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Advancing scholarship in the theory and praxis of technology-based social entrepreneurship is essential to mainstream this emerging field and engage more faculty and students, with the ultimate objective of fostering social enterprise. Towards this goal, HESE students and faculty conduct research in several areas including affordable design, design thinking, social entrepreneurship theory and pedagogy, systems thinking, Food Value Chains (FVCs), post-harvest technologies, telemedicine systems, community health workers (CHWs) and pre-primary healthcare, cellphones, social networks & trust, indigenous knowledge systems, development ethics, grassroots diplomacy, educational technologies, educational assessment tools, women in engineering, and informal lending systems!
Students are mentored to publish their original work in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. The research and publication processes are tightly integrated into HESE coursework. Engaging students in original, institution-approved, and publishable research bolsters their learning while strengthening the venture-creation process. HESE students regularly present papers and participate in panels at conference including National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), the IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference, the National Engaged Scholarship Conference, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Conference, Unite for Sight, and Clinton Global Initiative University.