Humanitarian Engineering

The Humanitarian Engineering program at the Colorado School of Mines brings together engineering and social science professors to transform engineering by changing the ways engineers are taught to think, define, and solve problems. We offer two undergraduate minors, empower faculty to transform their teaching, bring world class speakers to Mines, and conduct research that addresses some of the biggest challenges facing engineers.

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 Beth Rieken, a recent PhD in Mechanical Engineering will be speaking on mindfulness as a pathway to innovation and divergent thinking in engineering design on Monday January 29 at 2 pm in the Boettcher Room of the Mines Library.

Full details available here




HE team awarded $4 million to make artisanal gold mining more sustainable

 National Science Foundation grant will bring together students and faculty from Mines, US Air Force Academy & CU-Boulder with their counterparts in Colombia and Peru to tackle one of the world’s biggest challenges

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Learn more about the Humanitarian Engineering and Leadership in Social Responsibility minors:

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From corporate CEOs to the heads of NGOs, leaders committed to social, environmental, and economic stability worldwide demand a different kind of engineer for the 21st century.

Mines is ready to meet this challenge through its Humanitarian Engineering Program, with focus areas in Engineering for Community Development and Leadership in Social Responsibility. At Mines, we embrace engineering the way it should be.

How will you meet the challenge?


  • Solar disinfection system wins CECS Fall Capstone Design Fair
    A solar-powered water disinfection system for use in rural Uganda was awarded first place in the College of Engineering and Computational Sciences’ Fall Capstone Design Trade Fair on Dec. 5. Team Ugan …
  • Mines receives $4M NSF grant to study artisanal gold mining
    A five-year, $4 million National Science Foundation grant will put Colorado School of Mines at the center of efforts to tackle the public health and environmental challenges posed by artisanal and sma …
  • Solving Problems that Matter
    How do the engineers of the future address the constant problems that arise in our changing world from environmental degradation to income inequality? Join the humanitarian engineering department and …
  • Students get on-the-ground experience in Guatemala
    Landslide risk is a fact of life for hundreds of thousands of Guatemalans residing in settlements on the slopes of steep ravines.  How well the available tools, techniques and programs manage that ris …