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Human-Centred Engineering


A detailed description of EWB Australia's Human-Centred Engineering Approach and an associated student guide is available to universities and students participating in the EWB Technology or Research Challenges.

On this page you'll find a brief introduction to EWB Australia's Human-Centred Engineering (HCE) Approach, a new approach for structuring and practicing engineering project work, education and capacity building at Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB). It aims to present a common language for discussing solutions development, and a new, tailored, version of Human-Centred Design (now termed HCE) to specifically fit the work that EWB undertakes.


EWB Australia's Human-Centred Engineering Approach contains the following elements, which are demonstrated in the diagram.

  1. Knowledge Sets - learn about the key knowledge sets required develop a solid foundation for effective project work
  2. Guiding Principles - our approach is underpinned by this set of guiding prinsiples
  3. Design Process - we use a design process to frame technology development projects
  4. Collaboration Styles - we use a participatory approach to the design of technology through a range of different collaboration styles with communities
  5. Tools & Techniques - we use a range of different tools and techniques to enable and support our technology devlopment projects