Humanitarian engineering, social entrepreneurship program formalized

Ongoing efforts that teach students to solve social problems in developing communities will now become a formal program in the College of Engineering.

The Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program combines existing work in learning, research and entrepreneurial outreach that fosters positive social change throughout the world.

The HESE program encompasses students and faculty from nine academic colleges. Over the past few years, HESE efforts have included ventures in Kenya, Tanzania, India, Nicaragua and South Africa.

It will be administered through the college's School of Engineering Design, Technology and Professional Programs. The existing certificate program in engineering and community engagement will be migrated to a HESE certificate.

Khanjan Mehta, instructor of engineering design, will be the program's director, and Thomas Colledge, assistant professor of engineering design, will direct the HESE certificate program.

Mehta has seven years of experience teaching design and entrepreneurship and has led technology-based ventures in several countries. He has won the 2010 Lawrence J. Perez Memorial Student Advocate Award, 2008 LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award and the 2001 J.N. Tata Endowment Fellowship for the Higher Education of Indians.

Colledge has 12 years of experience teaching and leading engineering design efforts in service learning in marginalized communities. He is the recipient of the 2004 Lawrence J. Perez Memorial Student Advocate Award and the 2004 College of Education Service and Leadership Award.

Colledge also is the founder and editor-in-chief of the International Journal for Service Learning in Engineering: Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship.

More information on the HESE program can be found online at www.engr.psu.edu/hese.

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Last Updated February 01, 2011