ExSJ Speaker: Dr. Khalid Kadir

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ExSJ Speaker: Dr. Khalid Kadir

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  • Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.


Zoom: https://sandiego.zoom.us/j/94074690358

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Engineering students, researchers and practitioners are no exception, and are increasingly turning their energies towards "doing good". However, engineering approaches to problem solving generally treat historical, social and political systems as unrelated to good engineering work. Such training leaves engineers unprepared to engage with issues related to social injustice, and often positions engineers as agents of dominant power structures, reinforcing the status-quo. Doing better will require engineers to change not only how we do our work, but to also consider what constitutes "good" engineering, and how we as individuals and professionals relate to the problems we are trying to address.

Khalid Kadir, PhD is a Continuing Lecturer at UC Berkeley, teaching courses in the Global Poverty & Practice program, Political Economy and Civil and Environmental Engineering. After completing his PhD in Environmental Engineering at Berkeley, Dr. Kadir focused his research on the complex role that engineering expertise plays in the politics of international development and poverty alleviation, and his current work focuses on the intersection of poverty, expertise and politics. He is a recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Teaching Award, UC Berkeley’s most prestigious honor for teaching.

begin quoteWe all want the future to be better than the present, and many of us would like to be a part of making that happen.
Continuing Lecturer Khalid Kadir, PhD, UC BerkeleyContinuing Lecturer Khalid Kadir, PhD, UC Berkeley

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