Engineers who apply specialist skills to humanitarian causes and emergency situations can have an incredibly positive global impact on populations in need. Humanitarian engineering focuses on using engineering to help meet communities' needs-not for profit, but for the good of humanity.
Humanitarian engineers undertake projects to: help reduce poverty in disadvantaged communities, such as through housing construction; provide support in natural disasters; improve access to safe drinking water; and develop sustainable energy.
In this minor, you'll work on ideas and technologies that contribute to improvements in the living conditions and situations of developing populations. Projects will include a focus on culture, economic background, and political climate, and will enable you to develop strong community awareness.
As a humanitarian engineer you'll be equipped to solve problems in complex, often life-threatening situations-allowing you to significantly enhance and even save lives. You could work domestically or internationally on: disaster response teams; community development projects; or for non-governmental organisations, such as Engineers Without Borders.
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Last updated: 29 Apr 2022