Spots available in the HESE Program to Kenya, Rwanda, and Cameroon

Posted: November 8, 2013

The HESE embedded course program is accepting applicants for this spring with travel for three weeks in May.

The Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program brings together passionate students and faculty from various disciplines across campus to develop innovative and practical technology-based solutions to address compelling global development challenges. For Spring 2014, engagement is via a three-credit effort open to upper-division and graduate students from ALL majors. Lower division students might be able to participate with instructor approval.

Students need to sign up for two Engineering Design courses: - EDSGN 452 (2 credits: Projects in Humanitarian Engineering) - EDSGN 453 (1 credit: Design for Developing Communities)

Pre-requisite: Fifth semester standing. (Lower division students with significant community engagement or international travel experience are encouraged to contact the program)

The EDSGN 452 class has three sections: 1. Section 1: Essential Design (Kenya, Rwanda, Cameroon): Ventures include Low-cost Greenhouses, Solar Food Dryers, Drip Irrigation Systems and Food Carts. (All Majors Welcome) 2. Section 2: Mashavu Telemedicine System (Kenya): Work continues on various aspects of scaling up the Mashavu pre-primary healthcare system, in collaboration with the CYEC, Kenyan Ministry of Health and telecom giant Safaricom. (All Majors Welcome) 3. Section 3: Mashavu Biomedical Devices (Kenya): Design and prototyping of low-cost biomedical devices like inkjet-printed test strips for detecting UTIs, Methanol sensors for the local moonshine, food nutrient quantification devices, etc. (Engineering, Agriculture, Sciences, Life Sciences preferred) This is a rigorous and intense integrated learning, research and entrepreneurial engagement experience that requires strong commitment. Multidisciplinary student teams will work on various aspects of research, design, testing and implementation of these ventures in the Spring 2014 semester with (proposed) travel to Kenya/Cameroon for three weeks in May. Travel is optional and contingent on successful completion of spring classes, necessary approvals and participation in a half-credit course (EDSGN 454) in the Maymester. Approximate travel dates are May 9 – 29.

These courses, in concert with classes in Social Entrepreneurship and HESE Reflection and Research Dissemination, count towards the 12.5-credit Certificate in Engineering and Community Engagement, and form the Social Entrepreneurship cluster in the Intercollegiate Minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. These courses count as some form of elective for most departments.

For information and to apply, please contact Khanjan Mehta at