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Electrical and Computer Engineering Seminar: Technology in the New World Development
Friday, March 2, 2007 - 2:00pm to Friday, March 2, 2007 - 3:00pm

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at PSU's Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science presents as part of the ECE507 Seminar Winter 2007 Series: Technology in the New World Development.

Title: "Technology in the New World Development "

Speaker: Bruce Lusignan, Visiting Professor from Stanford University at PSU

Date: Friday, March 2, 2007

Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Location: BA, 190

This series is free and open to the public. For further information, contact the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, (503) 725-3806 or

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Poor nations are regaining control of their energy and land resources and turning proceeds towards development. Venezuela is leading Latin America with proceeds from oil and gas sales to U.S. and China. China is investing billions in African infrastructure, tapping their energy, mineral, and food resources. These new trade patterns lead to very different world markets. Instead of pushing well-off consumers to buy more video games, bigger TV's and tinier cell phones, products will be directed towards expansion of basic internet services, development of power grids in Africa and Latin America, marketing of developing world products, support of education and health care, and support of peacekeeping and restoration. A new focus of software and hardware design is needed to support ventures in this New World Development.

Speaker Biography

Professor Lusignan received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford and became a member of the EE faculty there in 1963. Since then he has taught courses in communications systems, space systems, and public olicy. He is now on the PSU faculty teaching Communications and public policy (EDGE: War and Peace, Trade and Environment, and Prejudice and Poverty). At Stanford he pioneered communications satellite, rural switch, cellular telephone technologies, and led the joint Stanford-Russian Mars exploration study.