Humanitarian Engineering

The Humanitarian Engineering program at 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.

SEECer's Symposium about Housing Insecurity

When: Saturday April 20th, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: Student Center Grand Ballrooms

We are the SEECers – Sustainable Engineering Education Coalition – and we work throughout Mines to represent the Humanitarian Engineering program. This semester, we are running a symposium to encourage students and professionals to incorporate the human-centered design approach into their engineering projects and explore the socio-technical nature of real-world problems. Through the topic of housing insecurity, we will explore how engineers and professionals of other disciplines can collaborate with communities to have a wide and positive impact on this aspect of society. This symposium will take place on April 20th, 2019 Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO. It will incorporate guest speakers well-versed in homelessness as well as round-table discussions with local organizations to continue the conversation about social responsibility. Registration for the conference begins at 9 am, and the speakers will begin at 10 am. The conference includes lunch. Follow along here for updates!

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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.

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