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Cairo, Egypt, 2017

Title: Humanitarian Engineering: Engineering for Sustainable Community Development

Location/Financial Support: Nile University, Cairo, Egypt; also had some support from IEEE Foundation.

Dates: May 19-June 1, 2017

Duration: 11 hrs

Students: 15 students

Based on: Book, 3rd Edition, Sp17 OSU ENGR 5050 course

Additional Talks: There were three additional talks given besides the short course below. These were:

  1. Humanitarian Engineering: Creating Technologies That Help People (audience: undergraduates, local NGO community; about 50 attendees). A shortened version of this talk was also given at a local company. 1hr long. May 31, 2017.  Click here for the slides.
  2. Research Challenges in Humanitarian Engineering (audience: faculty and graduate students, about 25 attendees). 1 hr long. May 31, 2017. Click here for the slides.

Textbook: The course text is: Humanitarian Engineering: Advancing Technology for Sustainable Development, 3rd Edition (click for a free download).  Also, download from that site: 

  • The Matlab/Simulink code for simulations in the book and homework assignments (folder name "HEcode").
  • The "Supplementary documents" at this site for solving homework problems, and ones referenced in the book bibliography (folder names HEdocumentsI - HEdocumentsV, five folders).



1. Poverty and Development: World-wide, US, Egypt

2. Sustainability and the Sustainable Development Goals

3. Development Economists Perspectives (Sachs, Easterly, Banerjee and Duflo)

4. Engineering for Sustainable Community Development:

  • Skills for Helping People
  • Community Development
  • Participatory Development
  • Teamwork and Project Management
  • Community Assessment
  • Project Selection
  • Humanitarian Technology
  • Participatory Technology Development
  • Assessment of Outcomes
  • Dissemination and Scale-up
  • Engineering Fieldwork

Assignments and Grading: Your final grade is determined via your performance on homework assignments, the ones given below (X.Y denotes Chapter X Problem Y).


Homework Due: June 24, 2017.


Chapter 1:

  • 1.1 Movie, Living on One Dollar (view if you can get access to it)
  • 1.3(a,b)  Make the choice of one of your countries, Egypt
  • 1.17

Chapter 2: 

  • 2.1

 (link is:

Chapter 3: 

  • 3.7 
  • 3.11(a,b)
  • 3.12
  • 3.13
  • 3.15

Chapter 4: 

  • 4.1
  • 4.5
  • 4.7(a,b)
  • 4.14
  • 4.16
  • 4.20 (the movie was given to 5 students in the class-see one of them to get it)
  • 4.27
  • 4.34
  • 4.43