Ethics, Professionalism, and Humanitarianism
- Humanitarian Engineering Center:
For an overview of activities in the OSU Humanitarian Engineering Center (Passino, Director), click here.
- Humanitarian Engineering Book:
Kevin M. Passino, Humanitarian Engineering: Creating Technologies That Help People, Edition 1, Bede Pub., Columbus, OH, 2014. Click here.
Edition 2 draft available here.
- Courses, Short Courses, and Instruction:
- ECE 3080 Ethics in Electrical and Computer Engineering which covers: (i) Professionalism, social justice, and ethical decision making, (ii) engineering as social experimentation, (iii) safety and risk, (iv) case studies in design (saftey) and workplace professionalism/organizational issues, (v) global issues (e.g., environment/sustainability, appropriate technology, weapons development), and (vi) foundations for engineering volunteerism. Taught this at OSU annually since Fall 1991. Annual enrollment varies, but it has not been below 150, and in Autumn 2004 it was >200, it was >190 Autumn 2005, it was 260 in Autumn 2012, 230 in Autumn
2013, 175 in Autumn 2014,...
- Technical resource/help for College of Engineering service learning course to prepare students for the service trip to Montana de Luz in Honduras (run by J. Merrill and E. Galloway, Winter 2006, 2007).
- "Early participant" in the IEEE/United Nations Humanitarian Technology Challenge (HTC) (my challenge problem: Reliable Electricity), 2009. Named leader of the education component of this program, named "weHTC" ("world-wide education" for the HTC,). Developed design course (below) and public wiki for it. Later, after UN funding was lost, this morphed into two activities: (1) IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, and (2) ASME/EWB/IEEE Engineering for Change.
- "Humanitarian Technology Challenge" capstone design courses, Dept. Electrical and Computer Engineering, OSU, offered Spring 2010, 2011.
- K.M. Passino, Engineering Ethics, Short courses at Universidad Centroamerica and Universidad El Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador, Aug. 13 and 14, 2013.
- ECE 7080 Ethics and Professionalism, for Dept. Electrical and Computer Engineering graduate students only. Covers topics in ECE 3080 below plus professional standards for the graduate student, research integrity, publication ethics, etc.
Course first ran Autumn 2014.
- Humanitarian Engineering course in OSU College of Engineering (first offered Spring 2014, offered annually). On line videos of lectures, slides, etc. available at this web site.
- Computational Humanitarianism course in OSU Dept. Electrical and Computer Engineering, Autumn 2014 (first offering).
- “Humanitarian Engineering,” Short course, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellín, Colombia, July 16, 2014. Video(s) available here.
- “Introduction to Humanitarian Engineering,” Short course, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia, July 22, 2014. Video(s) available here.
- “Humanitarian Engineering,” Short course, Universidad de Nariño, Pasto, Colombia, July 30, 2014. Video(s) available here.
- Service Learning Courses: (1) ENGR 4692.01S-0040 OSU-Colombia Collaboration, Spring 2015; (2) ENGR 4692.01S-0060 Colaboración Guatemala, Spring 2015
- Student Organization, Engineers for Community Service:
- Founding faculty advisor for the OSU College of Engineering student organization, Engineers for Community Service (ECOS). In Autumn 2003, worked with students from my class ECE 3080 Ethics in Electrical and Computer Engineering to form this group; formed official OSU student organization early in 2004.
- Active in a range of ECOS activities, local and international projects, especially in "building bridges over the digital divide" for children at orphanages (see ECOS web site), which has so-far meant installation of computer laboratories and educating kids about computers (at Orphanages in Honduras, and two in Colombia, Medellín and Cali), and for the projects listed below that focus on involving graduate students (see below).
- Engineers for Community Service was the recipient of the 2005, 2007, and 2012 "Spirit of Ohio State" Award for its activities. It also won the OSU best web site award in 2008.
- Work Toward Goal of Integrating Scholarship and Service:
- weLab: Low-cost engineering laboratory project with international universities focusing on one aspect of university development. and travel to do short courses at foreign universities, especially Latin America (including with my graduate students to enhance their educational experience, especially for faculty-career bound PhD students). Development of laboratory experiments presents research challenges and research opportunities using experimental testbeds.
- Research/Education: Interested in undergraduate research projects on low-cost personal appropriate technologies for developing countries. I have a special interest in working to establish the underlying educational/motivational frameworks at undergraduate and graduate levels based on topics such as engineering ethics, science-technology-society, principles of social justice, and development strategies.
- Publications, Presentations, Short Courses, Editorship, and Conference Activities:
- "Teaching Professional and Ethical Aspects of Electrical Engineering to a Large Class," IEEE Trans. on Education, Vol. 41, No. 4, pp. 273-281, Nov. 1998.
- Andrews C., Passino K.M., Co-Guest Editor's Editorial, “Social Implications of Systems Concepts,” IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, Special Issue on the Social Implications of Systems Concepts, Vol. 19, No. 4, p. 9, Winter 2000/2001.
- A presentation on Engineering Volunteerism, Talk first given Feb., 2005 (given at Cornell Univ., Univ. Dayton, Western. Mich. Univ., Univ. Kentucky, Univ. Pittsburgh).
