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Campus Event to Discuss Development of Humanitarian Engineers

December 5, 2014


Global Helpers: Engineers Without Borders is one of several student organizations that have completed international projects to help others. (Photo by John Gardner)

Engineers serve society in many ways, and play valuable roles in improving the lives of disadvantaged people and communities.

Development of the Humanitarian Engineer will be the topic of a documentary film presentation and panel discussion on Wednesday, December 10, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the GM Room of Moench Hall at Rose-Hulman. The event is free and open to the public.

“The Humanitarian Engineer” documentary is a celebration of engineering, its diversity, and its power to enrich the human condition. The film has yet to be released to the public.

Several Rose-Hulman faculty and students who have done humanitarian projects will be featured in the panel discussion following the film presentation.

Panelists will include John Aidoo, associate professor of civil engineering and advisor of the Engineers Without Borders student organization; Patricia Brackin, professor of mechanical engineering and leader of the Home for Environmentally Responsible Engineers; Erin Campbell, a Whitaker International Student Scholar who spent last summer working on projects in Zimbabwe and Panama; Wayne Padgett, professor of electrical and computer engineering who helped complete a project that brought clean water to a Panama village; and Jeff Papa, an alumnus who founded the Youth Enhancement and Training Initiative, a non-profit corporation that raises funds for an orphanage Papa established in Nepal to serve children.

The event is being sponsored by Rose-Hulman’s Grand Challenges Group and Leadership Advancement Program.