Kevin M. Passino





Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Director of the Center for Energy, Sustainability, and Environment (CESE)

Current Research:

  1. Interdisciplinary engineering-social sciences research on systems and control theory/engineering for human social systems, and complex and large scale "sociotechnological" dynamical systems that involve groups of humans using technologies.
  2. Interdisciplinary engineering-biology research on distributed decision-making systems (e.g., with a focus on honeybees): Organizer, workshop on Systems Biology of Decision Making, in the Mathematical Bioengineering Program, NSF Mathematical Biosciences Institute, Invited speaker at Santa Fe Institute (SFI) workshop on Collective Decision Making: From Neurons to Societies, (see "Building Smart Groups" by T. Seeley in the SFI Bulletin).

Current Education and Service:

  1. Book: Humanitarian Engineering: Creating Technologies That Help People
  2. Humanitarian Engineering course
  3. New Course: Computational Humanitarianism (Autumn, 2014)
  4. OSU Humanitarian Engineering
  5. Engineers for Community Service (ECOS) (faculty advisor, since 2004).
  6. weLab: Low-Cost Engineering Laboratory Project (university development program, since 2002).
  7. Community Technology Clinic
  8. Scholarship in Engineering for Social Justice: A Practitioner's Forum
  9. ECE 3080 / ECE 7080 Enginering Ethics (undergraduate course since 1991, graduate course proposed to first be offered Autumn 2014) covering professionalism, ethics, and social justice.

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