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Humanitarian Engineering Initiative at the American University of Beirut

Research profile

The Humanitarian Engineering Initiative at the American University of Beirut is a partnership between the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) and the M​aroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture (MSFEA). It was founded in 2017 in response to the humanitarian and public health challenges constantly emerging glo​bally, regionally and locally, affecting vulnerable and underprivileged population groups. HEI focuses on designing innovative and multidisciplinary solutions for the betterment of human health and well-being.In a rapidly changing context fraught with conflict and a rise in the burden of disease, there is an ever-growing need for innovative, multidisciplinary solutions to emerging public health problems in the Arab region. The broad objective of the Humanitarian Engineering Initiative is to combine disciplinary methods to address global challenges, which is particularly important given rapid transitions in health in the region, and the urgency of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Objectives: - ​​​​Build the capacity of engineering students in designing solutions for social wellbeing, and of public health students in engineering design and methodologies; - Initiate collaborative research and/or service projects and applying for funding opportunities; - Establish international partnerships and collaborations; - Offer joint diplomas and/or certificates; - Organize national, regional and international forums or conference on current topics; - Generate joint intellectual property for AUB through patents or licenses​​​. Website Link:

Specialisation and expertise

Public Health, Engineering Field, Humanitarian Engineering Field, Educational Field and Teaching

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Member type
Higher education
Private non-profit
Type of research activities
Applied research, Basic research, Experimental development
Fields of research
Engineering and technology, Medical and health sciences
Arabic, English


Email address
Postal address
Bliss Street, Hamra, Lebanon
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