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Development Engineering

Empowering the Poor through Sustainable Technology-based Solutions

Author(s): William S. Kisaalita

Book Description

This book details the development and evaluation of technological interventions designed to improve human and economic development within complex, low-resource settings, showing that a solution becomes an innovation when it reaches widespread use. The book shortens the time-gap between development and up-take of the intervention, especially for student solution-developers or innovators who are new to the cultural and geopolitical environment settings of the problem-source country or region. Technological interventions in development are sustainable if they meet a real need, are affordable by the users, fit within the cultural context and are ergonomically appropriate. Many interventions have failed because of inattentiveness to one or more of these factors. Each of the book’s points is backed up with scholarly research work, confidently guiding solution-developers confronted with issues such as acquiring intellectual property protections, among many others.


ISBN-13: 978-1-5275-5537-2
ISBN-10: 1-5275-5537-2
Date of Publication: 01/09/2020
Pages / Size: 290 / A5
Price: £61.99


William Kisaalita obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. He is currently a Distinguished Professor of Engineering at the University of Georgia. One of his areas of teaching and research interests is development engineering. His work has resulted in the commercialization of several products, enabling smallholder farmers to achieve order of magnitude increase in productivity or reduced labour. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Uganda National Academy of Sciences, and a Fulbright Scholar.