Undergraduate/Graduate Courses

  • Humanitarian Engineering course (ENGR 5050, 3 cr hrs), Kevin Passino (offered Spring semesters, undergraduate and graduate students); at this link there is a detailed syllabus and a link to a free downloadable textbook on humanitarian engineering.
  • Anti-Poverty Technology, at this link there is a detailed syllabus for this 1cr hr Freshman Seminar, Offered Au17 and Sp18 by Kevin Passino
  • Computational Humanitarianism course, 3 cr hrs, ECE 5550, Kevin Passino (offered Autumn Semester of even years), at this link there is a detailed syllabus
  • Appropriate Technology for Developing Countries, 3 cr hrs, FABE 5200 is a course designed to provide students with applied knowledge of Appropriate Technology (AT) product development for people in developing countries. Commercializing products helps to ensure long-term sustainability, and this course will focus on such market driven solutions for community development. The course provides an introduction to AT product development and business related topics necessary for commercialization. Topics include methodologies on gathering requirements, brainstorming ideas, managing interdisciplinary teams, designing with extreme constraints, testing prototypes, conducting pilot programs, managing cross-cultural partnerships, planning production, gaining funding, marketing and communications, and legal structures. This course is designed to provide necessary background for service learning courses, Humanitarian Engineering (HE) capstone courses, and credit for the HE minor program. The course involves both individual and team based performance. Typically offered AU semester.  Contact Greg Bixler
  • Sustainable WaSH Infrastructure for Developing Rural Communities, CIVILEN 5610.01, 3 cr hrs, offered by Michael Hagenberger.  Working effectively with developing rural communities to identify and acquire their basic water, sanitation, and hygiene (WaSH) infrastructure needs demands a combination of community development and engineering expertise. At an introductory level this course will bridge the gap between these two disciplines. It will provide the engineer with the knowledge of how to design sustainable WaSH infrastructure systems in the context of a community’s need, and it will provide the community development worker with basic engineering knowledge of WaSH systems to assist their work with communities to meet their infrastructure needs.
  • Introduction to Humanitarian and Development Innovation (FABE 2194, 1 cr hr): Come learn how innovative people are working to solve humanitarian and development issues both locally and globally and how you can learn to do the same! Several guest lecturers who have dedicated their careers to solving development problems will talk about their paths into the field and their current work. We will ask ourselves how variations in natural resources, ecology and culture impact human lifestyles around the world and what this means for developing appropriate solutions to local and global issues and explore the answers through videos, readings, Q&As and lectures. We will also explore practices of self-reflection to better equip ourselves to integrate knowledge from cross-cultural experiences into our problem solving.  Contact Kristen Conroy.

  • Certain classroom-based capstone design experience approaches