Engineers in Technical Humanitarian Opportunities of Service Learning
ETHOS is founded on the belief that engineers are more apt and capable to serve our world more appropriately when they experience opportunities that increase their understanding of technology's global linkage with values, culture, society, politics, and economy.
ETHOS seeks to provide experiential learning through service-learning internships, student organization activities, collaborative research and hands-on classroom projects that support the development of appropriate technologies for the developing world, locally and globally. Such experiences expose students to alternative, non-traditional technologies that are based on fundamental science and engineering principles but have tangible and immediate impacts on improving the lives of those who use them. ETHOS maintains as its educational objective to challenge students to think creatively and independently, to work as a team and communicate effectively, and to address issues of appropriate technology, environmental ethics, social responsibility, and cultural sensitivity. Such exposure, inside and outside the classroom, allows students to recognize the far-reaching effects, positive and negative, of engineering and technology and thus the responsibilities of being an engineer in our ever-increasing global society.
ETHOS CLUB PRESENTS SPEAKER SUSAN KINNE
Susan Kinne was raised in Cincinnati, OH, and worked at a factory until she and her late husband moved to Nicaragua in the late 1980’s. Since then, she has become a leading advocate for renewable energy, sustainable development, women’s rights, and an end to rural poverty. She is currently the director of GrupoFenix, a consortium based in northern Nicaragua that uses solar energy to alleviate rural poverty. She has spoken at the United Nations Energy Forum and currently lives in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua. Susan will be speaking on sustainability, renewable energy, appropriate technology, rural development, and peace.
Where: KU 222
When: Thursday, November 7th at 6:15 PM
APPLICATIONS OPEN FOR THE 2014 TECHNICAL IMMERSION PROGRAM
Students will apply for admission to the two-part program, which begins with an Appropriate Technology course in the spring, followed by a summer overseas or domestic technical immersion placement.
Students will be placed at an internship site in South or Central America, Africa, or Asia as part of a small group. Students are directly supervised by their host organization.
Application is due on November 8, 2013. Click here to apply >>
Domestic and international service-learning.
- Tentative Dates: May 5-15, 2013. Exact dates coming soon.
- The breakout will be working with a Nicaraguan partner called Grupo Fenix. Grupo Fenix was founded in 1996 by a group of students at the National Engineering University in Managua who were interested in renewable energy for Nicaragua. Their projects include: solar pumps, solar drip irrigation systems, micro-hydroelectric systems, PV battery charging centers, photovoltaic panels, solar dryers, solar water heating systems, biogas digesters and solar ovens. Implementing these projects in the rural communities of Nicaragua has given birth to several organizations.
- Website: http://grupofenix.org/
- 10-day breakout includes:
- Instruction on solar PV and solar ovens
- Working with locals on PV installation, construction of solar ovens, and battery chargers
- Tour of partner organizations
- Tour of completed projects in the community
- Living with a Nicaraguan host family
- Immersion into the Nicaraguan culture
- One-day travel excursion
TO REGISTER FOR ETHOS BREAKOUTS:
Registration for the summer 2014 breakouts is not yet open, but feel free to email any questions to the ETHOS program at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Collaboration and Commitment to a Common Mission and Vision.
Infrastructure Development Group (AIDG) helps individuals and communities get affordable and environmentally sound access to electricity, sanitation and clean water. Through a combination of business incubation, education, and outreach, we help people get technology that will better their health and improve their lives.
AMMID (Asociación Maya-Mam de Investigación y Desarrollo) is a non-profit organization whose members live in the Comitancillo area of Guatemala. The NGO is managed and staffed by Mayan people from the Mam culture. It was established in 1997 to facilitate the development of self-sufficiency of its members. AMMID serves as a centre for training, research and community projects.
Blue Rock's goal is to demonstrate a series of alternative building techniques and sustainable ways of living. Projects at the station include earthship buildings, straw bale structures, cord wood structures and much more. Blue Rock also has a series of garden projects.
Chaminade College is an educational institution run by the Marianist religious since 1958. The school is dedicated to help keep the environment clean and healthy.
The mission of Groupo Fenix is to contribute to the well-being of rural communities, creating an awareness of sustainable lifestyles through technical and cultural exchange, promotion, and research in the field of renewable energy.
Hand-to-Hand is a non-profit organization dedicated to help change the lives of the Haitian people by providing them with proper essentials of living, such as education, better health care, clothing, clean food and water.
Heart to Honduras is a holistic organization centered in Christ with the goal to address the Spiritual and Physical needs of the poor in Honduras and beyond.
The Instituto Chaminade Marianistas is a post-secondary technical school which offers a three year career program in Information Communication Technologies (ICT) and a variety of additional extension courses. The mission of the Institute is to promote the development of youth, preferentially the poor from Callao, according to the Marianist educational principles. Thereby increasing employment possibilities by way of a quality integrated technical formation and insertion into the labor market.
Maji Zuwa is a lodge run by a UD Alumni, Matthew Maroon, striving to build working relationships with the local population and visitors. Maji Zuwas and its partners work to lift the people of Malawi out of poverty using their own abilities and talents rather than hand-outs.
NCIG is a non-profit, non-governmental community-based organization operating since 1996. They work to improve the socio-economic status of the community.
Prolena is a small engineering company located in the capital city of Bolivia. The company is dedicated to the development of rocket stoves, wood dryers, and other types of appropriate technology.
Salud del Sol’s mission is to provide communities in Nicaragua with the opportunity to improve their own healthcare systems while supporting sustainable development that creates jobs for members of these communities.
SAAP is a registered NGO committed to environmental protection and empowerment of the downtrodden. It is a venture undertaken by the Jesuits. The organization uses Science and Technology to try and serve humanity especially the underprivileged sections of society by providing pollution free and freely available sources of energy.
As a company, we promote the marvelous resource of the sun in areas where the electric grid does not reach. Our work confronts many challenges given that to achieve reaching these areas requires a lot of effort. The result is satisfaction with a high quality service that pleases us because the customers have a better quality of life.
The Otonga Foundation is an organization that works to protect the environment, biodiversity, and education in regions of the cloud forests of Ecuador.
Xingu Mission is a non-denominational, charitable organization that has been serving the people of the Xingu region for over 15 years.
Tackle Environmental and Social Issues in Dayton, Ohio.
ETHOS Club is dedicated to the personal and professional development of young engineers through the application of appropriate technology in service of the Dayton community.
We challenge our club members to creatively confront energy, environmental, and social issues in the Dayton area. Our club devotes a great deal of focus to service-learning opportunities, in which we educate ourselves and others. Ultimately, this results in the betterment of the Dayton community as a whole. In conjunction with the mission of the University of Dayton — We learn. We lead. We serve.
ETHOS CLUB OFFICERS FOR 2013 - 2014
- President: Jack Schlueter
- Vice President: Kevin Stevens
- Vice President: Conrad Bambeck
- Secretary: Danny McLaughlin
- Treasurer: Sara Hardman
- ETHOS Blitz Chair: Meridith Mahlke
- Fundraising: Katie Willard
- Public Relations: Catherine Wilson
- Relations: Taylor Schemmel
- Innovations: Craig Attenweiler
- Club contact information: email@example.com
- President's contact information: (513) 833-1361, firstname.lastname@example.org
Serve our world appropriately. Contact us today.
Gretchen Berkemeier &
University of Dayton