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  3. Electricity supply is often the focus of humanitarian engineering projects. This paper, originally published in the aesieap Goldbook of 2000, makes the point that such projects, while certainly dependent on appropriate technology, are also amenable to the same venture development disciplines as are applied to any infrastructure project. Goldbook.pdf
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    Webinar - Delivering Humanitarian Engineering in a COVID-19 World Speakers - Eleanor Loudon (Engineers Without Borders) and Kirsten Sayers (RedR Australia) Synopsis Delivering humanitarian undertakings is challenging at the best of times. The turbulent, often chaotic context arising from a global pandemic makes the challenge even greater. The strength of fundamental principles is tested, lessons are learnt and strategic priorities clarified. Our speakers address these issue from the perspective of their particular organisations. Takeaways. Key Takeaways • Understanding the complexity of operating context is critical. • Adapting to turbulence is a necessary capability for practitioners and organisations. • Developing competencies of practitioners to handle these challenges is important. • Sharing knowledge and experience will be beneficial for the development of the Humanitarian Engineering discipline. About the speakers Eleanor Loudon - As the CEO of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Australia, Eleanor leads a team of more than 30 staff and hundreds of volunteers to implement a strategy that is aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals. Her leadership enables engineering program teams in Australia, Cambodia, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu to deliver technology, designed with communities to support their plans for better health, livelihoods and shelter. EWB also supports the education, training and mobilisation of values-driven engineers to deliver technology that benefits all, so that one day EWB is no longer needed. Her vision is that all engineers will be designing for community and sustainability first, and that the profession is leading on Australia’s commitment to the SDGs, Paris Targets and to our First Nations people. Kirsten Sayers - Former lawyer and diplomat, Kirsten Sayers, is CEO of international humanitarian response agency, RedR Australia. RedR Australia is the only United Nations Standby Partner in the Southern Hemisphere and Asia Pacific and is the sole delivery partner of the Australia Government’s civilian humanitarian deployment program, Australia Assists. Kirsten has previously held senior diplomatic and commercial appointments in Paris, Bangkok and Taipei. She was Australia’s Chief Negotiator and Delegation Leader to the Asia Pacific Economic Corporation (APEC) Women Leaders’ Network meeting and APEC Gender Focal Point Network in 2009, and managed Australia’s delegation to the APEC CEO Summit the same year.
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    Register here. Assessment of Socio-Technical and Co-Design Expertise in Humanitarian Engineering 2019 Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE) Award for Engineering Education Research Design Dr Andrea Mazzurco and Dr Scott Daniel Humanitarian Engineering (HE) is emerging in universities and professional workplaces worldwide. HE projects exist at the intersection of engineering and sustainable community development, and therefore socio-technical and co-design expertise are fundamental. However, such skills and mindsets are difficult to teach, learn, and assess. There is a need to develop effective teaching and assessment strategies, dependent upon clearly operationalised definitions of both socio-technical and co-design expertise. In this workshop, the Energy Conversion Playground (ECP), a scenario-based assessment developed to assess socio-technical thinking and co-design expertise in the context of humanitarian engineering, will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to work with the assessment and discuss how to develop their own scenario-based assessments for other constructs. Code of Conduct: All AAEE events are currently covered by the Engineers Australia General Regulations and Code of Ethics. For a contextual example of what is expected in the context of an AAEE event, please see the AAEE 2020 Conference code of conduct published on the conference website (bottom of page). Register here.
  10. Download the attachment to see our latest news. from HECoP! JULY 2020 UPDATE.pdf
  11. The university focused Humanitarian Engineering Network of Australia (HENA) has organised a 1/2 day online Zoom workshop around Humanitarian Engineering, particularly as it relates to university education and research, but welcome to anyone interested in the area. On Wednesday July 15, 10am - 2pm. Registration and details via https://anu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYoc-2oqT0vEtWt5QAuta81Ffe0izA0TXYd On the eve of the 10th anniversary of Engineers Australia's 2011 "Year of Humanitarian Engineering", this workshop will look at the current status of education, training and research across organisations and discuss opportunities and challenges for the field, its education and practice.
  12. Systems Engineering, Risk Engineering and Engineering Education in the same group, and taken them a lot longer to get to that so I think we're certainly doing well.
  13. Hi Nick, Your questions sound insightful and I agree with Jeremy and Rob's suggestions. This process will add a human face to humanitarian engineering. Regards, Gavin
  14. Hi team, ABS emailed today, Humanitarian Engineering will be a 6 digit FOR code, 401004 Humanitarian engineering which is exciting and a bit disappointing.
  15. Thank you Rob, I agree completely. We absolutely need to centre the community in the work of the program in order to have sustained positive impact. The SIGHT program does require a group to include a local community engagement plan as part of its proposed activities - but writing the proposal is very different to actually building a genuine partnership with the community. One of the important outcomes of yesterday's meeting was that SIGHT members in Australia should continue to meet as one single group, which will make it easier for us to improve our proposals and projects through engagement with the HumEng Community of Practice. We can do this through education and training using the BOK, and also by insisting on a high standard of background research and community engagement when we ("SIGHT Australia") approves a group proposal.
