New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Community Engagement Division
Background and Motivation Many of the humanitarian engineering education initiatives in Australia are developed and supported by Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB). These include the EWB Challenge, an embedded first year coursework program, and the Undergraduate Research Program, providing service-learning projects for later year individual or group work. These represent the extremes of an undergraduate degree, leaving a significant gap in the program for a student interested in humanitarian engineering. A link is required to support student learning on humanitarian engineering between these extremes.
Description and Justification of Methodology To fill this perceived gap, the EWB Humanitarian Design Summit was developed. These are two-week international experiences combining facilitated workshops, cultural experiences and a community visit. This is available to mid-program students to optional take and are design to be a lead into later year service-learning projects. A range of curriculum methods have been used by universities to incorporate the experience into students’ formal program including work experience, research projects and a for-credit course.
Results and Data Analysis The Design Summits commenced at the start of 2015. Summits have been conducted to Cambodia and India, with students from 24 universities taking part. The approaches to incorporating the Summit into programs has created different outcomes, with those more tightly integrated into a students’ program providing greater opportunities for student learning. A number of technology concepts and prototypes have been developed during community visits, several of which have been left for community partners to use. Students on follow-up Summits 6-months later have been able to observe if any of these are still in use and found a small number have had further development and use after development.
Conclusions and Significance The Summit is providing opportunities for students to engage in a scaffolded community based humanitarian engineering experience. Approaches and learnings are being shared across Australian universities to contribute to the development of an Australian humanitarian engineering program.
Smith, J., & Turner, J. P., & Brown, N. J., & Price, J. (2016, June), Integration of a Short-term International Humanitarian Engineering Experience into Engineering Undergraduate Studies Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25418
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