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Summer School on Humanitarian Engineering

Date: July-06-2017 08:30 AM till July-08-2017 06:00 PM
Location: IOEC 6th floor lounge
Contact Person: FEA ,
Category: Announcement

The Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture,
the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the Global Health Initiative
invite you to take part in AUB’s first

Solutions for Health in Conflict

July 6–8, 2017

Using engineering and social design to address humanitarian challenges, bridging the gap between practitioners, engineers and scientists, NGOs and social entrepreneurs, to generate health solutions in/for conflict-affected populations. The event takes place over three days, with 1.5 days of interactive presentations and 1.5 days hackathon.

In collaboration with: #AUB4refugees, Arab Digital Public Health Initiative, CCECS

Invited international speakers:

•    Prof. Muhammad Zaman, Boston University (
•    Prof. Youseph Yazdi, Johns Hopkins University (
Who can attend: Students, faculty members, representatives from NGOs, entrepreneurs, etc.
Register for free at


Organized by: Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (SFEA), Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), and Global Health Initiative (GHI) in collaboration with AUB4refugees, Arab Digital Public Health Initiative, and Center for Civic Engagement and Community Service (CCECS)
Organizing committee: Majdi Abou Najm, Zaher Dawy, Imad Elhajj, Aline Germani, Hala Ghattas, Samir Mustapha, Shadi Saleh, and Muhammad Zaman

Objectives: The First AUB Summer School on Humanitarian Engineering will focus on Solutions for Health in Conflict. This unique initiative will be a blend of instruction, ideation, hackathon and beyond. The specific objectives are the following:
1.    Provide foundational knowledge in participatory and collaborative design to actors in the humanitarian field that have no formal training in the design of technologies.
2.    Familiarize participants with various social and engineering design methods to address humanitarian problems.
3.    Engage practitioners working in humanitarian settings and engineers/scientists in the process of designing technologies for health.
4.    Create teams of students, faculty, representatives of NGOs and social entrepreneurs to generate solutions for health issues in conflict-affected populations.
5.    Encourage the teams to progress beyond the summer school possibly towards a viable solution in the future.

Thursday July 6th, 2017


Opening Session

Dean Alan Shihadeh, Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (SFEA)
Dean Iman Nuwayhid, Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS)
Dr. Shadi Saleh, Associate Vice President for Health Affairs
Dr. Muhammad Zaman, Biomedical Engineering and Global Health, Boston University

Innovation for Social Change

Dr. Youseph Yazdi, Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design, Johns Hopkins University
Health Issues in the Context of 
Conflict – Gaps & Opportunities

Dr. Hala Ghattas, Center for Research on Population and Health, FHS

Coffee Break

Design of Public Health Interventions for Conflict Affected Populations

Ms. Aline Germani, Center for Public Health Practice, FHS


Humanitarian Engineering Design Methodologies for Social Impact

Dr. Youseph Yazdi
Dr. Muhammad Zaman

Coffee Break

Hackathon Session I: Team Formation & Problem Identification
Facilitated by the Organizing Committee Members

Friday July 7th, 2017

Digital Technologies & Tools – 
Enablers of Solutions

Dr. Zaher Dawy, Electrical and Computer Engineering, SFEA
Dr. Imad Elhajj, Electrical and Computer Engineering, SFEA
Dr. Samir Mustapha, Mechanical Engineering, SFEA

Coffee Break

Engineering Innovation for Health: Case Studies

Dr. Majdi Abou Najm, Civil and Environmental Engineering, SFEA
Dr. Youseph Yazdi
Dr. Muhammad Zaman

Hackathon Session II: Ideation, Scope & Challenges

Teams and Mentors (Deliverables: Problem motivation and definition)
Note: Session includes working lunch

Hackathon Session III: Design, Work Plan & Prototyping
Open after
Teams and Mentors (Deliverables: Design and work plan)
Note: Session includes coffee break and working dinner

Saturday July 8th, 2017

Hackathon Session IV: Group Progress Discussion

Note: Five minutes progress presentation per team

Hackathon Session V: Solution Development & Demo

Teams and Mentors (Deliverables: Prototype solution and demo presentation)

Note: Session includes coffee break and working lunch

Coffee Break
Hackathon Session VI: Project 
Pitching & Judging
Teams and Judging Committee

Closing Session: Awards & Certificate Distribution
Organizing Committee

Register for free

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