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“Engineering” can be defined as “the use of science and mathematics to invent, create, design, develop, or improve technologies.” 

“Technology” is often thought of simply as a “tool” that extends human capability (e.g. from hammers to the internet).

“Humanitarian” has been defined as “concerned with or seeking to promote human welfare” (New Oxford American Dictionary), which is quite a bit broader than typical interpretations of this word (e.g., it does not just apply to disasters or international work, but local/domestic work). We define "welfare" via social justice.

"Social Justice" can be defined as “standards for, and a view on how to promote via human interactions, human dignity and human fulfillment for all of humanity.” Central to social justice is helping people have dignity, rights, and fulfillment. 


Humanitarian engineering is the creation of technologies that help people


 

Sponsors: 

IEEE Foundation

Battelle Engineering, Technology, and Human Affairs  (BETHA) grants (two)

OSU Engagement Impact Grant

Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the College of Engineering at OSU.  

 


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