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Humanitarian Engineering

The Humanitarian Engineering program at Colorado School of Mines offers a variety of opportunities for students interested in engineering with a purpose. Our mission is to teach students how engineering can contribute to co-creating just and sustainable solutions for communities around the world.

How does Humanitarian Engineering at Mines make better engineers? Our graduates are:

  • Able to define/solve problems, design with multiple stakeholders and restricted budgets.

  • Experienced in questioning assumptions behind engineering design and problem solving, facilitating innovation of technical and non-technical solutions.

  • Thoughtful about social causes and groups of people larger than themselves, putting people at the center of engineering.

  • Skilled at practicing engineering with real budgets, constraints, regulations and people.

Our graduates go on to top notch graduate schools, private industry as leaders in corporate social responsibility, government agencies, the U.S. Peace Corps and NGOs that specialize in community development and engineering.

Last year, gifts from #idigmines donors sent five of our best students to the Engineering Solutions for Sustainability: Materials and Resources (ESS: M&R 3) Symposium held in Denver. Out students presented their research on humanitarian engineering and social responsibility and networked with experts from industry and academia.

This year, your support at any level will make an impact for the students in our program:

  • $25 will buy food for a student during field session.

  • $100 can purchase lodging for a student traveling to a professional development conference.

  • $200 will provide a one- day stipend for a student participating in a summer internship.

  • $500 supports international students by purchasing books and meals during their visits to Mines.

Additional funds from bonus gifts would support any number of opportunities within the Humanitarian Engineering program, including:

  • Development and piloting of HE summer field session, where students work with communities in need across the county ($20,000).

  • Travel support for students to attend conferences and other professional development opportunities ($10,000/year).

  • Summer internship stipends for students who forego paid summer positions to work non-paid HE internships ($20,000: $5,000/student x 4/year).

  • International student scholarships, for students who want to come from abroad to learn about and teach HE-related topics ($40,000: $10,000 x 4 students).

  • Travel support for faculty to attend conferences and visit other universities, where they learn more about impactful HE programs ($15,000: $2,500/faculty x 6/year).

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About #idigmines Giving Day

Do you dig Humanitarian Engineering? #idigmines Giving Day is one day to show your Mines love for the campus causes you dig the most. Thanks to the generosity of the Family Fund Chairs, James Kastenholz and Jennifer Steans, $35,000 is up for grabs!

$30,000 Bonus

Each of the 31 featured causes are vying for a piece of $30,000. Learn more on our BONUS page.

Additional Bonuses

There are three other ways your favorite cause can earn up to $5,000. Learn more on our BONUS page.