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History of OSU Humanitarian Engineering

  OSU Engineers Without Borders project, El Salvador


Model Buckeye Humanitarian Engineers

Person/Work

Photo

Tom Thomas

Graduate of OSU Dept. Electrical Engineering (BS/MS), among other things, supporting work on education and hunger in the US, India, and Africa.

Tom Thomas, a great engineer/ humanitarian Buckeye!

Joe Chongsiriwatana

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.

Joe Chongsiriwatana, OSU Alumnus humanitarian engineer fighting child trafficking in Thailand, a great Buckeye!

Eric Reynolds

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).

Eric Reynolds in action!
  • 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.

Awards

 

Date People/Group, Description Photo
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 Boyer Award, pictured, left-to-right: John Merrill, Hal Walker, Kevin Passino, Erin Galloway, Roger Dzwonczyk, Bob Gustafson
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) Roger Dzwonczyk
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). Solar Education and Outreach, Spirit of Ohio State Award, 2013
2013 Jesus J. Lara, Emerging Community Engagement Award Jesus J. Lara
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. OSU College of Engineering Student Organization Recognition and Awards event, Feb. 2015. Left to right: Kevin Passino, Mary Scherer, Chirayu Patel, Nebras Alnemer, A.J. Motika, Maggie McHugh.
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

Date People/Group, Description Photos
1979

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.).

The both worked on engineering/technical support for medical equipment for Project Hope and to learn more about OSU's Weed/Dzwonczyk involvement click here.

Some think that Prof. Carlin Weimer from Elect. Eng. was also involved.

Herman WeedRoger Dzwonczyk
  Don Kasten (Elect. Eng.), several Honduras projects over a number of years (e.g. electricity generation driven by a river). Don Kasten
  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. Dave Dickinson
  Dennis Guenther (Mechanical Eng.), engineering design projects for humanitarianism. Dennis Guenther
1997 - present

Kevin Passino, engineering short courses at sites in developing world, low-cost engineering laboratory project (started 2002).

Kevin Passino
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. John Merrill
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. Bob Gustafson
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.

Greg Washington
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. Howard Greene
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 by Rachel Tuttle. David Tomasko
Rachel Tuttle
2013 Humanitarian Engineering, course proposed by Kevin Passino, first offered Spring 2014.  
2013

"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, first Director, Kevin Passino  
2014 New course introduced by Kevin Passino: Computational Humanitarianism  
2016 New course introduced by Greg Bixler: Appropriate Technology for Developing Countries  

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