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 train engineers to serve communities co-creating socially responsible, just and sustainable solutions. 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.

Elevate Through Design lecture

Tues March 6, 3:30 – 4:30 PM, Marquez Hall 226

Breanne Przestrzelski, PhD, will lead attendees through a personal journey, sharing excerpts from her design background in bioengineering, learning experiences, and surfing, from which attendees will walk away with a greater understanding of how design applies to everyday life in unique ways.

Dr. Przestrzelski spent nine years at Clemson University where she was a three-time graduate of  the bioengineering program (BS, MS, and PhD), founder of the Design & Entrepreneurship Network (DEN), and a Division I rower. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of San Diego in the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering seeking to integrate social justice into traditional engineering principles.



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

Read the Mines NewsRoom story



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Support the Program

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.

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