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Humanitarian engineering [electronic resource] /
Carl Mitcham and David Muñoz.
San Rafael, Calif. (1537 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 USA) : Morgan & Claypool, c2010.
1 electronic text (xii, 73 p. : ill.) : digital file.
9781608451517 (pbk.), 9781608451524 (electronic bk.)
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San Rafael, Calif. (1537 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 USA) : Morgan & Claypool, c2010.
9781608451517 (pbk.)
9781608451524 (electronic bk.)
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1. Engineering -- What engineers do -- From military to civilian engineering -- Use and convenience, extended and criticized --
2. Humanitarianism -- Humanitarianism versus humanism and human rights -- Humanitarian universalism -- Anticipations of the humanitarian movement -- Phase one (1800s): rise of the humanitarian movement proper -- Phase two (early 1900s): humanitarianism beyond the battlefield -- Phase three (1950s-1960s): humanitarianism as free world ideology -- Phase four (1970s-1990s): alternative humanitarianisms -- Phase five (2000s-present): humanitarianism globalized and questioned -- The humanitarian charter --
3. Humanitarian engineering -- The Fred Cuny story -- Other precursors and influences -- Maurice Albertson and the U.S. Peace Corps -- Médecins sans frontiers and Engineers without borders -- Humanitarian engineering: core features --
4. Humanitarian engineering education -- A few model programs -- The Peace Corps master's international program -- What counts as a humanitarian engineering project -- The needs question -- New dimensions in engineering and education --
5. Challenges -- Practical challenges -- Theoretical challenges --
6. Conclusion: humanizing technology -- Bibliography -- Supplemental bibliography -- Authors' biographies.
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Part of: Synthesis digital library of engineering and computer science.
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Title from PDF t.p. (viewed on July 13, 2010).
Humanitarian Engineering reviews the development of engineering as a distinct profession and of the humanitarian movement as a special socio-political practice. Having noted that the two developments were situated in the same geographical and historical space--that is, in Europe and North America beginning in the 1700s--the book argues for a mutual influence and synthesis that has previously been lacking. In this spirit, the first of two central chapters describes humanitarian engineering as the artful drawing on science to direct the resources of nature with active compassion to meet the basic needs of all -- especially the powerless, poor, or otherwise marginalized. A second central chapter then considers strategies for education in humanitarian engineering so conceived. Two final chapters consider challenges and implications.
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Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Also available in print.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 63-72).

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