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Undergraduate Humanitarian Engineering Projects at the ANU

Listed are final year individual undergraduate research projects in Humanitarian Engineering supervised by the School of Engineering at the ANU.

  • Design and Evaluation of a Humanitarian Engineering Education Pathway, Jeremy Smith (PhD Thesis)
  • Design and Analaysis of a Biogas Powered Cocoa Bean Dryer for Farmers in Papua New Guinea, Curtis Smith
  • A Systematic Review of Patient and Provider Attitudes toward the Use of Patient Portals and mHealth Apps for the Management of Chronic Disease and Elective Surgery, Ali Bilbul
  • Feasibility and design of a low cost solar-powered water pump for irrigation in rural Cambodia, Andrea Bedon Pineda, with Fiona Beck (with EWB)
  • Evaluation of Competencies Gained by Engineering Field Professionals in International Programs*, Ishraq Rahman (with EWB)
  • Increasing the Number of Students from Underrepresented Groups in an Undergraduate Engineering Program, Samuel Palmer
  • Investigation of the Bacterial Effectiveness of Clay Pottery Water Filters, Stephanie Kochinos (with Abundant Water)
  • Experimental and Finite Elements Analysis of 3D Printed Medical Grade Ankle and Food Orthoses, Julius Ceasar Emalay (with EWB)
  • Enhancing Learner Outcomes in Inclusive Design Education, Emma Turner, with Duncan Stevenson
  • EWB Internship for Inbound Cambodian Engineering Students, Nicholas Tugwell (with EWB)
  • Feasibility of Titanium-based Photocatalytic Oxidation Applications in Cambodia, Ethan Hguyen, (with EWB)
  • Water Treatment in Rural Vietnam, Nathan Pereira
  • Design of a Biogas Powered Cocoa Bean Drying Kiln for use in Papua New Guinea, Thomas Larkin
  • Treatment of potable water using Titanium Dioxide Photocatalytic Oxidation for point-of-use in rural Cambodia*, Arbaz Khan, with Takuya Tsuzuki
  • Evaluating Health Impacts of Humanitarian Engineering Projects*, Hugh Roberts
  • Manufacturing of Cleats to Increase Off-Road Mobility for Manual Wheelchairs^, Jerome Borg Caruana
  • Technology Empowerment Opportunities Through Decentralized Manufacturing, Prerna Bhargave
  • Undergraduate Education for Sustainable System Archetypes, Andrew Luke
  • Decision Framework Assessing Biodigesters in Southeast Asia*, Neil Nath
  • The design of an appropriate and inclusive rice seed planter for rural Cambodia*, Briana Wade
  • Design of Adaptable Recumbent Tricycle for People Living with a Disability, Robert Somerville
  • Band-Aid Dispenser For Users with Limited Dexterity^, Tadveen Muhammad Hasan
  • Intersectional Effects of Gender Diversity Programs in Engineering*, Alexandra Cutts Worthington
  • Social justice in humanitarian engineering and engineering education, Daniel Fox
  • Analysis and Development of the Manufacturing Tool Used for Ceramic Water Filter Production in Laos#, Christie Ng, supervised by Matt Doolan
  • Optimisation of a Composite Mini-Wind Turbine Blade using Finite Element Analysis and Physical Testing for the WindAid Institute, Peru, Emily Campbell, supervised by Paul Compston


  • The suitability of bamboo as a construction material in rural Cambodia*, Angharad Llewellyn, co-supervised by Adrian Lowe
  • Empowerment for Users of Assistive Technology Through User-Led Approaches^, Sandaru Herath
  • Solar Energy Workshop for Humanitarian Engineering Education*, Cameron Nelson
  • Tuk-Tuk Redesign for Accessibility Transport in Rural Cambodia*, Conor Rossiter
  • Impact of Usage Patterns in Ceramic Water Filters for Use in Laos#, Christopher Menezes
  • Impacts of heat and humidity on 3D printing, Hyoung Rok Daniel Kim
  • Rubbish in Rural Cambodia: A Step Towards Sustainability in Communities*, Edward Creaser, with Andrew Thomson
  • Enabling Confidence in Prosthetic Users*, Charlotte Watkins
  • Implementation of Low cost, Sustainable Cooking Solutions for Refugees*, James Butler
  • Photovoltaic Systems in Rural Cambodia*, Rebecca Watts, with Andrew Thomson
  • Design and Build of a Wheelchair Retrieval System^, Maverick Yeung
  • Appropriate lighting for remote rural classrooms*, Taining Liu
  • Using flow-rate as semi-accurate estimator of filtration quality#, Bart Fordham
  • Analysis and optimisations of ceramic water filters#, Isaac Evans
  • Redesign of a ceramic water filter manufacturing tool, Chan Choi
  • Feasibility of a hybrid electric pedicab for Medan, Indonesia, Chrisdian Winata
  • Feasibility study of Robohand prosthetics for the Solomon Islands^, Dylan Conolan
  • Design of Off-Road Wheelchair Adaption (ORWA)^, Darien Colbeck
  • Connecting the Unconnected; a Project in Social Justice*, Johnathan Celestine
  • Investigating the potential of smart phone apps for promoting positive youth mental health outcomes, Ben Gill
  • From user centred design to user design, Dennis Cheng
  • Design of an inclusive rowing seat, Boqing Liu


