Robyn Sandekian

Robyn Sandekian is Managing Director of the Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She earned BS and MS degrees in Aerospace Engineering Sciences at CU-Boulder, then remained on campus to work in student service programs. She joined the EDC Program in spring 2004, just as the first EDC graduate track was approved, focusing mainly on student advising and program development. In addition to her management role in the Mortenson Center, Ms. Sandekian has twice taught the First Year Engineering Projects course around the theme of appropriate technology, and conducted research on social entrepreneurship and sustainable community development in Nepal in 2008.


Robyn Sandekian has applied for and been awarded 1 grant

  • Developing a Replicable Model for Sustainable Technology Entrepreneurship in Afghanistan

    Began January, 2007 and ended June, 2008

    Most developing communities around the world lack the basic knowledge and resources necessary to step out of poverty. This often results in lost business opportunities and inadequate basic services to those in need such as power and safe drinking water. In this initiative, we are proposing a model for sustainable technology entrepreneurship that is linked to existing educational in-country institutions. The model creates capacity for education which in turn leads to sustainable services to those in need. The model described herein builds on in-country infrastructure, on-line distance e-learning, sustainable technologies, and conventional face to face education of in-country engineering teachers. The proposed train-the-trainers model will be tested over a period of 18 months in collaboration between the University of Colorado and the University of Kabul in Afghanistan. Following the study, it is expected that the model can be replicated in other developing communities including some in the US.

    With the team:

    • Dr. Bernard Amadei Professor; Director of Engineering for Developing Communities Program, Dept. of Civil, Environmental & Architectural Engr., University of Colorado at Boulder
    • Ms. Edison Benson Proposal Analyst, Office of Contracts and Grants, University of Colorado at Boulder
    • Dr. JoAnn Silverstein Chair and Professor, Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder