Engineers in Technical, Humanitarian Opportunities of Service-Learning (ETHOS)
About the Program
ETHOS is founded on the belief that engineers are more apt and capable to appropriately serve our world when they have experienced opportunities that increase their understanding of technology’s global linkage with values, culture, society, politics, and economy.
ETHOS seeks to provide experiential learning through service-learning internships, student organization activities, collaborative research and hands-on classroom projects that support appropriate technologies for the developing world, locally and globally. Such experiences expose students to alternative, non-traditional technologies that are based on fundamental science and engineering principles, but have tangible and immediate impacts on improving the lives of those who use them. ETHOS maintains, as its educational objective, to challenge students to think creatively and independently, to work as a team and communicate effectively, and address issues of appropriate technology, environmental ethics, social responsibility, and cultural sensitivity. Such exposure, both inside and outside the classroom, allows students to recognize the far-reaching effects, positive and negative, of engineering and technology and thus the responsibilities of being an engineer in our ever-increasing global society.
Students are required to be registered a technical elective, project, thesis or dissertation credit course directly coupled with their graduate immersion.
Students may be placed at an internship site in the Americas, Africa, or Asia as part of a small group. Students are directly supervised by their in-country host organization.
An experiential, case-based course in appropriate technology and engineering design. Case studies focus on international standards and specifications for appropriate technologies, global protocols for needs assessment and engineering impact evaluation, and social science research methods for well-being assessment. The course also includes an intensive ETHOS service-learning immersion experience focused on technical or engineering design work in a developing country.
Special topics, thesis and dissertation credit courses are offered in all graduate programs within the School of Engineering.
Dr. Malcolm Daniels, Director, The ETHOS Center
Participants must be enrolled in a graduate program of the School of Engineering prior to their technical immersion.
Cost and Refund Policy
Students are responsible for $1,200 of the program costs. Students are eligible for a refund of monies until airline tickets are purchased for participants, which usually occurs 2 months prior to departure. See budget sheet for specific information.