Professor Rob Krueger is leading a team of purpose-driven researchers, scholars, and students across social and physical sciences, humanities, engineering, and business who are passionate about advancing the frontiers of knowledge and developing communities of today and tomorrow. Leveraging established initiatives such as WPI’s Center for Global Public Safety and the Institute of Science and Technology for Development (InSTeD), as well as partnering with our new Global School, the team will deploy its resources across the planet. Our team, and our partnerships with researchers, educators, NGOs, and donors around the world, are working to transcend the boundaries of traditional science and engineering and develop responsible, sustainable, and culturally-appropriate solutions to great global problems. Our approach is one that promotes self-sufficiency as it pushes beyond the transactional concept of end-user to the more pluralistic concept of community co-designer.
We seek to develop partnerships with firms seeking to bring appropriate technology to the global south with global NGOs to work in the service of those who are disadvantaged because of ethnicity, gender, economic status, health care, and education. We can bring our cross-cutting efforts in the service of WPI’s other interdisciplinary initiatives, such as Smart World, Materials & Manufacturing, and BioPoint. Whether it’s community engagement, policy evaluation and development, or bringing technology in the service of others, we are available to offer expertise.