Humanitarian Engineering Initiative

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Engineering Health Innovations for Human Wellbeing and Global Development

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. The broad objective of the Humanitarian Engineering Initiative is 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).​

Initiative Coordinators: 
Aline GermaniHala Ghattas, Zaher Dawy, Imad H. Elhajj​

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Objectives of the Humanitarian Engineering Initiative

  • ​Build the capacity of engineering students in designing solutions for social wellbeing, and of public health students in engineering design and methodologies

  • Initiate collaborative research and/or service projects and applying for funding opportunities

  • Establish international partnerships and collaborations

  • Offer joint diplomas and/or certificates

  • Organize national, regional and international forums or conference on current topics

  • Generate joint intellectual property for AUB through patents or licenses

Summer and Winter Courses

Humanitarian Engineering: Designing Solutions for Health Challenges in Crises is a collaborative initiative between the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, alongside the Departments of Biomedical Engineering and International Health at Boston University and the Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design (CBID) at Johns Hopkins University.

In this course, students from diverse disciplines work together in teams on ideation, design, and solution prototyping. They participate in a series of lectures, field visits to refugee camps, an engineering hackathon, and a competition all focused on designing solutions for health challenges in crises. 

The course has been organized twice in varying format during the summer of 2017,​ the winter of 2018, and summer of 2018​. The next offering is planned for winter of 2019​.