Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has appointed University of Colorado professor Bernard Amadei as one of three new science envoys, tasked with strengthening U.S. ties with other countries to address global challenges.
Amadei founded Engineers Without Borders and holds the Mortenson Endowed Chair in Global Engineering on CU's Boulder campus.
The science envoys will travel in their capacity as private citizens and advise the White House, the U.S. Department of State and other scientists about their insights from their travels and interactions.
CU Chancellor Phil DiStefano congratulated Amadei for being awarded the prestigious position.
"In his work with the multinational organization Engineers Without Borders, and as a CU-Boulder professor, he has distinguished himself as an educator, a humanitarian and a global citizen," DiStefano said in a statement. "In his new role, I have no doubt he will bring both expertise and understanding in a truly global context."
Amadei has been on the CU-Boulder faculty in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering for 30 years, with a specialty in rock mechanics and engineering geology.
He founded the nonprofit organization Engineers Without Borders-USA, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year with more than 12,000 students, faculty and professional members across the country.
Previous science envoys have visited 19 countries, including Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan.
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