Student outcomes of short-term international humanitarian engineering fieldwork

Abdalla Ramadan Nassar, K. Holmes, K. Mehta

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Abstract

This study assesses the self-reported outcomes of engagement in a three-week-long, international humanitarian engineering fieldwork course for undergraduate and graduate students. As part of the fieldwork, multi-disciplinary teams of students designed technology-based ventures in low-resource countries, including Kenya, Tanzania, India or Nicaragua. The venture development required students to engage business partners, work closely with the local communities, and conduct formal and informal presentations. Ventures included development of a solar-powered food dryer, biogas digester, affordable greenhouses, inexpensive biomedical devices, knowledge sharing platform for self-employed women, and a networked telemedicine system. Students reflected on their experiences at the conclusion of the fieldwork course. The researchers analyzed 106 students' self-reported outcomes using a mixed-methods approach. Broad categories of outcomes identified by students included teamwork, intercultural competency, professional and personal development. In this paper, we examine the themes emerging from the self-reported outcomes with the goal of better understanding how students process their experiences and the value of such experiences to students from the course and similar community-engaged scholarship experiences. The results presented in the paper can be leveraged to strengthen fieldwork experiences and develop effective strategies for branding the value of entrepreneurship education.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFIE 2016 - Frontiers in Education 2016: The Crossroads of Engineering and Business
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Volume2016-November
ISBN (Electronic)9781509017904
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 28 2016
Event46th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2016 - Erie, United States
Duration: Oct 12 2016Oct 15 2016

Other

Other46th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2016
CountryUnited States
CityErie
Period10/12/1610/15/16

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Students
engineering
student
experience
Telemedicine
Nicaragua
Greenhouses
Biogas
teamwork
Tanzania
entrepreneurship
Kenya
community
Values
Education
graduate
India
food
resources
knowledge

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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Nassar, A. R., Holmes, K., & Mehta, K. (2016). Student outcomes of short-term international humanitarian engineering fieldwork. In FIE 2016 - Frontiers in Education 2016: The Crossroads of Engineering and Business (Vol. 2016-November). [7757494] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2016.7757494
Nassar, Abdalla Ramadan ; Holmes, K. ; Mehta, K. / Student outcomes of short-term international humanitarian engineering fieldwork. FIE 2016 - Frontiers in Education 2016: The Crossroads of Engineering and Business. Vol. 2016-November Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2016.
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Nassar, AR, Holmes, K & Mehta, K 2016, Student outcomes of short-term international humanitarian engineering fieldwork. in FIE 2016 - Frontiers in Education 2016: The Crossroads of Engineering and Business. vol. 2016-November, 7757494, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 46th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2016, Erie, United States, 10/12/16. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2016.7757494

Student outcomes of short-term international humanitarian engineering fieldwork. / Nassar, Abdalla Ramadan; Holmes, K.; Mehta, K.

FIE 2016 - Frontiers in Education 2016: The Crossroads of Engineering and Business. Vol. 2016-November Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2016. 7757494.

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Nassar AR, Holmes K, Mehta K. Student outcomes of short-term international humanitarian engineering fieldwork. In FIE 2016 - Frontiers in Education 2016: The Crossroads of Engineering and Business. Vol. 2016-November. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. 2016. 7757494 https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2016.7757494