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Innovative use of Information and Communication Technology supports effective and efficient humanitarian action. This paper presents a research based assignment for electrical engineering students taking an electivecourse on “communications systems”. Students were assigned to research on recent and novel application of communication technology in humanitarian action. Along with summarizing their research, they were assigned to prepare a report describing the engineering system and its suitability for use in disaster or developmental situations. Student survey at the end of the course revealed that this research project enabled them to understand the system design aspects along with how innovative use of telecommunication technology infrastructure was able to contribute to the improvement of quality of life and provide improved access for humanitarian action. The survey also indicated that they became more aware of the use of technologyfor public goodand that it promoted a sense of volunteerism.


© 2016 American Society for Engineering Education. ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Conference Proceedings, 2016, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY.

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Fall 2016 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Conference

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Balaji, U. (2016). A Research Based Assignment in a Course on Communication System to Infuse Technology Applications in Humanitarian Action. Fall 2016 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Conference, Oct 2016, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY.