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 Daniel Kats, a biomedical engineering major who has worked on HESE projects in Kenya, said being on diverse teams makes working on the ventures much more real.
“This is real stuff with real people. You don’t just forget about it when the semester ends,” he said. “This is a significant part of our life. We see the change we are making and it’s more satisfying than just writing a report.”
Lucy Spicer, a biomedical and mechanical engineering double-major sophomore, said the environment of equity in HESE is what helps establish its uniqueness.
“HESE is one of those programs that is so different from everything else in the College of Engineering. It has the deeply rooted technical aspects, but you get to see the business, supply chain, and other fields as well,” she said.
When explaining the humanitarian aspects of HESE, Gershenson explained that it wasn’t simply that women were more interested in impact, but perhaps that women were “ahead of the game.”
After hearing about HESE at a Women in Engineering Program, Kayli Rentzel, mechanical engineering student, said she instantly became interested in inspiring change and impacting millions.
Magdalia Campobasso, as part of the Kijenzi team in Kisumu, Kenya, works on 3D printing a medical replacement part for a nearby hospital.
“I thought it was cool that we weren’t making a hypothetical business; this is going to produce something,” she said. “Yeah, we’re students, but we are making a difference. It’s more worthwhile to work on something that will change the world.” n
 HESE director, John Gershenson, talks about project collaboration:
“HESE thrives on this idea of having multidisciplinary students because all projects ARE multidisciplinary. It’s not special to HESE. All good product and service development thrives on vastly different perspectives and vastly different backgrounds. HESE, at the heart of it, requires a piece of technology which is why it is half engineering and half other disciplines. We’re working with other colleges in order to make HESE part of their curriculum, too. All good design happens this way. ”
     Jack Iffert and his team, Chirp Alert, speak to leaders of a community about Members of GreenBriq carbonize dried water hyacinth, an invasive species on early warning systems and their efforts to respond to border violence. Lake Victoria, in the process of making briquettes for use as a sustainable fuel in
cook stoves in the local village.

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