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Design Innovation for Sustainability in Shanghai and Nanjing | January 2008


Exploring Sustainable Design


Prototype for the Future?

On January 14-18, 2008, a delegation led by Professor Larry Leifer, Director of the Center for Design Research at Stanford University, and organized by Professor Linda Vanasupa, Director of the Educating Global Engineers Initiative at California State Polytechnic University, conducted workshops with Tongji University in Shanghai and the Nanjing University of Technology in Nanjing on “Design Innovation for Sustainability.” The workshops explored potential collaboration around engineering learning mechanisms to develop innovators – globally aware, systems thinkers, able to function across cultures on multidisciplinary teams and design for sustainability.

At Tongji, the workshop was hosted by Professor Zhao Jianfu, Vice President of Tongji University, and organized by Professor Li Fengting, Associate Dean of the College of Environmental Science and Engineering. At Nanjing University of Technology, Dr. Liu Weiquing, Vice President, hosted the workshop. In addition to Stanford, Cal Poly, Tongji and Nanjing University of Technology, other participants included faculty and students from North Carolina State University, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, the University of Saskatchewan and the China Sustainable Energy Program. The China US Center, led by Managing Director, Miansheng Wang, supported the planning and participated in the workshops.