  16. I participated in this well-conducted and well-attended event, but, unfortunately, had to leave before it concluded. Some (constructive) observations, however, based on the discussion in which I was involved. I understand, I think, that SIGHT groups are intended to "leverage technology for sustainable development". My first observation is that "technology" encompasses far more than "EE" (as in IEEE) technology, and, for many communities, may not be their highest priority for sustainable development. I presume "leverage" means to ensure the maximum positive impact for the resources and effort applied. I think the lessons of past development work of any kind is that the keys to sustainability and maximum effect are the building of a relationship with the communities concerned, recognising their sovereignty, and understanding their context and priorities. Sustainable outcomes involving any "technology" are dependent on the leadership and management of projects built on these fundamentals. So, SIGHT's aims are entirely admirable, but the temptation to find a problem which suits the "technology" needs to be avoided, in favour of finding and partnering with communities and developing/applying technologies to suit their needs and priorities. From this perspective, SIGHT members will benefit from membership of this Community of Practice, and access to its growing BOK, discussion forums, and network of practitioners.
  17. AAEE regularly publishes material relevant to HumEng. The association newsletters are available at https://aaee.net.au/newsletter/ . We will endeavour to highlight particularly relevant material as and when it becomes available.
  18. While not focused on covid-19, one of the attached papers (available from ASEE PEER) looks at the high-level (goal level) linkages and tries to prioritise them. I do find that tries to "linearise" them whereas potentially a holistic systems approach is more appropriate given the relationships. The second paper extends the "systemigram" (an influence diagram of sorts) to develop a CLD (causal loop diagram) to explore the feedback loops involved, which helps to look at potential intervention points to have the most impact but utilising the feedback loops present. Would agree that thinking in terms of system dynamics and feedback loops is an important part of humanitarian engineering practice, although like any tool needs appropriate training and practice. SESA (Systems Engineering Society of Australia) are starting to look at this from a slightly different starting point, but perhaps there is a good opportunity for a joint discussion in the first place on that. a-methodology-to-model-the-integrated-nature-of-the-sustainable-development-goals-importance-for-engineering-education.pdf SDG Systems Zhang et al 2016.pdf
  19. Hi Nick. Sorry to have been so long responding to this. As you will doubtless have gathered from my BOK and Forum posts, I do have strong views about practitioner competencies applicable to humanitarian work (as we have defined it for the purposes of the Community of Practice). Essentially, while judgments about the appropriateness and nature of technology are important, that aspect of engineering involvement is, in my opinion, less challenging (and less critical for success) than the requirement for insightful leadership. This capacity can, of course, be development "on deployment", but is unlikely to be fully appreciated without suitable pre-deployment preparation. The obvious difference for an engineer in a "traditional" context is the constrained timeframe in which projects and programs take place, vs ongoing employment with its more open-ended engagement. So, practitioners need, as a minimum, to understand context (see my BOK and Forum posts), the intricacies of communication (networks, styles, content, frequency), decision making (quality, ethics, consistency), and motivation (a rationale for following). The nature of engagement with local community participants, and the extent of their ownership of the undertaking must also be understood. I would suggest that the better practitioners are informed regarding these issues, the more effectively their competencies will develop. Looking forward to comments from others as we develop a competency framework. Rob
  20. Very much agree with Jeremy's comment. I think the diversity of backgrounds of engineers working in the humanitarian space will demonstrate the breadth of the capability of engineers to contribute in this field - from peak leadership of development generally to the application of appropriate technology.
  21. Thanks Nick, looks good, may be one other around how you got into HumEng, always some interesting and personal stories, and could highlight some pathways for others interested in the area.
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  23. Hi community, I am curating a section for the communities upcoming newsletter on our membership, who we are as individuals and what we do; essentially, getting to know the community section. I want to pose some good questions to community members that will allow them to share who they are. Let me know what you think about the following questions, make a comment about any additional questions you think should be asked. What humanitarian engineering projects are you currently working on? What has been your proudest moment as a humanitarian engineer or humanitarian engineering fan? Why is humanitarian engineering important? What is your top tip for engineers and engineering fans who want to apply their skills in humanitarian contexts? What should people get in touch with you about?
  24. Hi All -- an invitation for a webinar on IEEE SIGHT opportunities in Australia, as Australia does not have an IEEE SIGHT Chapter: Do you want to use your technical skills to have a positive impact on our local community? Come to our IEEE SIGHT workshop to get started! The IEEE Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT) is a network of IEEE volunteers around the globe that partner with underserved communities and local organizations to leverage technology for sustainable development. In this interactive workshop you'll hear about the SIGHT program from the steering committee chair, identify what opportunities for impact we have here in Australia, and meet other people with the same interests. Come with your ideas on what we can work on, and who we can work with! Workshop Date and Time Date: 26 Jun 2020 Time: 09:00 AM to 11:00 AM Presenters and Event Details: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/232691 Please Register for this workshop by clicking on this link - https://events.vtools.ieee.org/event/register/232691 This event will be hosted on Zoom (Please register first): https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/j/98285368813 For more information on SIGHT, visit http://sight.ieee.org
  25. The accompanying discussion paper is prompted by the observable developments which have transpired during the COVID19 crisis. It seeks to highlight the interconnected nature of social systems, and to suggest how humanitarian practice and education should include systemic comprehension as a valuable aspect of humanitarian context. All comments, constructive criticisms, etc welcomed. COVIDlessons200529.docx Appendix A in XL format .xlsx
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