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Alejandro Rivera Rivera - first Gates Cambridge Scholar from Guatemala.

last modified Nov 02, 2015 09:58 AM
Alejandro Rivera Rivera - first Gates Cambridge Scholar from Guatemala.

Photo Credit: Alejandro Rivera Rivera

Alejandro Rivera Rivera is the first Gates Cambridge Scholar from Guatemala. He will do an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development. After graduating from Brown University in 2012, he returned to Guatemala where he has been at the forefront of the local green building movement, working as the Engineering and Sustainability Coordinator for an architectural firm, and specialising on the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design certification programme. More recently, intrigued by how the ideas behind green buildings can be extrapolated to entire cities, he co-founded the Guatemalan Network for Sustainable Cities, where he currently serves as Research Director. He says: “I look forward to joining the MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development at Cambridge, with the conviction that it will enable me to tackle the ever more complex problems that engineers face in the process of finding sustainable solutions. I hope to use this knowledge to help build better cities in my home country.”
See the interview in which Alejandro talks t6 Gates about his work creating greener, more sustainable cities:

Key Themes of the Course

Context

The need to engage in better problem definition through careful dialogue with all stakeholder groups and a proper recognition of context.

Perspectives

An ability to work with specialists from other disciplines and professional groups acknowledging that technical innovation and business skills also must be understood, nurtured and combined as precursors to the successful implementation of sustainable solutions

Change

An understanding of mechanisms for managing change in organisations so future engineers are equipped to play a leadership role.

Tools

An awareness of a range of assessment frameworks, sustainability metrics and methodologies such as Life Cycle Analysis, Systems Dynamics, Multi-Criteria Decision making and Impact Assessment.

 

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