Humanitarian Engineering E-Seminars
“Engineering” can be defined as “the use of science and mathematics to invent, create, design, develop, or improve technologies.”
“Technology” is often thought of simply as a “tool” that extends human capability (e.g. from hammers to the internet).
“Humanitarian” has been defined as “concerned with or seeking to promote human welfare” (Apple dictionary), which is quite a bit broader than typical interpretations of this word (e.g., it does not just apply to disasters or international work, but local/domestic work).
Humanitarian engineering is the creation of technology to promote human welfare
This is part of OSU Humanitarian Engineering program
OSU HE e-Seminars web site was initiated: 11/1/13
Some of the content at this site is based on the Scholarship in Engineering for Social Justice: A Practitioner's Forum that was collaboratively edited with Thomas Colledge at Penn State.
Issues treated in e-Seminars cover all activities by OSU Humanitarian Engineering
Engineering-based student organizations and programs:
- Service project presentations (final reporting and recruitment)
- Organization coordination
- Service project presentations (final reporting and recruitment)
- Service project coordination (between sites/groups)
- Service project support
- Humanitarian Engineering Minor
- Graduate-level education
External speakers (remote or recorded visitor seminars):
- Topic of broad interest
- Top experts from a range of areas
Registration (one time only):
- Register to receive email notifications of the e-Seminars via the OSU HE listserve.
- If you are not already a subscriber to that listserve, you need to register by going to that site. If you are already a subscriber, there is no need to register.
Notification of e-Seminar:
- Announcements of e-Seminar dates/times/topics/presenters will be made via email to the OSU HE listserve.
- You will be invited via listserve email to visit this web site where on the front page ("splash page") there will be a URL (web address) for your browser to point to to join the e-Seminar (you only need a browser to join). Login as a guest and add your first and last name, please, so that everyone will know you have joined.
- Ensure that your browser has Adobe Flash (free and it is virtually always included with standard modern browsers).
Preparing for an e-Seminar:
- If you are to speak, get and use a microphone/headphones so audio feedback is avoided (that affects everyone if your audio is turned on to the whole group) and you can be clearly heard. You do not need to worry about these issues if you only plan to listen.
- Make sure that your microphone, audio, and webcam are all working before joining (test them).
- To ensure all are working, someone will be available 15 minutes prior to the start of the presentation for you to test your microphone, audio and webcam.
Best practices when participating in an e-Seminar:
- Adobe Connect is the software used for the webinar ("CarmenConnect"). If only audio-listening is used, there are no limitations on the number of people that can be involved. If audio-speaking is used, the probability of having one member with an audio-feedback problem that the whole group hears goes up as more members join (but the problem is largely eliminated by the use of microphone/headphones). The limitations on how many simultaneous videos/webcams can be shown depends on bandwidth constraints and hence your location and time of day, but is typically 3-4 (though I have had up to 6 simultaneous videos working just fine).
- Look at the top of your screen to find out how to turn on your microphone/audio and webcam.
- There are three levels of involvement during a presentation (think of this like a talk given at a university seminar):
- The "host" manages the whole group (think of that person as the moderator).
- "Presenters" can normally be seen and heard by everyone (but the host can modify that).
- “Participants" are normally not viewed by everyone and normally cannot be heard by everyone. Both of these can be over-ridden by the host (e.g., by having them "raise their hand," a software function at the top of your screen) and then turning on the participant's audio and/or video.
There is a very convenient text-based chat box in the lower right hand corner that, unless set otherwise, broadcasts to everyone including the presenter and host. To aggregate opinions, the host can initiate a poll to the whole group in real-time (e.g., to give the group a sense of the average view on a topic or to help come to an agreement on topics to be covered in future sessions).
Keep in mind that all sessions will be recorded and posted for later, and all documents and suggested links will also be posted.
|Date/Time||Session Topic(s)/Moderators/Presenters||Resources and Session Video|
|Nov. 6, 2013, 8:30am||Humanitarian Engineering e-Seminars: Introduction, Prof Kevin Passino, firstname.lastname@example.org||Introduction to seminar series|
|Jan. 15, 2014, 10:00am||Ohio State-Ethiopia One Health Partnership: Overview of Activities and Opportunities for Partnership, Dr. Wondwossen Gebreyes (Panel discussion after talk, with Dr. Wondsossen Gebreyes, Dr. Michael Bisesi, and Dr. Deselegne Degefaw), Wondwossen.Gebreyes@cvm.osu.edu||Talk abstract and biographies, slides for talk, seminar video in three parts: one, two, and three|
|April 25, 2014, 10:00am||Design for Lasting Impact at Scale, Eric Reynolds, MIT D-Lab, email@example.com||Talk abstract and biography, slides for talk, seminar video|
|Nov. 12, 2014, 3:30pm||Creating a New Hand Pump Solution in Africa, Dr. Greg Bixler, OSU EEIC, Design Outreach, firstname.lastname@example.org||Talk abstract and biography, slides for talk, seminar video, movie 1, and movie 2.|
|April 23, 2015, 1pm||
Take an Hour, Change your Life: Learn How You Can Live, Learn, and Work Overseas with the Peace Corps, Danny Livengood, US Peace Corps, email@example.com
|Talk abstract and biography, slides for talk, seminar video|
|Nov. 6, 2015, 3:00pm||Institutional Maintenance: The Case of Handpump Technology Projects in Rural Malawi, Dr. Beatrice Chisenga, Design Outreach, firstname.lastname@example.org||Talk abstract and biography, seminar video|
|April 6, 2016, 10:00am||Scale vs. Sustainability: Evolving Business Models for Technology Based Solutions in Emerging Markets, Vineeth Vijayaraghavan, Solarillion Foundation, India, email@example.com||Talk abstract and biography; audio of talk|
|June 30, 2016, 11:00am||
A View from Down Under - The Emergence of Humanitarian Engineering Education in Australia, Jeremy Smith, Australian National University, firstname.lastname@example.org
|Talk abstract and biography, seminar slides, seminar video|
Sessions - From the Social Justice Virtual Community of Practice
|Date||Session Topic(s)/Moderators/Presenters||Resources and Session Video|
|Oct. 10, 2013||Introduction, Kevin Passino||Recording. Modified Nov. 6, 2013|
|May 30, 2014||Dean's Panel on Scholarship in Engineering Service Learning and Humanitarian Engineering, Dean Amr Elnashai (Penn State Univ), Dean Leah Jamieson (Purdue Univ), Dean Stephen Silliman (Gonzaga Univ)||Recording and supplementary material: Slides|
|Nov. 12, 2014, 3:30pm||Creating a New Hand Pump Solution in Africa, Greg Bixler, Ohio State University EEIC, Design Outreach||Recording and supplementary material: Talk abstract and biography, slides for talk, movie 1, and movie 2|
|May 20, 2015, 12:00pm||Engineering Justice: Transforming Engineering Education and Practice, Jon Leydens and Juan Lucena, Colorado School of Mines||Recording and supplementary material: Slides
- Similar to a traditional seminar, a presenter presents an electonic presentation (e.g., power point) on a topic of broad interest.
- The “Host” moderates (e.g., keeps presenter to time constraints and calls on participants with questions).
- The session is opened up for questions after the talk (host picks who is to allowed to ask a question, tries to keep subsequent discussion from wandering off-track).
- Limit talk to 45min, question/answer to 15 min. This case is much like a traditional seminar format.
- The session is recorded and posted with suggested documents and links as shown below.