SDGs: Resilient Infrastructures and Sustainable Innovation

2021 ~ Present


This VIP class integrates United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 9 and 16. Building resilient Infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable Industrialization, and fostering Innovation are the themes for SDG9. The SDG16 promotes peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development and building inclusive institutions at all levels. This VIP will bring together ideas, technologies, models and methods to help students act locally  and globally to implement sustainable technology and infrastructure solutions to create peace and inclusive institutions. Students will be provided opportunities to engage with a wide range of government, business, philanthropic organizations and universities to create innovative solutions to improve the human condition and promote peace and prosperity. This class will guide students through an engineering design process to identify existing conflicts and develop and adopt tools for addressing the problems.

Additional Advisors

Dr. Joseph Hughes - Drexel University

Issues Involved or Addressed

The issues addressed in this VIP are conflicts and challenges at local and global levels that can be addressed through technology or infrastructure solutions. The challenges include violence, poverty, diversity, inequality, insecurity, health, discrimination, access, and many other topics. The focus will be on identifying the issues in specific contexts, understanding the underlying factors and implementing sustainable design, technology and infrastructure solutions to overcome such issues through peace engineering.


Methods and Technologies

  • Collaborating with SDG and peace engineering leaders and external stakeholders
  • Understanding the conflicts and problems through literature review, studies and field research testbeds
  • System modeling to identify the underlying components and factors contributing to the problems
  • Developing technology solutions, prototypes, frameworks and plans to address the conflicts and challenges
  • Creating metrics for measuring success of SDG and peace engineering goals
  • Developing proposals for expanding the projects through funding opportunities or partnerships with international organizations

Academic Majors of Interest

  • BusinessGeneral Management
  • BusinessGlobal Development
  • BusinessMarketing
  • BusinessOperations and Supply Chain Management
  • DesignArchitectural Technology
  • DesignArchitecture
  • DesignBuilding Construction
  • DesignBuilding Construction and Facility Management
  • DesignCity and Regional Planning
  • DesignGeographic Information Science and Technology
  • DesignIndustrial Design
  • EngineeringAerospace Engineering
  • EngineeringApplied Systems Engineering
  • EngineeringBioengineering
  • EngineeringBioinformatics
  • EngineeringBiomedical Engineering
  • EngineeringChemical Engineering
  • EngineeringChemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • EngineeringCivil Engineering
  • EngineeringComputer Engineering
  • EngineeringElectrical Engineering
  • EngineeringEnvironmental Engineering
  • EngineeringHealth Systems
  • EngineeringIndustrial Engineering
  • EngineeringInternational Logistics
  • EngineeringMachine Learning
  • EngineeringMaterials Science and Engineering
  • EngineeringMechanical Engineering
  • EngineeringRobotics
  • Ivan AllenEconomics
  • Ivan AllenEconomics and International Affairs
  • Ivan AllenGlobal Media and Cultures
  • Ivan AllenHistory, Technology, and Society
  • Ivan AllenInternational Affairs
  • Ivan AllenInternational Affairs, Science, and Technology
  • Ivan AllenLiterature, Media, and Communication
  • Ivan AllenPublic Policy
  • Online MastersAnalytics synchronous
  • Online MastersComputer Science synchronous
  • SciencesApplied Physics
  • SciencesApplied Physiology
  • SciencesBiochemistry
  • SciencesBiology
  • SciencesChemistry
  • SciencesPhysics
  • SciencesStatistics

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Sciences, Management, Business, Engineering.

Meeting Schedule & Location

9:30-10:30 am
Meeting Day 

Team Advisors

Dr. Khatereh Hadi
  • Georgia Tech Research Institute
Mr. Kevin Caravati
  • Georgia Tech Research Institute

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