Peace Engineering & SDG 9,16

2021 ~ Present


The United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to promote peace, end poverty, and protect the planet. Building resilient Infrastructure, promoting inclusive and sustainable Industrialization, and fostering Innovation are the themes for UN SDG9. The UN SDG16 promotes peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, and building inclusive institutions at all levels. This VIP class integrates SDG 9 and 16 through a Peace Engineering framework. It will bring ideas, technologies, models and methods to help students act locally at GT and Atlanta 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.

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 goals
  • Developing proposals for expanding the projects through funding opportunities or partnerships

Academic Majors of Interest

  • General Management
  • Global Development
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization
  • Analytics
  • Computational Media
  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Human-Centered Computing
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • OMSCS asynchronous
  • OMSCS synchronous
  • Architectural Technology
  • Architecture
  • Building Construction
  • Building Construction and Facility Management
  • City and Regional Planning
  • Geographic Information Science and Technology
  • Industrial Design
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Systems Engineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Health Systems
  • Industrial Engineering
  • International Logistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Economics
  • Economics and International Affairs
  • Global Media and Cultures
  • History, Technology, and Society
  • International Affairs
  • International Affairs, Science, and Technology
  • Literature, Media, and Communication
  • Public Policy
  • Applied Physics
  • Applied Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Statistics

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Sciences, Management, Business, Engineering.

Meeting Schedule & Location

Meeting Day 

Team Advisors

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

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