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Civil engineering major Fidel Maltez ’05 (Hialeah, Fla.) will speak on “Sustainable Development in the Third World,” a report on summer research in Colombia supported by Lafayette’s Jeffrey B. Havens Memorial Fund Award, noon Wednesday in Acopian Engineering Center room 315.

His research looks at different approaches to metropolitan development around the area of Bogota, as well as in rural areas of Colombia. The Colombia trip led to an independent study, experience for a career in sustainable development, and both information and support for an effort by the student chapter of Engineers Without Borders to bring safe drinking water to a community in Honduras.

A full report on Maltez’s summer experience, which included stays in Honduras and Nicaragua, is available on Lafayette’s web site.

Engineering students can pursue domestic or foreign travel, social service work, research, internships or other special learning opportunities through the Havens Memorial Fund, which was established as a memorial to Jeffrey Havens ’78, who was killed in an automobile accident in 1979. It provides nontraditional, summer learning experiences with opportunities for education, growth, and personal development other than those provided in normal course work.

Interested first-year, sophomore, and junior engineering students should submit a written proposal to James Schaffer, director of engineering, describing the project to be undertaken and the reasons why it would be of personal benefit. Recipients will be selected on the basis of the quality of the proposal, its originality, value to the individual, and the individual’s need for such financial assistance.

Proposals should be submitted to Beverly Bortz, Acopian Engineering Center room 308, by noon Friday.

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