Students at the University of Dayton (UD), located in Dayton, Ohio (USA), have the opportunity to participate in a program called Engineers in Technical Humanitarian Opportunities of Service-learning (ETHOS). The ETHOS program was developed, as part of a spring 2001 capstone design course, by an interdisciplinary group of undergraduate engineering students who believed that engineers are more apt and capable to appropriately serve the world if they have an understanding of technology’s linkage with global values, culture, society, politics, and economics. ETHOS seeks to enhance this understanding through a variety of activities that support the advancement of appropriate technologies for the developing world. Service-learning and appropriate technology serve as the core of the ETHOS program. In service-learning, students become involved in a project that meets specific educational objectives while providing a needed service to a community or organization. Appropriate technologies offer culturally sensitive, environmentally sustainable solutions that can be made and maintained locally and empower the community. Continue reading...
Margaret F. Pinnell, Ph. D.