GlobalResolve work earns international award

March 4, 2010

An international, multidisciplinary student team organized through the College of Technology and Innovation’s GlobalResolve initiative recently won the Mondialogo Engineering Bronze Award for a project designed to replace wood and coal cooking fuel in Ghana with clean-burning ethanol gel fuel similar to Sterno©. Their project was chosen to receive one of 32 awards from a field of nearly 1,000 submissions.

Mondialogo, a joint initiative of UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) and Daimler, was founded to promote intercultural exchange. The Mondialogo engineering awards honor proposals addressing the most important challenges of today’s world – eradicating poverty, promoting sustainable development and responding to climate change. Download Full Image

ASU students are continuing to work with students from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to implement the award-winning proposal. It involves the design of a still for producing ethanol from locally grown crops, a stove that uses the gel fuel, and the use of local materials such as enzymes and gelling agents in fuel production.  Project members hope that manufacture and sale of the ethanol fuel and stoves will serve to stimulate the local economy. 

“This award will allow us to strengthen our partnership with KNUST and further support the work of graduate students at that university,” said Dan Killoren, a doctoral student at ASU and organizer of the ASU team. 

The prize money, € 5,000 (US $7,387) will be used to fund further development and implementation of the project in Ghana.

Two team members from KNUST traveled to Stuttgart, Germany, last fall for the Mondialogo Engineering Award Symposium, where, along with winning teams from 28 countries, they presented their project to a jury of international engineering experts.

According to the winning proposal, there is an acute need for cleaner cooking methods in Ghana. Most of a Ghanaian household’s energy consumption is accounted for by cooking fuel, and more than 90 percent of cooking fuel is either wood or charcoal. Fuels such as kerosene and natural gas comprise only about 5 percent.

The smoke from cooking fires contributes to respiratory infections, which are a major worldwide health problem. According to World Health Organization data, more than two million people die every year from acute respiratory infections; pneumonia alone accounts for more than 20 percent of deaths among children younger than five.

“Using clean-burning ethanol as a fuel for cooking promises to reduce respiratory illness as well as greenhouse gas emissions in Ghana,” Killoren said.

Written By Kari Stallcop

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Garreau imparts tips for academic writers

March 4, 2010

Joel">">Joel Garreau, the Lincoln Professor of Law, Culture and Values and Director of The Prevail Project at the College of Law, recently participated in a panel, "Rethinking our Writing, Rewriting our Thinking," designed to help ASU faculty members bring their work to larger audiences.

A longtime editor of the opinion section at The Washington Post, Garreau said he and his colleagues knew immediately how to edit a submission from an academic. Download Full Image

"Before we even read it, we would go to his last paragraph and move it up to the top, because we knew that's where he'd buried his lede," he said.

Garreau, whose books include Edge City: Life on the New Frontier and Radical Evolution: The Promise and Peril of Enhancing Our Minds, Our Bodies - and What It Means to Be Human, said he routinely writes about subjects where there is "a tall cliff between what the academic understands and my mother."

The workshop was presented by the Initiative for Innovative Inquiry, Hugh Downs School of Communication, Institute for Social Research, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. To read the full story, click here.


Garreau, who joined the College in 2010, is a student of culture, values and change. He is a former longtime reporter and editor at The Washington Post, and principal of The Garreau Group, a network of sources committed to understanding who we are, how we got that way, and where we're headed. Garreau is a fellow at The New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., an affiliate of The Institute for Science, Innovation and Society at Oxford, a Science Journalism Laureate at Purdue University, and a member of the Global Business Network.

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