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MASTER's DEGREE and Certificate

We are proud to announce our new graduate offerings: an interdisciplinary M.S. in Humanitarian Engineering and Science and an online graduate certificate. Now accepting applications.

What is Humanitarian Engineering?

Our mission is to educate engineers to serve communities by collaboratively identifying problems and providing solutions that are just, socially responsible, and sustainable.

Undergraduate Minors in ECD & LSR

Click to learn more about Mines Humanitarian Engineering’s minors in Leadership in Social Responsibility and Engineering for Community Development 

Research @ HE

Learn more about the different opportunities for research in Humanitarian Engineering and learn about our past and current projects. 

Humanitarian Engineering

Training Engineers to Best Serve Communities

This Week

HE Program is growing! Learn about our forward momentum, thanks to Charles Shultz ’61 and his wife, Louanne, who have provided a generous gift to support our continued growth, reach and impact inside and outside the university.

Here are a few recent news articles about our program, including a great introduction to our Humanitarian Engineering and Science master’s program, featured in the Mines Newsroom! You can also learn about our undergraduates in this article about the Shultz Scholars and this article about HE summer work during the pandemic. For more HE news, check out our HE Media page.

Want to learn more about Humanitarian Engineering? Please check out our Humanitarian Engineering and Science colloquium lectures, and our Gold Nuggets Humanitarian Engineering interview series!

New to Mines? Check out this year’s virtual Celebration of Mines by enrolling in Canvas, then look our Humanitarian Engineering information, the Socially Responsible Scientists and Engineers and Mines Without Borders student clubs, and the Engineering, Design, & Society division, our academic home.


Need to connect with HE during remote learning? We are here to support you in this challenging time! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Juan Lucena, Kevin Moore, Julia Roos and Jessica Smith for any of your HE needs.



HE Symposium

The 2nd Annual Humanitarian Engineering Symposium has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be held virtually in Spring 2021. The theme of this year’s symposium is Environmental Justice.

The mission of the Mines HE Symposium is 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. It will include guest speakers as well as round-table discussions with local organizations to continue the conversation about social responsibility.

Please check back for updates as new details are finalized!

Our Programs

The Humanitarian Engineering program at Mines is proud to offer three unique programs in Humanitarian Engineering science at the undergraduate and graduate level. Learn more about the Engineering for Community Development (ECD) and Leadership in Social Responsibility (LSR) undergraduate minors, as well as the Humanitarian Engineering master’s degree and certificate:


Harnessing the power of engineering and social science, we work directly with communities to jointly define problems and create sustainable solutions.


learn about our projects

Student Project

in social Innovation

What it’s like @ MINes in HE

Learn how to work with International Communities


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.”

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?