Student projects

Students from the humanitarian engineering and science minor have worked with our partners to better the community. They have constructed buildings, cleared fields, and solved problems, all while networking and learning about how to make the world a better place. Below are just a few examples of their work:


Caring for our children through The Community Partnership

Alyssa Luczak, a sophomore in biochemical engineering from Chicago, works with The Community Partnership. Through The Community Partnership, she has been volunteering at All God’s Children Daycare on North Olive Street in Rolla. Luczak says she has always enjoyed working with children, but a young boy at the daycare center, in particular, touched her heart. He was shy and had social anxiety, and grew up in foster care, she says. “I knew he really liked bugs and insects, so I brought him a small microscope and some toy insects one day, and showed him how to view them,” she says. “He has really taken to it,” Luczak adds, fighting tears.

Feeding our hungry through the Phelps County Faith Distribution

Brianna Works, a sophomore in geological engineering from Ozark, Missouri, is developing strategies for poverty alleviation for the Phelps County Faith Distribution, a local, volunteer-based organization that serves the area needy with groceries and other items. She says she's grateful for her service opportunities so far, and looks forward to further helping the community.

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Become a partner today

By becoming a partner, you'll be able to better serve the community, as well as provide real world experience for the HES students that you'll be working with.



Contact us

For more information about the humanitarian engineering minor or to inquire about becoming a partner, contact Dr. Curt Elmore in GeoEng at For other service learning opportunities, contact Ms. Dedie Wilson in the Undergraduate Studies office at