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Schooled and qualified in Southern Africa, Ken took some years to discover what he really wanted to do in life even though he started by dabbling in water – and ended much the same way. Along the way, he worked in southern Africa, the Middle East, south-east Asia and back to southern Africa before retiring and starting all over again – in disaster relief. He – with others – designed a handpump in Bangladesh which is now seen in around 3½ million units globally; and he developed a computerised piped, gravity water system design which held much promise, but failed. Why? This will be noted.
Civil engineering was a gateway to explore a number of his interests – like culture and language (he won't starve in 6 languages though he only professes to speak 1½, properly) – and sociology/anthropology which determines how people interact with the equipment we engineers provide, and how we should design, accordingly.
Ken's presentation promises to be informative and entertaining.