Bridging the Gap Between Engineering and the Global World
By Shobha Bhatia, Jennifer Smith, Caroline Baillie (Series Editor)

Paperback © 2008
ISBN 159829623X
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This book explores a case study that focuses on how an engineering study of different natural plant fibers for soil erosion control led to small villages in Kerala, India. There marginalized women workers often stand waste deep in water several hours a day, clean and beat coconuts by hand, and separate and spin coconut (coir) fibers into yarn by hand, for very low wages. The case study provides insight into the three dimensions of sustainability (techno-centric, eco-centric, and socio-centric) and how they come together in a typical engineering problem.
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