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Global Health

The goal of the Societal Engineer is to make a real impact on the world, and the global health initiative underway at the College of Engineering is dedicated to creating and implementing simple, robust and affordable solutions to improve healthcare and quality of life in the developing world.

Changing the World

Undergraduates are introduced to areas where engineers are making large-scale changes in resource-limited settings through creative, affordable solutions to health care problems. Delving into innovations in global health begins as early as the freshman year, with students involved in projects such as:

  • The creation of a microchip capable of diagnosing tuberculosis quickly and inexpensively
  • Developing a system to improve healthcare service delivery in Zambia by strengthening the engineering technical capacity of its medical workforce
  • Building a robust, easy-to-maintain water purification system for a remote Peruvian village.
  • Adapting a noninvasive oral cancer detection system for use in Nicaragua and other resource-limited countries