OSU Course: Humanitarian Engineering


Definition: Humanitarian engineering is the creation of technologies that help people.  

Overview: Quick overview slides, or video overview.

Description: Poverty, underdevelopment, culture, social justice, development strategies. Engineering for the poor, weak, and developing communities. Humanitarianism in the university and engineering enterprise.

Instructor: Prof. Kevin M. Passino, 416 Dreese Laboratory, College of Engineering, The Ohio State University. Questions?

Spring 2014: MWF 3:00pm-3:55pm, Caldwell Laboratory, Rm. 109, ENGR 4194-20 Group Studies in Engineering, Class number: 32700.  3 credit hours.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor, undergraduates who have taken ENGR 1182 or ENGR 1282, or graduate student standing.

Counting it toward your engineering degree: Undergraduates will have to ask their home Department if they will accept this course as a technical elective (several deparments do already), an independent study, or as the first course in a capstone design course sequence.  Graduate curricula are generally flexible, and this course number is high enough (yes, even though it is 4000-level since it is outside your unit), so that this course will most certainly count toward your graduate degree.

Office Hours: I do not set office hours. If I did, likely they would not fit your schedule. I have an open-door policy; stop by any time. However, to avoid the problem of me not always being in my office I encourage you to set up an appointment either as an individual or as a group via email.

Service Projects?: No actual humanitarianism (e.g., service to people who are poor), local or international, is required for this course.  This course prepares you to be a professional humanitarian engineer for local or international service by studying the principles.  For local/international service project opportunities, and other relevant curricular and research activities, please see OSU Humanitarian Engineering Activites.

Course Offerings: First offering, Spring 2014, as ENGR 4194 Group Studies in Engineering; later the course will have the number ENGR 5050. Semester of offering is Spring, annually. Course offered out of the Engineering Education Innovation Center of the OSU College of Engineering.