10th Nov 2022

9PM-10:30PM [HKT] /
1PM - 2:30PM [UTC]
Session #1: Seeking Positive Impacts of Technological Advancements On The Climate And The Society

11th Nov 2022

9PM-10:30PM [HKT] /
1PM - 2:30PM [UTC]
Session #2:Space Exploration and Sustainable Development

12th Nov 2022

9PM-10:30PM [HKT] /
1PM - 2:30PM [UTC]
Session #3: Keynote Speaker: Sampathkumar Veeraghavan

Track Lead: Dr. Anandi Giridharan & Dr. Shaikh A. Fattah

Session #1: Seeking Positive Impacts of Technological Advancements On The Climate And The Society

Chair: Prasanta K. Ghosh, Professor, College of Engineering & Computer Science, Center for Science and Technology, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

The industrial revolution has brought tremendous gains in technological advancement and society’s prosperity. It is also true that technology could be a double-edge sword that can both do and undo damage to the environment. So, it is time to start a discussion on how technological advancements can positively impact our life and society. In this proposed session we will select invited and contributed presentations on positive impacts of technology on the environment and society. Presentations will include technological damage minimization, for example manufacturing with reduced wastage and reduction in toxic gas discharge, along with positive aspects of  information availability and public health improvements.

Paper Presentations:

    1. Cris Greer, Prioritizing Inclusion in Urban Development
    2. Rebecca Dziedzic and Ketra Schmitt, Social Vulnerability In The Context Of Water Infrastructure Management
    3. Saurabh Biswas, Chrissi Antonopoulos, Tim Seiple, Craig Bakker, Michael Walsh and Andre Coleman, Developing a Sustainability Tracking Framework and Proposing Indicators for Modeling Sustainable Bioenergy Projects”
    4. Prasanta Ghosh, Danielle Smith, Lee McKnight and Mathin Torto The Internet Backpack: Transforming STEM Education, Agriculture and Economic Development in Liberia, West Africa
    5. Yusuke Kaneko, Electricity Consumption and Environmental Impact Reduction Measures in Public Blockchain
    6. Matteo Mantovani and Carlo Combi, FARmAPP: a process-driven solution to prevent and oppose illegal recruitment in agriculture in Northern Italy

Session #2: Space Exploration and Sustainable Development

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This study seeks to understand how the space industry impacts the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Using the SDGs as a guiding precept, a rapid review of each individual SDG and relevant space industries was conducted to assess the impacts of space exploration and the global goals.  A rapid review is a type of meta-analysis which provides a similar type of analysis as a traditional systematic review, but with constraints that make it useful for accelerated analysis and the analysis of emerging research topics. For this study, the question of interest was, “How does space exploration intersect with the UN’s SDGs?”. Preliminary findings of this study show evidence of four prominent spheres of impact between space technologies and the SDGs: (1) remote sensing and earth observations satellite data are central to monitoring, modeling, and policymaking around the SDGs, (2) Extra-terrestrial conditions (microgravity, near-perfect vacuum, etc.) offer new manufacturing and energy generating capabilities, (3) spinoff technologies and technology transfers from space exploration activities often find terrestrial applications and finally (4) many articles discuss the possible societal implications of space technologies.

Madison Macias

Madi is a graduate research assistant at Arizona State University. She received her BS in Mechanical Engineering in 2021 and is presently completing an MS in Urban and Environmental Planning. Her research focuses on global development and social responsibility within space industries. Concurrent research includes studying environmental and social justice within engineering applications. She plans to focus on sustainable development within cities post-graduation.





Eric Stribling

Dr. Stribling is a faculty lecturer within the Interplanetary Initiative at Arizona State University, where he leads a research group studying global development and social responsibility within space industries. He holds a MS in Mechanical Engineering from Georgia Tech and a PhD in Global Development from Arizona State University. Prior to coming to Arizona, he taught as a professor of mechanical engineering at l’Universite des Montagnes in Bangangte, Cameroon. His research interests focus on how technology development intersects with societal wellbeing.




Sarthak Bhardwaj

Sar is a sophomore in the BS Aerospace Engineering program at Arizona State University and has always had a passion for the study of rockets and space. While continuing his education he hopes to engage with work on propulsion engineering.







Tasha Coelho

Tasha is a sophomore pursuing a BS in Earth & Space Exploration, with a focus on exploration systems design at Arizona State University. While continuing her education, she plans to help conduct research in extreme environments particularly in the field of analog astronautics.






Malaika Malik

Malaika is a senior in the BS Chemical Engineering program at Arizona State University and currently utilizes her engineering education within interdisciplinary and technical research work. After graduation she hopes to continue engaging with global sustainability projects to promote a standard integration of environmental and social justice within STEM work.





Bo Manuszak

Bo is a senior in the BS Aerospace Engineering program at Arizona State University. He engages with research and STEM education via his current role as a NASA Undergraduate Research Intern. He worked previously as an Aerospace Engineer Intern at Textron Systems, and will be working at Bell Helicopter while completing his MS in Aerospace Engineering.







Session #3: “Global School Connectivity Initiative.”.

Speaker: Sampathkumar Veeraghavan, Global Chair, 2021 IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee

Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan is a globally renowned technologist best known for his technological innovations in addressing global humanitarian and sustainable development challenges. As the 2021 IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) Chair, Sampath spearheads the global strategy and portfolio of sustainable development and humanitarian engineering programs to deliver impactful programs at grass root-level. Sampath was the 2019-2020 IEEE SIGHT Chair, leading the program to record-breaking growth through high-impact, technology-driven sustainable programs benefiting members in 117+ countries. He is the founding chair for the IEEE SIGHT day (2020) and SIGHT week (2019), a global program that showcases the impactful IEEE technology-based humanitarian programs. Sampath was an expert in the Broadband Commission working group on school connectivity co-chaired by UNESCO, UNICEF and ITU to drive “GIGA,” a Global School Connectivity Initiative. He is the founder and president of “The Brahmam,” a humanitarian program delivering next-generation social innovations to achieve sustainable development goals and benefit marginalized communities globally. Sampath was recently accredited with the 2020 IEEE Theodore W. Hissey Outstanding Young Professional Award. He currently works as a senior technology and program management leader with Alexa Artificial Intelligence Group at Amazon.

Paper Presentations:

  • Jessica C.M. Li, Applying virtual stories to enhance University students’ learn-to-learn competence for practicum preparation: an empirical exploratory study
  • Alycia de Mesa, From Responsible Innovation to Interrelational Technology Development
  • Justin Colyar, Katina Michael, Ross Maciejewski and Luke Tate, Improving Educational Standards Using Visualization Dashboards for Decision Making