Peace Engineering Program

Designed for engineering students interested in becoming responsible critics of contemporary societies and effective agents for positive social transformations. Students should expect this program to take one additional semester. The study options lead to B.S. degrees in any Engineering field (i.e. civil, computer, electrical or mechanical) and a minor in Justice and Peace Studies. 

The purpose of the peace engineering program is to engage and teach students to collaborate with and empower those experiencing injustices to develop innovative and sustainable solutions from a service mindset. The integrative program brings the social analysis of justice & peace studies together with the technical skills of engineering to find the best way for our engineers to promote the common good.

Peace Engineers might work on projects such as:

  • energy & water resources
  • aid of technology in areas of conflict or natural disaster
  • public safety in engineering decisions
  • agricultural tools to fight poverty and hunger

All these examples are meant as just that, examples to stimulate your ideas about the places your passion for social, environment, and economic justice and your growing technical skills may lead you.

Collaborate: see the pre-existing value of the community to find commonality.

Empower: co-create with those experiencing injustices with designs and decisions that enable a new future.

Serve: respect the full dignity of all involved by seeing people not as problems to be fixed, but as human beings – whole and worthy of service. 

Below are the requirements to complete the peace engineering program. To register for the program through the registrar, students should declare their intended engineering degree (i.e. mechanical, computer, electrical, etc.) as their major alongside a peace engineering minor. 

  • JPST 250 Introduction to Justice and Peace Studies
  • One of the following JPST focus classes:
    • JPST 355 Public Policy Analysis & Advocacy
    • JPST 375 Conflict Analysis & Transformation
    • JPST 365 Leadership for Social Justice
  • THEO 421 Theology of Justice and Peace
  • ENGR 480 & ENGR 481 Senior Design (with peace engineering designated project)
  • JPST 473 Vocational Seminar (concurrent with either ENGR 480 or ENGR 481)
  • Significant cultural experience (See ‘Experiential Opportunities’ section)

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Graduate Schools:

  • Drexel University M.S. in Peace Engineering is the nation's first program dedicated to preventing and reducing violent conflict through education and research that integrates innovative technologies, approaches, and policies with the studies and practices of peacebuilders. Find out more at http://drexel.edu/engineering/areas-of-study/peace-engineering/

  • Ohio State University provides opportunities to focus a traditional engineering degree on humanitarian applications on a variety of scales. Research, MS thesis, PhD dissertations and courses possibilities are all available for exploration. Find out more at https://osuhe.engineering.osu.edu/

  • Oregon State University has a humanitarian engineering program which can be integrated into any discipline. Your degree is specified by participating in research, Humanitarian Engineering Science and Technology courses (HEST), the Evans’ fellowship, or seminar speakers/ workshops. The Evans’ fellowship provides funding to projects and people to visit and implement their innovations abroad. Find out more at https://humanitarian.engineering.oregonstate.edu/
  • Santa Clara University School of Engineering’s ‘Frugal Innovation Hub’ (FIH) work in collaboration with non-profits, NGOs, and community organizers to create innovative solutions to challenges the organizations need assistance in solving. Multiple projects run simultaneously in the lab and involve faculty, undergraduates, and graduate students. Find out more at https://www.scu.edu/engineering/frugal/

Job Opportunities:

  • International Development Innovation Network (IDIN): Look for opportunities through IDIN’s network including their annual design summits. Learn more at http://www.idin.org/
  • Engineering for Change (E4C) Engineering for Change provides the opportunity to be involved in the socially minded engineering global community. They provide training as well as the platform for posting about opportunities. Find all these resources at https://www.engineeringforchange.org/