- A presentation entitled "Making the Soft Side of Engineering Harder," Dec. 14, 2006 version (given at Univ. Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Nov. 28, 2006).
- Lead organizer, for round-table discussion event on “Teaching Engineering Ethics: Strategies for Educating the Educators” (organizers, K. Passino, B. Schrag (IU), and M. Kalichman (UCSD)), Assoc. for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, Feb. 24, 2007.
- Panel Member, for Panel discussion at Mini Conference: “Underserved Areas for Resources in Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Education”, representing engineers and social responsibility, talk "Educating Socially Responsible Engineers," Assoc. for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) Annual Meeting, Cincinnati, OH, Feb. 24-25, 2007.
- General Chair, Conference on Engineers for Community Service, April 14, 2007.
- Invited speaker, National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Center for Engineering, Ethics, and Society, "Engineering, Social Justice, and Sustainable Community Development," 2008
- K.M. Passino, "Educating the Humanitarian Engineer," Journal of Science and Engineering Ethics, Vol. 15, pp. 577-600, Dec. 2009.
- K.M. Passino, Guest Editor for Special Issue on Volunteerism and Humanitarian Engineering - Part I, IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, Dec. 2009.
- Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) Conference, Moderator of a Session for mini-conference entitled “Engineering Towards a More Just and Sustainable World,” March 2010
- Program Committee, 2010 IEEE Int. Symp. on Technology and Society, Wollongong, Australia, June 7-9, 2010.
- A presentation, K.M. Passino, Educating the Humanitarian Engineer, talk at Universidad de El Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador, Aug. 14, 2013.
- “Educating the Volunteering Engineer”, IEEE SSIT Distinguished Lecture, University of Pittsburgh, March 27, 2013.
- “Educating the Volunteering Engineer”, William and Patricia Stacy Ethics Lecture, Dept. Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Kentucky, April 9, 2013.
- “Educating the Humanitarian Engineer”, presentation, Universidad de El Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador, Aug. 14, 2013.
- “Engineering Solutions to Problems of the Homeless,” presentation, Women in Engineering Living/Learning Community, The Ohio State University, Sept. 15, 2014.
- “Humanitarian Engineering and Innovation,” Battelle Center for Science, Technology and Policy, Glenn School of Public Policy, The Ohio State University, Sept. 25, 2014.
- Panel member and speaker, Diaspora Tour, International Diaspora Engagement Alliance, US Dept. State, at The Ohio State University, Oct. 1, 2014.
- “Do I Really Want to Be a Humanitarian Engineer?” presentation, Humanitarian Engineering Scholars, The Ohio State University, Oct. 21, 2014.
- “Humanitarian Engineering Center,” presentation, Engineers Without Borders student organization, The Ohio State University, Wed. Dec. 3, 2014.
- Greg Bixler, Joseph Campbell, Roger Dzwonczyk, Howard Greene, John Merrill, and Kevin M. Passno, “Humanitarian Engineering at The Ohio State University: Lessons Learned in Enriching Education While Helping People,” Int. Journal of Service-Learning in Engineering: Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship, pp. 78-96, Fall 2014.
- Funding/Development Activities:
- Battelle Endowment for Technology and Human Affairs (BETHA), "Engineers for Community Service: Model Programs for the Develoment of a Profession" (K. Passino, PI, co-PIs are H. Walker, J. Merrill, and B. Lilly), 2005-2007. We seek to educate future engineering leaders to become more sensitive to social needs, and to illuminate the path toward life-long professionalism via ethical technological leadership. Model community service programs for engineering education are being established. Each model program provides concrete examples of societal impacts, demands for appropriate technology and sustainable development, cultural interchange, and globalization challenges. Nation-wide impact will be achieved via publication of the model service programs and proceedings of a proposed conference. Many activities under this program are done with the student group Engineers for Community Service (ECOS).
- Co-Principal Investigator (PI, H. Walker, co-PI, J. Merrill), US Environmental Protection Agency (P3 Award: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People Prosperity and the Planet), "Development of a Sustainable and Appropriate Drinking Water System for Montana de Luz and Nueva Esperanza, Honduras", July 1, 2006-June 30, 2007
- Co-Principal Investigator (Mark Walter, ME, PI, L. Tilder, G. McKenzie, J. Box, S. Korpela, H. Walker also co-PIs), National Renewable Energy Lab, US Dept. of Energy, "Health and Harmony: Solar Decathlon Competition", Feb. 1, 2008-Jan. 31, 2009
- Battelle Engineering, Technology, and Human Affairs Endowment (BETHA), "Engineering, Technology, Human Affairs, and Social Justice: From Columbus to Colombia", (K. Passino, PI, co-PIs, Betty Lise Anderson, John Clapp, Leslie Moore, Melissa Wilson), 2014-2016.
- OSU Outreach and Engagement, Engagement Impact Grant, “Creation of the Central Ohio Community Technology Clinic”, (K. Passino, PI, co-PI, John Clapp), 2014-2016
- IEEE Foundation, “Globalizing Humanitarian Engineering Education,” 2015-2016.
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