Sustainability 2009, 1(4), 1087-1105; doi:10.3390/su1041087

A Model for Sustainable Humanitarian Engineering Projects

1 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 2 Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, University of Colorado at Boulder / 429 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0429, USA
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Received: 10 September 2009; Accepted: 18 November 2008 / Published: 20 November 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advanced Forum for Sustainable Development)
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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.
Keywords: engineering education; interrelationships between people; resources; environment; and development; hands-on projects; humanitarian development

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Amadei, B.; Sandekian, R.; Thomas, E. A Model for Sustainable Humanitarian Engineering Projects. Sustainability 2009, 1, 1087-1105.

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Amadei B, Sandekian R, Thomas E. A Model for Sustainable Humanitarian Engineering Projects. Sustainability. 2009; 1(4):1087-1105.

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Amadei, Bernard; Sandekian, Robyn; Thomas, Evan. 2009. "A Model for Sustainable Humanitarian Engineering Projects." Sustainability 1, no. 4: 1087-1105.

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