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Designing Humanitarian Engineering from Practice: Experiences and Outcomes in a Developing World Context.

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Humanitarian Engineering, Social Entrepreneurship and Communitarian Innovation in the Global South

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Community Engagement Division

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Diana Duarte Universidad Sergio Arboleda

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Industrial Engineer and Master of Science in Industrial Engineering with emphasis in organizational management from
Universidad de los Andes Colombia. Her work experience is focused on research and project management
with social and environmental impact in the educational context and the public sector.

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Luis Alejandro Angel


MARÍA PAULA FLÓREZ JIMÉNEZ P.E. Universidad Sergio Arboleda

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I am Industrial Engineer and Environmental Engineer from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia with a master student in Industrial Engineering with emphasis in Organizational Management from the University of the Andes. I have been Research Assistant of Ingenieros sin Fronteras Colombia (Engineers Without Borders Colombia ) and I have a high capacity for problem solving, working with interdisciplinary groups and vulnerable communities. Right now I am professor and Academic Coordinator of Industrial Engineering Program from Universidad Sergio Arboleda .

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Camilo Andrés Navarro Forero P.E. Universidad Sergio Arboleda Colombia South America Orcid 16x16

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Camilo Andrés Navarro Forero:

PHD Engineering student of the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá DC Colombia, Peace Building Master's degree student of the same university. Master of Science in industrial engineering with mayor in organizational management, industrial engineer from the Universidad de los Andes Colombia with complementary studies in Ingénieur de Gestión BA2 from the the Solvay Business School of Management and Economics in Bruxelles Belgique. Active member of Ingenieros sin fronteras Colombia. Currently tenured-track Professor of Systems, Project Management and Project Management at Sergio Arboleda University. Member of the Humanitarian Engineering group of the same university.

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David Leonardo Osorio P.E. Universidad Sergio Arboleda.

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Professor at Universidad Sergio Arboleda, Colombia.
Professor at Universidad de los Andes, Colombia.
Professor of VIVA IDEA -NEXUS Program- for Social Entrepreneurship Latin America.
Magister in Industrial Engineer.
Topic of Interest: Corporate Social Responsability, Social Entrepreneurship, Shared Value, Humanitarian Engineering.

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Some universities and engineering schools around the world have developed programs and initiatives related with engineers making social and environmental impacts. This paper presents the results of a two years design process of a humanitarian engineering educational Program at Universidad Sergio Arboleda in Colombia in South America from a practical perspective. The Program looks for the generation of professionals more aware of their decisions where they change the perspective from “knowledge owners” to “design facilitators”. It is based in three main conceptual paths: Social Appropriation of Technology, Listening and co-creation, and facilitation of social business model for communities. The main goal of this Program is to provide our engineering students with systemic thinking methodologies and skills, while been sensitive to a social context in order for them to be able to identify the main actors and variables of complex systems, and at the same contribute in the solution of complex problems. For the purpose of achieving this goal, the Program seeks to maximize the spaces of interactions between professors, students and communities to generate transversal knowledge between different disciplines and co-create solutions in a participatory way, teaching them how to work in a multidisciplinary context.

Duarte, D., & Angel, L. A., & FLÓREZ JIMÉNEZ, M. P., & Navarro Forero, C. A., & Osorio, D. L. (2018, June), Designing Humanitarian Engineering from Practice: Experiences and Outcomes in a Developing World Context. Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--30282

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