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Course module: 202200310
Introduction to Humanitarian Engineering
Course info
Course module202200310
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact persondr. A. Martinetti
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Examiner P.K. Chemweno
dr. M.L. Franco Garcia
Lecturer T.A. Groen
dr. A. Martinetti
Contactperson for the course
dr. A. Martinetti
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes
  • Demonstrating the ability to master the dynamics of stakeholder involvement in an ambiguous and complex open-ended project
  • Developing and demonstrating the ability to work in multidisciplinary and multicultural team
  • Understanding the different aspects of Humanitarian Engineering
  • Linking the different SDGs to Humanitarian Engineering actions
  • Analysing different socio-technical situations where Humanitarian engineering actions are needed
  • Assessing the possible solutions with the different socio-technical situations
  • Creating appropriate solutions for alleviate pressure on underserved communities

The course offers students the option to get exposed to three domains within the framework of Humanitarian Engineering. These focus domains are on immediate assistance (Humanitarian Aid Engineering – i.e: quick solutions for water supply, communication connection, first de-mining action, flexible and modular facilities); long-term planning and capacity building (Resilience Engineering – i.e: maintenance planning, education facilities, robust infrastructures) and implementation/value creation from technology (Responsible and Sustainable Entrepreneurship – i.e: job creations, small scale economy planning)1. This approach will help to create students that will be exposed to different moments of a humanitarian crisis, characterised by unique skills. The mentioned three focus domains will have in common the appropriate technology approach.

The course will use the concept of challenge-based learning as a guiding framework. Multiple societal challenges form the backbone to teach teams of students structured problem-solving approaches and design appropriate engineering solutions in areas as diverse as water and sanitation, healthcare, infrastructure and institutional design. The students will collaborate with stakeholders to frame the problems based on local needs. In the process, they will reflect upon -amongst other things- the impact of stakeholder culture, opportunities and risks of solutions, the effect of variations in stakeholder cultures on the provided solutions and pitfalls in implementing suggested solutions.

Participating study
Master Mechanical Engineering
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Instructional modes
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Self study with assistance
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Assignment(s) and presentation

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