Evolution of Appropriate Technology

by Maurice L. Albertson, Colorado State Univ, Fort Collins, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


Although appropriate technology has been practiced since the beginning of people on earth, the inventiveness of the 20th century is forcing engineers (and others) to look at the multitude of options available, and to develop new criteria and methods for evaluating each option and then deciding which option is most appropriate as an engineering solution to a problem. Unfortunately, however, most engineers have only a vague notion of what appropriate technology really is. This paper explains the background and evolution of appropriate technology, defines appropriate technology in terms that are common to the engineering profession and then elaborates on this definition to help clarify the detailed meaning of the terms.

Subject Headings: Engineering profession | Economic factors | Terminology and definition | Innovation | Developing countries

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