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Humanitarian Engineering

Several faculty members within the University of Kentucky College of Engineering and throughout UK involve themselves in humanitarian engineering. Professors have taken teams to develop infrastructure in Haiti, Cameroon, Malawi, Belize, Ecuador and elsewhere in addition to serving under-resourced communities in Kentucky. 

The Humanitarian Engineering Group is qualified to provide technical support to government and nongovernment organizations (NGOs) to help develop agricultural and infrastructure resources. Its experience and capabilities can be employed to address a broad spectrum of needs, including management and conservation of water resources, mitigation of the effects of natural hazards such as earthquakes and floods, infrastructure development, construction management, implementation of efficient agricultural practices and harnessing of renewable energy. Members of the Humanitarian Engineering Group work at the national, state, local and community levels. 

Faculty include:

  • Michael E. Kalinski, Department of Civil Engineering
  • Nikiforos Stamatiadis, Department of Civil Engineering
  • Reg Souleyrette, Department of Civil Engineering
  • Isabel C. Escobar, Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering
  • Alan Fryar, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences