Humanitarian engineers focus the skill and capabilities of engineering theory and practice toward aiding the greater good of humanity by offering stakeholder centric solutions to medical and disaster relief, global outreach, human displacement, human safety, food security, cultural awareness/sensitivity, and economic development.
Engineers from this concentration may work in industries such as: the not for profit sector, faith-based charities, NGO’s (i.e. global aid/global health), international development, as well as state, federal and international government agencies.
Their work may include: leading research and data analysis in problem topics to develop novel approaches to reduce risk and improve outcomes, to developing and designing improved water and sanitation systems, .to project and supply chain management around aid distribution, supply route repair. The focus of work will always engage a range of stakeholders with many competing interests ranging from time to monetary, religious, geopolitical, raw material and sustainability constraints.
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Student and Alumni Stories
Interdisciplinary Engineering 2017 Colloquium
On November 9, 2017, Purdue University College of Engineering faculty panelists
Watch the Introduction to our 2017 Colloquium:
Part II discusses the need and growth of Humanitarian Engineering (highlights Angela Collins, MDE Alumna '18)