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A Model for Sustainable Humanitarian Engineering Projects

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  • Bernard Amadei

    () (Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities, Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder / 428 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0428, USA)

  • Robyn Sandekian

    () (Mortenson Center in Engineering for Developing Communities, Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder / 428 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0428, USA)

  • Evan Thomas

    () (Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder / 429 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0429, USA)

Abstract

The engineering profession should embrace a new mission statement—to contribute to the building of a more sustainable, stable, and equitable world. Recently, engineering students and professionals in the United States have shown strong interest in directly addressing the needs of developing communities worldwide. That interest has taken the form of short-and medium-term international trips through Engineers Without Borders—USA and similar organizations. There are also several instances where this kind of outreach work has been integrated into engineering education at various US institutions such as the University of Colorado at Boulder. This paper addresses the challenges and opportunities associated with balancing two goals in engineering for humanitarian development projects: (i) effective sustainable community development, and (ii) meaningful education of engineers. Guiding principles necessary to meet those two goals are proposed.

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  • Bernard Amadei & Robyn Sandekian & Evan Thomas, 2009. "A Model for Sustainable Humanitarian Engineering Projects," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 1(4), pages 1-19, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:1:y:2009:i:4:p:1087-1105:d:6265
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    Keywords

    engineering education; interrelationships between people; resources; environment; and development; hands-on projects; humanitarian development;

    JEL classification:

    • Q - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics
    • Q0 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - General
    • Q2 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q3 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation
    • Q5 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics
    • Q56 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Environment and Development; Environment and Trade; Sustainability; Environmental Accounts and Accounting; Environmental Equity; Population Growth
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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