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Raw Resources Alone Will Not Change Africa

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Osama O. Awadelkarim is a Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics and Associate Director for the Center of Nanotechnology Education and Utilization at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Awadelkarim has authored/coauthored close to 200 articles in journals, books, chapters in books, and conference proceedings.

Born in 1954 he is currently a Jefferson Science Fellow and a Senior Science Advisor in the African Affairs Bureau and the Oceans and International Environment and Scientific Affairs Bureau at the U. S. Department of State. Married to his Professor wife, Dr. Awadelkarim is a father of three children. From his hectic schedule of academic tours in Africa, which included a meeting with Ethiopia's business community at Hilton Addis on June 26th , he did manage to give the following interview to Capital's, Tedla Desta.

As technology advances, it is all about making components ever smaller units until they can only be seen by the msot powerful microscopes.

Nanotechnology is the science of tomorrow, here, today. It is the delicate art that manufactures machines and computers that are smaller than the head of a pin.

From Interview - Vol. 9 No. 446

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