Undergraduate International Sustainable Development
In 1992, Maurice Strong,
Secretary General of the 1992 United Nations Conference
on Environment and Development, stated that "The concept
of sustainable development would be impossible without
the full input of engineers."
In the coming decades engineers will contribute to the
eradication of poverty, hunger and disease by promoting
sustainable resource utilization, appropriate
technology, beneficial infrastructure, and social
Michigan Tech's Undergraduate
International Sustainable Development Engineering
Certificate is supervised by the D80 Center.
An international senior design experience requiring
students to work on an engineering problem in the
developing world completes the certificate.
22-semester hour certificate program is designed to be
woven throughout any engineering baccalaureate degree
D80 Center - Engineering Development for Humanity
Director: Kurt Paterson (CEE)
Dedicated to prosperity by design, the D80 Center aims
to assist the most vulnerable 80% of humanity in meeting
their basic needs for food, water, shelter, sanitation,
waste disposal, energy, income, and education. During
their years at Michigan Tech, D80 participants learn to
view the challenges and opportunities facing humanity
via a multi-disciplinary perspective. With extensive
opportunities on campus and in economically developing
communities, participants acquire the skills, knowledge,
and attitude necessary to make a positive impact in the
lives of the world's most under-served, while becoming
leaders in their chosen fields. Through this engagement,
the D80 Center makes better professionals and citizens.