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International Design Engineering Technical Conferences
& Computers & Information in Engineering Conference

Cleveland Convention Center, Cleveland, Ohio

August 6-9, 2017


Program - EGD Forum


Engineering For Global Development Research Forum

Monday, August 7th
2:00pm – 3:40pm
Room 1

IDETC 2017 marks the fifth anniversary of the Engineering for Global Development (EGD) Research Forum. The EGD Forum highlights critically acclaimed research and design initiatives from academia and industry that address pressing challenges in emerging markets and developing countries. The creation, modeling, and validation of these engineering solutions are helping improve the lives of millions while also creating a foundation for economic development. Designing for impact to humanity is also a growing interest among early career engineers. The EGD Forum will continue placing a spotlight on work that combines academic research with product development and commercialization to achieve scaled impact to society. The keynote address and lighting talks will be followed by an interactive panel discussion with the audience. Talks and the Q&A session will be recorded and posted on This event is co-hosted by the Design Automation Conference (DAC), Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference (DFMLC), Mechanisms and Robotics Conference (MR), and ASME Engineering for Global Development.


Maurizio Vecchione, Intellectual Ventures

Impact Inventing for Humanity

A few trends are converging to create new development models for science and engineering to engage with the 3.5 Billion people living in the world's developing economy. These models promise to improve healthcare and lift millions out of poverty through the appropriate use of technological innovation. But what are the sustainable models - the drivers and challenges to create sustainable technology for humanity? Why do so many good ideas and well intentioned efforts fail to achieve scale? We will use case studies from the work of Global Good, the collaboration between Bill Gates and Intellectual Ventures to invent for humanity and one of the world's leading inventors for humanitarian purposes, to explore the best practices and challenges of Research and Development for low-resource nations. We will also explore the role the developing world is assuming in reverse innovation, whereby technologies are leapfrogging and disrupting established markets from the developing world to the first world.

Maurizio Vecchione is executive vice president of Global Good and Research at Intellectual Ventures (IV). In this role, he oversees Global Good, IV's collaboration with Bill Gates to invent and deploy technology specifically focused on improving life in developing countries, as well as the research and operations of the IV Laboratory and Institute for Disease Modeling. Mr. Vecchione most recently served as CEO of Arrogene, which is commercializing a new nanotechnology platform for cancer-targeted therapeutics and diagnostics, and as CEO of telemedicine pioneer CompuMed.

Under Mr. Vecchione's leadership, Global Good and IV Lab are engaged in cutting-edge research and invention for the benefit of humanity around global health and global development priorities. In global health, Global Good and IV Lab are involved in new diagnostic technologies for infectious diseases, such as malaria and tuberculosis, enhanced vaccine delivery technologies, and maternal and child health, as well as the Institute for Disease Modeling efforts to shape infectious disease policy and programs with data-driven analysis. In global development, Global Good and IV Lab focus their work on malnutrition, agricultural productivity, and livestock and dairy value chain improvements for the developing world, with a particular emphasis on the needs of smallholder farmers.

Mr. Vecchione has nearly 30 years of experience in research and the technology sector. He has contributed to building nine start-ups and helped launch more than 50 commercial products, resulting in more than $1 billion in shareholder value. His work spans the software, internet, wireless and life sciences sectors, primarily in connection with translational sciences for science derived from government and academic research and development efforts. Mr. Vecchione is also involved in a number of nonprofit initiatives, including as a co-founder and member of the board of ReefQuest. This global organization focuses on fostering marine environmental stewardship in children through citizen science.

An inventor himself, Mr. Vecchione is named on multiple U.S. patents and patent applications related to imaging, image processing, and nano-bio-polymer and telecommunications technologies. He was twice a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and received a DEMO God award from the prestigious DEMO organization. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He is also a member of the IEEE Spectrum editorial advisory board.


Karl Schmitt, Caterpillar Inc.

Caterpillar Microgrids – Powering Communities and Industry

With more than 1.2 billion people lacking access to power, the global Microgrid Market is expected to surpass $35 billion by 2022. Companies like Caterpillar who understand distributed generation have played a critical role in the development of this highly innovative market. The Cat Dealer Network now offers microgrid solutions to remote communities and a variety of industries by leveraging technology from other markets (and products). This talk will discuss Caterpillar's role in developing the market and the various technologies it deploys through the Cat Dealer Network.

Karl Schmitt has over 15 years of distributed generation experience within Caterpillar and the Caterpillar Dealer Network. His career has focused on power systems product support and renewable energy management. Karl is currently responsible for deployment of microgrid solutions via the Global Caterpillar Dealer Network. Previously, he developed and led Empire Southwest's (Empire-Cat) renewable energy efforts as General Manager of Empire Renewable Energy, LLC. Empire Renewable Energy focused on providing turn-key photovoltaic systems to commercial and industrial clients. During his tenure at Empire he also led the Power Systems service department. Karl started his career at Caterpillar, Inc as both a service and product support field manager with an assignment as a Six Sigma Black Belt. He earned a degree in Manufacturing Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology (formerly University of Missouri-Rolla) and an MBA from the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Kathleen Callaghy, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves

Cooking In Crisis: Energy Access For Displaced People

Over 125 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance today. A robust community of international aid agencies and NGOs exist to provide refugees and IDPs, and other crisis-affected people with food, shelter, medicine, and other essential supplies – but what about access to energy and fuel? Dry rations provided by humanitarian agencies must be cooked for long periods of time before they can be eaten, yet efficient cookstoves and fuel are rarely provided. As a result, families are often forced to spend their meagre income on cooking fuel, and many resort to skipping meals, undercooking, and other negative coping strategies to reduce costs. Women and children often risk their safety, health, and sometimes their lives to collect firewood in remote areas – only to cook over smoky, polluting fires. In an era of unparalleled human displacement, amidst concerns about global climate change, what can engineers do to help bring clean, safe, reliable energy access to people impacted by crisis? Kathleen Callaghy from the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves will provide an overview of existing efforts to increase energy access for displaced people, with an emphasis on cookstoves and fuels, and provide some “food for thought” on how engineers can contribute.

Kathleen Callaghy is the Program Associate for the Humanitarian program at the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves (Alliance), a public-private partnership hosted by the United Nations Foundation. Since 2015, she has been helping to implement the Alliance's goal of reaching the world's most vulnerable populations with clean and/or efficient cooking solutions. Kathleen coordinates the Alliance's co-leadership of the Safe Access to Fuel and Energy (SAFE) Humanitarian Working Group, a consortium of agencies working to facilitate a more coordinated, predictable, timely, and effective response to the fuel and energy needs of crisis-affected populations. Prior to working with the Alliance, Kathleen served as Program and Operations Coordinator for CLASP, an appliance standards and labeling non-profit, where she coordinated the activities of CLASP's country offices in India, China, the US, and the EU. Kathleen has a background in international peacebuilding, with a Masters in Comparative Ethnic Conflict from Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a BA in Government and Legal Studies from Bowdoin College.