Creation of Best Practices from Laboratories, Classrooms, and Think Tanks of Leading Universities through Engineers for International Development (EfID) [11.19.17]


  • Guest 1: Kenex Sevilla,  Construction Engineer & Assistant Construction Quality Control Manager, Dewberry Engineers; Technical Support Mentor, George Mason University Engineers for International Development (EfID); and Member, Engineers without Borders,
  • Guest 2: Michael Schindler, President, George Mason University Engineers for International Development (EfID) and Vice President, George Mason University Virginia Water Environment Association, 
  • Guest 3: Badana Mohamadi,  Treasurer and Special Project Manager, George Mason University Engineers for International Development (EfID) and Engineer Technician, Fairfax County Government, Wastewater Design & Construction Department, 
  • Guest 4: Michael Schindler, President, George Mason University Engineers for International Development (EfID) and Vice President, George Mason University Virginia Water Environment Association, 
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Program Summary:

The EmeraldPlanet weekly television programs are broadcast and distributed via Channel 10 TV in Fairfax, Virginia USA. The EmeraldPlanet TV programs are available to view on our website, YouTube, UStream TV, and social media around the world. The Emerald Trek and companion The Emerald Mini-Treks are identifying the 1,000 “best practices” on location from the 143 nations, 750 cities, and 50,000 communities by Internet TV, local television stations, main stream media outlets, YouTube, Facebook, The EmeraldPlanet Meetup, Twitter, among other social media networks, and all manner of print media.

The EmeraldPlanet TV is broadcasting weekly a number of the “best practices which are identified through collaboration with:  major non-governmental organizations (NGOs); United Nations, universities and colleges; research institutes; government ministries and agencies; Embassies; banking and micro-lending organizations; Chambers of Commerce; World Trade Centers, international bodies such as The World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank Group, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization), citizens groups; multimedia organizations; among others by utilizing the most advanced broadcasting hardware and software along with an outstanding television Production Crew to reach an ever expanding global audience. The Emerald Trek is focused upon linking principals identified among the 1,000 ‘best practices’ in the 143 nations being visited through this world-wide movement. The Emerald Trek is encompassing over 300,000 miles, visiting 750 major cities, and 50,000 suburban and rural communities in the identified nations.

Program Overview:

Our aim is to grow and develop long-standing partnerships with underdeveloped communities worldwide in order to better their quality of life. This partnership will encourage the involvement and training of responsible engineering students in order to implement sustainable, reliable, and cost effective engineering projects within the set partnership. In addition, to support our primary purpose, this chapter will engage in fundraising activities to provide sufficient funding to cultivate the worldwide partnership.

Engineers for International Development at George Mason University exists for students to participate in community-driven development programs worldwide through the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while fostering responsible leadership. We work both internationally and locally to build and educate communities about their basic infrastructure systems such as drinking water and sanitation.

Located in Fairfax, VA, EfID works both domestically and internationally to make a real difference in our society. Since its development in 2011 by the Sid and Reva Dewberry Department of Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, EfID has been called on to transform small communities in developing countries through educating them about their infrastructure systems, such as drinking water and sanitation, and by providing them with a solution to their needs.

A major part of EfID’s mission is to provide an authentic learning environment for Mason students. Throughout a project’s design phase, 20-30 students work in teams with faculty and technical advisors to perform the necessary calculations and to formulate a plan for construction. The process allows students to translate their academic skills in basic engineering courses to real world design scenarios. At the culmination of the project, a subset of EfID students is given the opportunity to take part in the implementation trip, in which the design will go from concept to reality.

Thank you Happy, Production Crew, Program Team, and volunteers for your outstanding commitment, dedication, and goodwill as we create The EmeraldPlanet… 
Tune in and learn from our outstanding guests and Dr. Sam Hancock, Director and Host of The EmeraldPlanet television productions at 6:30 – 7:30 P.M. (Eastern); 5:30 – 6:30 P.M. (Central); 4:30 – 5:30 P.M. (Western); and 3:30 – 4:30 P.M. (Pacific) time zones.