Engineering in context

Our mission is to cultivate science and engineering-based solutions that provide access to basic human needs, enhance lifequality, and advance the level of community resilience in the local and global community. 

The Humanitatian Engineering program at Oregon State University focuses on: education, service learning models, academic research and local/global research. To hear from our students, check out our blog. Follow our facebook page for the most current information about the program and related opportunities! 

Our program's impact

  • 850 student-days of research, coursework or project work in developing countries

  • 58+ students supported in international travel

  • 28 graduate fellowships awarded to students from 14+ different faculty advisors (sponsoring travel to 15 different countries)

  • 14 student participants in international conferences

  • 2,200+ students reached through presentations about humanitarian engineering

  • 1,200+ people reached through presentations for public, alumni

  • 12 international-themed graduate research topics studied

  • 3 Peace Corps Master’s International Students mentored

  • 16 international senior capstone project teams mentored

  • 9 faculty teaching/co-teaching a humanitarian engineering, science and technology (HEST) course

  • 8 HEST courses (201, 310, 320, 411/511, 412/512, 241/541, 242/542, 444/544)

  • Engineers Without Borders projects mentored as faculty co-adviser

  • interdisciplinary/dual graduate degrees awarded

  • 12+ international partner NGOs

  • 3 international social enterprise partners

  • 25+ funded international visiting exchange scholars at OSU (graduate students)

  • ~70% women and underrepresented engineering students in HEST courses, projects, and fellowship programs


Undergraduate Program

Our undergraduate minor program in humanitarian engineering is open for enrollment! For more information, or to enroll, contact the College of Engineering's Office of Student Services, 114 Johnson Hall, 541-737-5236 or email


Pederson Communication Collaboratory Graduate Program

Graduate students from disciplines across campus can participate in the humanitarian engineering program by pursuing research with affiliated faculty, enrolling in HEST courses, and taking advantage of dedicated fellowship (Evans fellowship) and co-curricular opportunities such as seminar speakers or workshops.