DESIGNING WITH COMMUNITIES
The Humanitarian Engineering Program educates engineers and scientists to work as partners with communities seeking to enhance their social, environmental, and economic sustainability.
Students in the program learn to take a sociotechnical approach to make a difference in the world through their professional careers, whether in community development or corporate settings.
Graduate students and faculty also inform HE education by conducting leading research at the intersection of engineering and social science. To learn how you can become involved in Humanitarian Engineering, please explore our webpages or contact us.
HE has a variety of education, research, outreach, and engagement programs, with two focus areas: Engineering for Sustainable Development and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Educational programs for undergraduates include 18-credit undergraduate minors in each of our two focus areas, Engineering for Community Development (ECD) and Leadership in Social Responsibility (LSR), and a 12-credit Area of Special Interest (ASI) in HE. Undergraduate students can also pick ECD or LSR as a focus area in the Design Engineering BS degree. Graduate students can enroll in a 9-credit certificate program or a 30-credit Master’s Degree in Humanitarian Engineering and Science. Many undergraduate and graduate students participate in HE research projects. And, all students can take classes in HE or participate in an HE-related project through design classes, student clubs, the Peace Corps Prep program, and our Engineering with Communities Design Studio.
ASI IN HE
PEACE CORPS PREP
MS AND CERTIFICATE IN HES
DESIGN AT MINES
- HE@Mines started in 2003 as the first such curricular program in the US and has inspired similar programs at many other schools
- The HE program allocates annual graduate and undergraduate scholarships and has supported more than sixty students in the program since 2014
- Several hundred students each year take nearly twenty different HE-related undergraduate and graduate courses
- Over one hundred and forty students have graduated with an HE minor since program inception
- The Engineering with Communities Design Studio and the Mines Capstone Senior Design program hosts dozens of HE-related projects each year, giving senior engineering students real-world practice in applying their HE skills
- The graduate program is a vibrant, exciting community of engineers and scholars
- Students carry out numerous HE projects through two student clubs: Mines without Borders and Socially Responsible Scientists and Engineers
Are you a new student at Mines? Learn more about Humanitarian Engineering by enrolling in our Humanitarian Engineering Canvas page.
Want to hear some professionals share their experiences with Humanitarian Engineering? Please check out our Humanitarian Engineering and Science colloquium lectures and our Gold Nuggets Humanitarian Engineering interview series!
Learn about our projects
What its like in HE at mines
student project in social innovation
Learn how to work with international communitites
Learn more about our partnership with RMRC @ Mines. “We are an interdisciplinary, multi-institution, and global research collaboration funded by the US National Science Foundation. Our goal is to co-design socially responsible and sustainable mining practices with communities, engineers, and social scientists.”
Please join Humanitarian Engineering on the Mines campus to celebrate our 20th anniversary! We will have anniversary workshops and guest lectures as well as a retrospective mixer and celebratory banquet on September 14th, 2023.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
Congratulations to the HE Program graduates and all the Mines spring and summer 2023 graduates!
Watch the video of HES grad Mateo Rojas giving his graduate ceremony student commencement speech here, starting at around 50:00.
For additional HE news and events, please visit our Humanitarian Engineering Media, News & Events page!
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 and a new interdisciplinary Humanitarian Engineering and Science master’s degree. At Mines, we embrace engineering the way it should be.
How will you meet the challenge?