Virtual Summer Course

Virtual Innovation Exchange

Engineering World Health is offering a new, free virtual design program that will bring together groups of students from the United States and Lebanon. The course will focus on low-resource design and engineering for healthcare in an international setting. Participants will work in international teams.

The program is supported by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute. The Stevens Initiative is also supported by the Bezos Family Foundation and the governments of Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.


Students from Lebanon and the U.S. will have the opportunity to work and learn together remotely throughout this course. Material will be taught by Professor Deborah Walter of the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. The course will cover concepts for biomedical design, collaboration, ethics, and entrepreneurship as these topics relate to engineering for low-resource environments. Students will work independently through self-directed learning modules as well as collaborate virtually in groups to further develop design ideas and exchange knowledge. Teams will also be assigned a program mentor from Lebanon or the U.S. with significant engineering background and experience in low-resource hospitals to help them throughout this process.

Dates: The course will run on a five week timeline. Students have the option of joining the program during one of the following periods.

Section 1: June 22 - July 24

Section 2: June 29 - July 31

Section 3: July 6 - August 7

Section 4: July 13 - August 14

Students can expect to spend 2-4 hours per week on independent work and should plan to virtually meet with their groups twice per week throughout the five week program.

Criteria: Participants must be a student or recent graduate of a university in the United States, Middle East, or North Africa.

At the end of the course, students will receive a certificate of completion. On request, EWH will gladly provide summary materials to present to your home university in support of any independent study credit you may seek.

Sign-ups are now closed. Thank you everyone for your enthusiastic response to this program!