About Us

An INVITATION to business & industry, faculty & students, governments and NGOs. If you would like to improve the human rights nature of your products or operations, collaborate on grants, or undertake research, contact us. UConn's Engineering for Human Rights Initiative has deep resources and much to offer.

Organizations, services and products are evaluated throughout the world by the impact they have on people and the planet. UConn's Engineering for Human Rights Initiative focuses on the engineering processes involved in managing these risk factors and enhancing wellbeing.

The term “human rights” gives engineers a specific framework for managing harms prevention and enhancing social benefits through their work. UConn Engineering professors know international best practices across their subfields and collaborate with the University’s world-class human rights program.

  • Example: product life cycle analysis and chain of custody for managing hazards in supply chains
  • Example: brownfield management and urban re-development
  • Example: adaptive water management and community development in climate-change insecure settings
  • Example: new biomedically engineered products and processes for enhancing human life
  • Example: cybersecurity to safeguard freedom of expression, information, electoral participation, privacy

Our "Engineering for Human Rights Initiative" is a collaborative venture between UConn School of Engineering and the UConn Human Rights Institute. Learn more about how we are making human rights an integral component of effective engineering practice. For more information, contact Professor Jonanthon Mellor or Donald Swinton (Director of Development).

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