During a busy November, Villanova University Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Pritpal Singh, participated in international conferences in Central and South America. He traveled first to Medellin, Colombia, for REMCYT, a meeting of ministers and high level authorities on science and technology. Later, in Managua, Nicaragua, he attended Concapan, an IEEE conference for Central American countries and Panama. Both events provided Dr. Singh with opportunities to further develop relationships and collaborative opportunities with educational institutions around the globe.
“Science, Technology and Innovation as Pillars of Transformation in the Americas” was the theme for REMCYT, a conference of the Organization of American States, which includes 35 countries. Plenary sessions, working groups and panels addressed some of the challenges of the region, including, equitable access to technologies, inclusive education, production of clean and renewable energy, sustainable transportation, food security, and how to support technology-based small and medium-sized enterprises and young entrepreneurs. Through the exchange of ideas and best practices, participants were invited to reflect on the power of transformative technologies to increase economic and social development of the OAS member states and find solutions to these challenges.