Technology plays an important part in the community development process. This course covers the principles of using technology effectively in community development, and uses examples and case studies to illustrate successful technology implementations.
After completing this course, students will be able to select appropriate technology for their community development project and develop a plan to assure successful implementation.
To be successful, applying technology requires the practitioner to carefully consider and select the appropriate technologies; incorporate hard technologies (solar cells, irrigation systems and other tools) and effective techniques for using them; and develop a plan encompassing all of the activities associated with using technology, from the initial investigation to maintenance and support
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
Due to the condensed time frame for this course, students cannot withdraw and receive a refund once the course begins.
Luminita Cuna has a Master of Science in Sustainable Development with focus on Environmental Management from the University of London/School of Oriental and African Studies. Her Master's thesis researched the impact of conservation policies on protected areas in the Amazon and their effects on the indigenous people that live in these areas. Luminita worked for 10 years in Information Technology, including at the United Nations. She studied International Economics and French at Mount Holyoke College, where she earned her BA. Luminita holds a Graduate Certificate in Management of Information Systems and a Professional Certificate in Journalism, both from New York University and a Sustainable Community Development Certificate from Colorado State University. Luminita is the founder and director of Maloca (a Village Earth affiliate), a grassroots support organization that works with indigenous communities living in the Amazon basin. Luminita has been working with indigenous communities in the Amazon since 2006.
Frank Bergh is a 2011 alumnus of the Certificate in Community-Based Development Program at Colorado State University and has collaborated with Village Earth in training workshops in Community Mobilization for Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA).
Mr. Bergh has been an active member and leader within Engineers Without Borders USA since 2005, and has held officer positions in the Washington University student chapter and both the Kansas City and Chicago professional chapters. He is the former president of EWB-USA's Great Lakes Region and currently serves as the chair of the Energy Standing Content Committee, a team of subject-matter experts which advises EWB-USA on renewable energy projects in the developing world.
Mr. Bergh has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering (2008) from Washington University in St. Louis. He is an electrical engineer in the renewable energy industry specializing in the technology and policy to promote integration of wind energy on the electrical transmission grid in North and South America. His professional and volunteer work has spanned 11 countries and 4 continents.