the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Guide Specifications for GFRP-Reinforced Concrete Bridge Decks and Traffic Railings, published in 2009.  Dr. Matta is a member of the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), Engineers Without Borders (EWB-USA), the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC), and the Society for Experimental Mechanics (SEM).  He serves as an Associate Member of ACI Committee 440 (Fiber Reinforced Polymer Reinforcement), Leader of an IIFC Task Group on Education, and Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering.

Mr. Aldophe Milien is an engineer living and working near Cap Hatien, Haiti.  Mr. Milien was born 1971 in the Commune of “Plaine du Nord/Balan” in northern Haiti. He is married with four children. Aldophe graduated in 2009 from the University Polyvalente of Haiti in Engineering for Developing Communities. He is also a social worker in his hometown through FAGCOB, a development program financed by World Vision Haiti since 1996, in which he is co-manager of the sponsorship project. He teaches English at a secondary school level and is involved in church activities.  Aldophe is the founder of SATHA: “Societe des Agents Transformateurs Haitiens,” a strategy to promote a sustainable development in Balan and across Haiti.

Ms. Robyn Sandekian is the Managing director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  She obtained her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU-Boulder, and has worked on-campus in the areas of students and program development for the past fifteen years.  She joined the EDC program in February 2004.  Ms. Sandekian has helped to establish the EDC tracks in Civil Engineering, and works to expand hands-on learning opportunities for engineering students.  In addition to her responsibilities with the EDC program, she coordinated service-learning activities for the College of Engineering and Applied Science and is enrolled in an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree program in Educational Leadership at the University of Northern Colorado.

Richard Walden is the founder, president and CEO of Operation USA.  He holds a B.A. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Arts & Sciences (1968), and also attended the Wharton School of Finance (1964-66). He earned a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (1972).  Walden served as Commissioner of the California Health Facilities Commission for the State of California (1977-82) Operation USA has been operating world-wide for thirty years and has delivered over $300M. in relief aid.  In addition to their Four Star rating, Operation USA was recently named the “#1 Exclusively Privately Funded Charity” by watchdog group Charity Navigator.