FHS, MSFEA and Boston University to hold Humanitarian Engineering Initiative session in January 2020

​​​​​In a rapidly changing context fraught with conflict and a rise in the burden of disease, there is an ever-growing need for innovative, multidisciplinary solutions to emerging public health problems in the Arab region. In this context, and upon the successful experience over the past years, the American University of Beirut's (AUB) Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) and Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA) and the Department of Biomedical Engineering and International Health at Boston University (BU) will be holding the “Humanitarian Engineering Initiative" session this January 2020.

The Humanitarian Engineering Initiative aims to combine disciplinary methods to address global challenges, which is particularly important given rapid transitions in health in the region, and the urgency of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The main objectives of the Initiative are to: (i) Build the capacity of engineering students in designing solutions for social wellbeing, and of public health students in engineering design and methodologies ; (ii) Initiate collaborative research and/or service projects and applying for funding opportunities; (iii) Establish international partnerships and collaborations; (iv) Offer joint diplomas and/or certificates; (v) Organize national, regional and international forums or conference on current topics; and (vi) Generate joint intellectual property for AUB through patents or licenses.