Introducing Humanitarian Engineering and Computing.

Mention in the first edition of the "European award for best practice for the integration of SHD (Sustainable Human Development) into technology and engineering education”, in the context of the European project "Global Dimension in Engineering Education ‐ GDEE ",

Authors: Director of the work: Elizabeth Miles from Coventry University.

This application summaries the work of Dr Elizabeth Miles to integrate and embed the theories and practices of Humanitarian Engineering and Computing (HE&C) into the curriculum in the Faculty of Engineering and Computing at Coventry University UK (CU). In her work, which began in November 2011, Dr Miles has addressed the issue that whilst graduate engineers are highly skilled, technically capable, readily employable graduates they lack the broader appreciation of responsible engineering among diverse communities, as such, a more ‘global engineering perspective’. She did this by the introduction of the concept of HE&C as a method to develop the global perspective of engineering and also the ethical and sustainability side to the subject. The inspiration behind her enthusiasm for this work was her ‘Vodafone World of Difference Award’ that allowed her to work for Engineers Without Borders UK on their education programmes for the summer of 2011. She began by reviewing existing literature and engaging with staff and students as to what the exact definition of ‘Humanitarian Engineering and Computing’ would mean to CU. Once this had been defined, time was taken to establishing a baseline of understanding of existing capability within the Faculty that aligned with this HE&C agenda. The third strand of this work being to develop and execute a strategy for the incorporation of HE&C into the curriculum in a way that aligned with the overall philosophy of teaching engineering at CU.