  • A Decisions Framework for Rural Electrification, Otto Hello


  • Diffusion of the Abundant Water Filter in Lao: A System Dynamics Perspective# Damien Balachandran


  • Design for Diffusion: Integration of principles from the study of the diffusion of innovations into the Systems Engineering Approach, Michael Mazengarb



  • Developing Transfer - A model for improving knowledge and technology transfer in a developing world contact*, Christopher Browne
  • Approaches for Disability Inclusive Development Engineering*, Huy Nguyen
  • Improved Design of a Solar Cooker for Use in Rural Africa, Alexandra Radulovich
  • Decision Framework to Aid Implementation of Ecosan Toilets in Nepal, Jessica Thompson


  • Modelling Water Resources on Residential Islands in the Maldives*, Michael Norfor


  • Clay Water Filters for Calapan City, Philippines, Natasha Kylie Crossman
  • Water Service System Design Concept Generation and Evaluation for a Remote Village in Nepal*, Kris Robinson

EWB Supported Project

Abundant Water Supported Project

Enable Development Supported or Scoped Project, or Proposed by Clients or Partners


Successful competitive grants and projects completed at ANU by the Humanitarian Engineering group include:

  • Collaborative Humanitarian Engineering Practicum, New Colombo Plan (NCP) Funding, 30 x $3,000 ($99k total) Travel Scholarships, led by University of Adelaide with Engineers Without Borders Australia
  • Nepal: Community Building and Designing Disaster Resilient Futures, New Colombo Plan (NCP) Multi-Year Funding, 107 x $3,000 ($353,100 total) Travel Scholarships, led by University of Technology Sydney with Unbound Academy
  • Integrated Humanitarian Engineering Practicum, New Colombo Plan (NCP) Multi-Year Funding, 60 x $3,000 ($180k total) Travel Scholarships, with Engineers Without Borders Australia and University of Adelaide
  • Humanitarian Engineering Program, New Colombo Plan (NCP) Multi-Year Funding, 40 x $3,000 ($120k total) Travel Scholarships, with Engineers Without Borders Australia
  • International Perspectives in Assistive Technology Design, Singapore, New Colombo Plan (NCP), 21 x $3,00 ($63k total) Travel Scholarships, joint application with RMIT University, University of Canberra and Enable Development
  • Cambodian Design Experience, New Colombo Plan (NCP), 20 x $2,700 ($54k total) Travel Scholarships, with Engineers Without Borders Australia
  • Enabling Technology:  Engaging Engineering Students in Accessible Design, ANU Linkage for Learning and Teaching Grant, 2014, $14,500, with Enable Development
  • Human-Centred Design - Contextual Factors Influencing Engineering Design, AsiaBound Short-Term Mobility Program 2014, 10 x $2k ($20k total) Travel Scholarships, with Engineers Without Borders Australia
  • Collaborative Development of a Blended Humanitarian Engineering Course for the Australian Engineering Sector, Office of Learning and Teaching (OLT) SEED Project, 2013, $50,000 with Engineers Without Borders Australia
  • Learning Activities for the Exploration of Humanitarian Engineering Concepts, ANU Linkage for Learning and Teaching Grant, 2013, $15,200, with Engineers Without Borders Australia
  • Online Resource Suite for Engineering Systems Project Based Learning ANU VC’s Teaching Enhancement Grant, 2013, $9,450, with Paul Compston and Chris Browne
  • Experiencing Community Through Engineering Student Internships, ANU VC’s Teaching Enhancement Grant, 2012, $9,500, with Paul Compston
  • Enhancing Experience of Engineering Practice Through Active Learning, ANU VC’s Teaching Enhancement Grant, 2011, $9,697, with Adrian Lowe

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