People - Humanitarian Engineering



Jeremy Smith BIT/BE(Hons), MPhil, Grad Cert, SFHEA

Jeremy has been a staff member in engineering at the ANU since 1998.  Over the last 10 years he has been at the forefront of Humanitarian Engineering education in Australasia.  This has included numerous roles with Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) including two years as President of the ACT Chapter, volunteering with the national Education Team, and two years as a part-time staff member in 2009-10.  In 2007 Jeremy established the EWB Undergraduate Research Program bringing service-learning opportunities to final year engineering students across Australia, with the program still running.  In 2014 Jeremy lead a team collaborating with EWB to develop the first later year dedicated Humanitarian Engineering course in Australia, which was first delivered in 2015.  For these efforts at the ANU, Jeremy received an ANU Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Programs that Enhance Learning in 2015 and in 2016 received a national OLT Citation for contributions to student learning.  In 2017 Jeremy was recognised for his national leadership and impact when he was awarded an Award for Teaching Excellence from the Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Ellen Lynch (PhD)

I am a PhD candidate in the Research School of Electrical, Materials and Energy Engineering in Humanitarian Engineering Practice. My research investigates the different ways engineers and student engineers consider social factors when designing. I believe engineers can change the world – but to make the sustainable change, as designers, we need to value the experience and expertise of our users. In my research, I hope to help students apply human-centered principles to their practice, creating appropriate and inclusive solutions wherever they work. I am also interested in how we can increase diversity and inclusion in engineering, and how to incorporate Indigenous knowledge into engineering curriculum.

ANU Collaborators:

Other ANU staff who are involved through student supervision and research include:

Current Students (undergraduate):

Current Students (postgraduate):

ANU students awarded inaugural Natasha Linard Scholarship for Women in Engineering & Technology

Chris Browne:

Chris Browne was a Lecturer in the Research School of Engineering, investigating conceptual models of complex systems, particularly the role of kinaesthetic models in learning and teaching in STEM(+) subjects. Chris would like to see the engineering discipline become more socially inclusive, and sees changing the paradigms in engineering education as the most effective leverage point towards this goal. Chris currently convenes courses in the Systems Engineering core and in the series of Vice-Chancellor’s courses, and actively seeks opportunities to collaborate on ‘interesting’ work in systems and/or education.

Below are other notable earlier ANU graduates in Humanitarian Engineering, have helped to inspire and shape the program, or are just doing great stuff.

Name Program Employers, Roles, Awards and Notes

Sunny Forsyth

BE (2002)

Founded Abundant Water working in Lao, East-Timor and Nepal on clean drinking water.

Huy Nguyen

BE (2010)

Founded Enable Development.  Awarded ANU Young Alumnus of the Year (Joint) 2014 and ACT Young Australian of the Year 2014.

Ali Saikal

BE (2010)

Completed overseas placements with Engineers Without Borders Australia and Plan International.

Clare Paynter

BE (2014)

Works at Ekistica (providing access to energy) in Alice Springs.


  • Emily Campbell
  • Aditua Kumar, An assessment of water supply & sanitation microfinance operations in low and middle-income, countries, with EWB
  • Chris Tate, NCP supported Research Intern with Abundant Water, previous EWB Summit participant
  • Emma Turner, Influencing user experience with educational design kits through digital interactions, previous Enabled Futures participant and TADACT volunteer
  • Ethan Nguyen, Designing a Titanium based reaction system to treat drinking water in Cambodia, previous EWB Summit participant
  • Franklin Wilson, Evaluating the impact of diversity in outreach on the perceptions of who can become an Engineer
  • Julius Emalay, with EWB, previous EWB Summit participant and TADACT volunteer
  • Nathan Pereira, Treating Contaminated Household Drinking Water from Groundwater in Rural Vietnam, previous EWB Summit participant
  • Nicholas Tugwell, an internship framework for inbound Cambodian undergraduate engineering students, with a focus on Professional Skills Development, with EWB, previous EWB Summit participant
  • Nived Subbarayan, Optimisation of off-grid solar photovoltaic systems in developing areas, supervised by Marco Ernst, previous EWB Summit participant
  • Stephanie Kockinos, Investigation into the effect of flowrate on quality of water produced by Abundant Water clay pottery ceramic water filters, with Abundant Water, supported by NCP travel scholarship
  • Thomas Larkin, with i2i, previous EWB Summit participant
  • Arbaz Khan
  • Hugh Roberts
  • Jerome Borg Caruana
  • Prerna Bhargave
  • Neil Nath
  • Briana Wade
  • Robert Somerville
  • Tadveen Muhammad Hasan
  • Alexandra Cutts Worthington
  • Daniel Fox
  • Christie Ng
  • Angharad Llewellyn
  • Sandaru Herath
  • Cameron Nelson
  • Conor Rossiter
  • Christopher Menezes
  • Hyoung Rok Daniel Kim
  • Edward Creaser
  • Charlotte Watkins
  • James Butler
  • Rebecca Watts
  • Taining Liu
  • Bart Fordham
  • Isaac Evans
  • Chan Choi
  • Chrisdian Winata
  • Dylan Conolan
  • Darien Colbeck
  • Johnathan Celestine
  • Maverick Yeung


  • Ben Gill
  • Dennis Cheng
  • 2013
  • Otto Hello


  • Aadrik Duynhoven


  • Christopher Browne
  • Huy Nguyen
  • Alexandra Radulovich
  • Jessica Thompson


  • Michael Norfor


  • Natasha Kylie Crossman
  • Kris Robinson


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