History of OSU Humanitarian Engineering
Model Buckeye Humanitarian Engineers
Graduate of OSU Dept. Electrical Engineering (BS/MS), among other things, supporting work on education and hunger in the US, India, and Africa.
Graduate of OSU Dept. Electrical Engineering (BS) and Biomedical Engineering (MS). Click here to hear Joe talk about his work to fight child trafficking in Thailand by working with ZOE International. Joe wants some Buckeye engineering help; see the video to hear about both his work and technology needs (e.g., solar power for the site for rescued children).
Related: OSU on-line course, Human Trafficking.
Graduate of OSU Mechanical Engineering Dept. with BS, a past ECOS President 2009, is now with MIT D-Lab. For more information, click here. Also see photos of him in his earlier days (e.g., under the "Students" tab).
- We are in the process of interviewing other model Buckeyes and when we are done we will post those too.
- I am sure there are more OSU Alumni humanitarian engineers who serve as role models that we do not know about (of course, below, some model humanitarian engineers are listed).
- If you are a past OSU engineering graduate who is doing (or has done) humanitarian engineering, please email us.
|2005||Engineers for Community Service (ECOS), Spirit of Ohio State Award|
|2007||Engineers for Community Service (ECOS), Spirit of Ohio State Award|
|2008||Engineers for Community Service (ECOS), Student Organization Award for Excellence in Community Service Programming (OSU Service-Learning Initiative, Office of Outreach and Engagement, Office of Undergraduate Education, the Office of Student Life, John Glenn School of Public Affairs)|
|2008||Boyer Award for Excellence in Teaching Innovations, The Ohio State University, College of Engineering, 2008, “for significant contributions made to student-centered learning, teamwork and the use of real-world problems in educating engineering students”, related to local and international work associated with the OSU student organization Engineers for Community Service. Award to Roger Dzwonczyk, Erin Galloway, John Merrill, Kevin Passino, Harold Walker. Click here for more information.|
|2008||Engineers for Community Service (ECOS), OSU best web site award|
|2012||Roger Dzwonczyk, Staff Award for Excellence in Community Service (OSU Service-Learning Initiative, Office of Outreach and Engagement, Office of Undergraduate Education, the Office of Student Life, John Glenn School of Public Affairs)|
|2012||Engineers for Community Service (ECOS), Spirit of Ohio State Award|
|2013||SEO, Spirit of Ohio State Award, and click here (including Eric Moyer, student president (pictured on far right), leadership award).|
|2013||Jesus J. Lara, Emerging Community Engagement Award|
|2015||Engineers for Community Service (ECOS), College of Engineering Student Organization Recognition and Awards event: (i) Best community service, and (ii) honorable mention for Spirit of Engineering award.|
|2015||Engineers for Community Service (ECOS), "Student Group Award for Excellence in Community Service," from the Office of Student Life, Office of Outreach and Engagement, the Service-Learning Initiative in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Education, and the Office of International Affairs|
People and Programs
Herman Weed started working with Project Hope in 1979. He recruited Roger Dzwonczyk, who was his graduate student at the time, in 1986 (Elect. Eng., Biomedical Eng.).
Some think that Prof. Carlin Weimer from Elect. Eng. was also involved.
|Don Kasten (Elect. Eng.), several Honduras projects over a number of years (e.g. electricity generation driven by a river).|
|Dave Dickinson (Welding Eng.), it is believed that he worked with Don Kastan in Honduras. Also, he suggested the idea to ECOS of the "Phone-a-Buckeye" math/science tutoring program in about 2009.|
|Dennis Guenther (Mechanical Eng.), engineering design projects for humanitarianism.|
|1997 - present||
Kevin Passino, engineering short courses at sites in developing world, low-cost engineering laboratory project (started 2002).
|2003||Engineers for Community Service (ECOS), grew out of a group discussion in Passino's Engineering Ethics class in ECE, formation began Autumn 2003 and was complete in early Winter 2004 (David Bradway, first ECOS student President). The first international ECOS project was to install a computer laboratory at Casa de Maria y El Niño orphanage in Medellín, Colombia, in July 2004 (Passino, Finke, Quijano; for more information, click here or here). Passino and Merrill traveled to assess the Montaña de Luz site in Summer 2004, and the first ECOS MdL project was Spring Break 2005. For some history on the MdL project, click here.|
|2005 -2014||Montaña de Luz project, John Merrill, Roger Dzwonczyk for a number of years, and many others (e.g., Passino, Walker, Herrera, Galloway, Greene, and many undergraduate and graduate students). Merrill started a service-learning course in the College to support the trip. Bob Gustafson supported introduction of service-learning courses of Merrill and later of Dzwonczyk, along with the later design sequence of Greene.|
|2009||Engineers Without Borders (EWB), OSU Chapter formed.|
|2010 - present||Choluteca, Honduras project, Roger Dzwonczyk, project assessment 2010, project trips started 2011; started service-learning course in College to support the trip.|
|2010||Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW), OSU Chapter formed.|
|2010||Solar Education and Outreach (SEO) formed.|
|2010 - 2011||
"Humanitarian Technology Challenge (HTC)," capstone design classes, Dept. ECE, Kevin Passino. Support for this, and UN/IEEE/Vodaphone HTC efforts by Passino came from Dean Gregory Washington, who also later hired Howard Greene. Washington is now Dean of Engineering at Univ. California, Irvine.
Next, John Merrill ran a Humanitarian Engineering seminar in Autumn 2011.
|2012 - present||Choluteca, Honduras project, assessment trip 2012, first project trip 2013 to Siete de Mayo, Howard Greene; started design sequence in College to support the trip.|
|2012||Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW), OSU Chapter formed.|
|2012||Humanitarian Engineering Scholars Program, formed Autumn 2012 by Bob Gustafson and David Tomasko, managed now by Rachel Tuttle.|
|2013||Humanitarian Engineering, course proposed by Kevin Passino, first offered Spring 2014, still running annually.|
"Humanitarian Engineering Minor" proposal led by Bob Gustafson, Director, EEIC (committee: Gustafson, Passino, Hempson, McCaul, Tuttle), First active, Aug. 2014
|2014||Humanitarian Engineering Center formed in June 2014, founding/first Director, Kevin Passino (served as Director till May 2018)|
|2014||New course introduced by Kevin Passino: Computational Humanitarianism|
|2016||New course introduced by Greg Bixler: Appropriate Technology for Developing Countries|
|2017||New course introduced by Kevin Passino: Anti-Poverty Technology, 1cr, offered as freshman seminar course|