For students interested in humanitarian engineering, the Research School of Engineering's partner organisation Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is running a number of overseas Humanitarian Design Summits during 2017/18. These are two week immersive 'in country' summits aimed at engineering and design students, providing a development education experience to learn about engineering, design and humanitarian projects. Students undertake village stays and conduct appropriate technology designs in collaborations with partner groups. Upcoming summits are India (December 2017/January 2018/February 2018), Cambodia (December 2017), and Nepal (December 2017/February 2018).
Under the Australian Government New Colombo Plan grant scheme, ANU has secured a number of grants of AUD $3,000 for Australian citizen students to support their costs of the Indian summits. Students are also able to apply for OS-HELP funding to support the summits in Cambodia, Nepal and India.
The Humanitarian Design Summits allow students to experience the application of systems engineering and their studies to work and organisations in developing communities. These experiences build on ENGN2225/6 and relate to final year engineering projects such as ENGN4200 and ENGN4221. The EWB Design Summits is offered for a 6-unit credit course through the Engineering for a Humanitarian Context course (ENGN3013).
Further details of the summits are available at www.ewb.org.au/designsummit.