Working with Aprovecho Research Center in Oregon, Engineers in Technical Humanitarian Opportunities of Service learning (ETHOS) was developed in the spring of 2001 by a group of undergraduate engineering students from the University of Dayton. Our program was founded to promote the service-learning aspect of engineering through technical immersions, student activities, research, and hands-on projects. Since its founding in 2001, the Aprovecho Research Center has been one of our engineering partners. ETHOS has sent 330 students to 20 different countries, working with 40 project sponsors.
The ETHOS program is rooted in the belief that engineers are more capable to serve our world when they experience opportunities that increase their understanding of technology's global linkage with values, culture, society, politics and economics.
Through these experiences, students have gained perspectives on how engineering and technology are influenced by the world. Participating students have been able to use their engineering skills for humanitarian purposes, serving others through practical engineering knowledge. Our alumni learn about the world, different cultures and themselves.
The mission of the ETHOS Center is to provide an integrative and transformative intercultural experience for all University of Dayton engineering students, faculty and staff while serving the technical needs of developing communities in an appropriate and sustainable manner.
The ETHOS Center seeks to provide experiential learning through service internships, collaborative research, hands-on classroom projects and through support for student organization activities. These activities are centered around the development of appropriate technologies for the world, both locally and globally. Such experiences expose students to alternative technologies that are based on science and engineering principles but have tangible impacts on improving the lives of those who use them.
ETHOS challenges students to think creatively and independently, to work as a team and communicate effectively, and to address several of the issues present in our world: appropriate technology, environmental ethics, social responsibility, and cultural sensitivity. Such exposure allows students to recognize the positive and negative effects of engineering and technology. Furthermore, it brings to light the responsibilities of being an engineer in our ever-increasing global society.
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