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ENGR 5050 Humanitarian Engineering: General Information


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

Course Description: Poverty, underdevelopment, sustainability, culture, social justice, and development strategies. Engineering for community development. Analytical methods.

Spring 2016: MWF 3:00pm-3:55pm, Rm. E0024 Scott Laboratory.

Offering: Annually, each Spring semester;  3 credit hours.

Prerequisites: ENGR 1182 or 1282 or graduate standing or permission of instructor.

Counting it toward your engineering degree: Undergraduates will have to ask their home Department if they will accept this course as a technical elective (quite a few departments 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 so that this course will most certainly count toward your graduate degree.  This course is required for the humanitarian engineering minor.

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

Office Hours/Discussion Time/Social: 

  • 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.
  • Also, however, we will have a problem/discussion/debate session after class starting at 4:05pm in Rm. 260 Baker (just upstairs from our class location).  After that session, if you want to go with me to the Varsity Club (corner of Tuttle Park and Lane Ave.) we will leave after this session, if people want to go.

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 the Humanitarian Engineering Center.