Humanitarian Engineering Lab

We transform life and improve well-being for vulnerable and marginalised communities through engineering

What we do

The Humanitarian Engineering Lab is a network of academics and students at RMIT University who use engineering skills and knowledge to create scalable solutions to humanitarian challenges in the Asia-Pacific.


life-changing humanitarian solutions


people in humanitarian engineering projects


humanitarian design & engineering methods


engineering education and training

Latest news

August 2021

PhD candidate Leandra Rhodes-Dicker has been named the 3MT Runner-Up for the RMIT STEM College. Congrats Leandra!

August 2021

Our course 'Humanitarian Engineering' is off to a flying virtual start. Among other things we explore life in the Za'atari refugee camp.

July 2021

Nick Brown has been awarded funding by AAEE to study integrated inclusion best practice in engineering education.

January 2021

We are running our flagship course, Humanitarian Experiential Learning Project, virtually in collaboration with Unbound and Pollinate.

May 2020

Nick Brown has received RMIT's School of Engineering 'Early Career Teaching Award' for teaching performance.

February 2020

Tanja Rosenqvist has been named Young Water Professional of the Year 2020 in New South Wales.

December 2019

Tanja Rosenqvist led a Humanitarian Design Summit to Cambodia with Engineers without Borders Australia.

February 2019

Nick Brown inspected sanitation options in Honiara, Solomon Islands.

Want to join the lab?

RMIT University staff and students are invited to join the Humanitarian Engineering Lab.





School of Engineering

RMIT University

Melbourne, VIC 3000