The UNM School of Engineering is celebrating international Engineers Week with a free, one hour presentation on "Designing and Building a Sustainable Future" by UNM Civil Engineering Associate Professor Kerry Howe on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 9:30 am. The presentation will be held in the Centennial Engineering Center auditorium on the UNM main campus.

The presentation will underline how engineers and constructors have created many technological wonders that have made life more comfortable and raised our standard of living. These products—from cars and iPads to air conditioned buildings, highways, and clean water—are the hallmark of modern society. Unfortunately, all these innovations have environmental consequences and in the past, not enough thought was given to sustainability when new products were developed.  Professor Howe will discuss the exciting opportunities the next generation of engineers and constructors will have to continue the progress of modern society while taking a greater role in the protection of our environment and resources.

This presentation is the third annual Bryant W. Lemon Sr. Distinguished Lecture in Construction Engineering and Management.  Funding for the lecture is provided by an endowment created by BRYCON Construction to honor the company's founder, to inspire students to become engineers and constructors, and to bring important topics in the field to the public.

Dr. Howe's areas of specialty include environmental engineering, physical and chemical processes for water and waste treatment, desalination, membrane processes for environmental treatment (including microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, and reverse osmosis), water chemistry, and engineering design.

The Centennial Engineering Center is located at the corner of University Avenue and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and is building #112 on the 2011 UNM map. Parking is limited and attendees are encouraged to park in the paid parking structure by the UNM Welcome Center. For more information about the presentation, please contact the Civil Engineering Department, 505-277-2722.

Media contacts: Tamara Williams, UNM School of Engineering (505) 277-5859 or Karen Wentworth, (505) 277-5627