Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) in Africa
Fall and spring courses, three-week May/June trip
Zambia, Mozambique, or Sierra Leone
5th semester standing at University Park in all majors
"The Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) in the College of Engineering engages students and faculty across Penn State in the rigorous research, design, field-testing, and launch of technology-based social enterprises. HESE ventures are multi-year endeavors and built on principles of Empathy, Equity and Ecosystems to create a vibrant and emerging framework for students, faculty, and diverse partners who come together to develop sustainable and scalable solutions."- Dr. Khanjan Mehta HESE Director
While HESE is not a Schreyer Honors College program, Scholars may honors-option its require and optional courses, and special SHC funding is available for the international travel component.
- Information about HESE-related courses: 451 and 455 are fall courses, while 452 and 453 are taught in the spring, and 454 is the fieldwork experience. A HESE certificate is available with additional coursework.
- General summary of HESE’s basic principles and impact
- 2-minute summary and 21-minute TV program about HESE
- Facebook page
5th semester standing at University Park in all majors; interested students should consult first with Dr. Khanjan Mehta or attend a HESE information session.
- Airfare: $1200 to $1500
- Required summer Penn State credit: $700-$1400 including fees, depending on residency and standing
- Payment to Penn State: $1000
- Typical in-country expenses: $200 ($300)
The SHC will provide $650 to Scholars in good standing towards HESE expenses.
A HESE certificate is available with additional coursework.