The Willamette Valley Section of the Society of Women Engineers is delighted to host Dr. Kendra Sharp to kick-off our new programs year. You won’t want to miss this inspiring presentation that will challenge your view of how engineers can truly impact the world. 

When: Thursday, October 22, 2015, 5:30PM – 6:00PM Refreshments, 6:00PM - 7:00PM presentation.

Where: The Forum in the LiNC Building, OSU 

Statistics are compelling; there are great needs. 1.2 billion people live in extreme poverty, on less than $1.25/day. 750 million people do not have access to clean water, and 1.3 billion do not have access to electricity. The lack of affordable basic necessities and the severe consequences realized by communities vulnerable to natural and anthropogenic stressors reduce the quality of life for billions of people and cause social and political instability. 

Women are often disproportionately affected. Other statistics are also compelling -- 73% college students rate high-impact career as a top priority, above wealth, a prestigious career and even having children. Dr. Sharp will talk about OSU’s new humanitarian engineering program, her own work to build capacity in energy-related expertise in higher education and improve gender equity in engineering in Pakistan, and her involvement with the International Development Design Summits including an upcoming two-week summit in Lahore, Pakistan in January 2016. 

This talk will be aimed primarily at engineering professionals and students. However, given the highly accessible nature of the material, you are welcome to bring friends or family, including school-age children.

Please RSVP here by October 15, 2015