Humanitarian Engineering Opportunities

The Research School of Engineering has a number of partnerships and links with community, not-for-profit and social enterprises working on humanitarian engineering. The benefits of these opportunities are far reaching with students obtaining a deep understanding of how their knowledge and skills can help to advance the well-being of humanity as a whole.

Opportunities include:

Abundant Water (AW) working in Laos, Nepal and Timor-Leste to provide access to clean drinking water through ceramic water filters 

Enable Development (ED) a social enterprise working towards greater empowerment and inclusion of people with disabilities 

Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) working towards creating social value through engineering

Okra supporting the development and use of off-grid energy networks

Abundant Water, Enable Development and Okra were all founded or co-founded by ANU engineering graduates, highlighting the potential of ANU engineers to create lasting and positive social change.

These organisations support a number of student opportunities to be engaged in their work through research projects, internships and study-tours. This can include working remotely on projects identified by these organisations or taking part in structured study-tours such as the EWB Humanitarian Design Summits and ED Enabled Futures.

Such opportunities can be incorporated into courses such as ENGN4200, ENGN2706, ENGN4712, ENGN4221, ENGN3100/3200 or the 3rd/4th year Engineering for a Humanitarian Context special topic.

Depending on availability short-term scholarship from the Federal Government New Colombo Plan (NCP) may be used as well O/S HELP. Opportunities typically arise every 6-months, in March and August for EWB and ED study tours and April and September for research projects and internships.

For future information or express your interest in opportunities contact Jeremy Smith.

Read about the first cohort of Hummanitarian Engineers.

Read about Sarah's trip to Cambodia


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