Khanjan Mehta
Founding Director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship

Khanjan Mehta is the Founding Director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) Program, Assistant Professor of Engineering Design, and Affiliate Professor of International Affairs at Pennsylvania State University. HESE is an integrated learning, research, and entrepreneurial engagement program focused on developing and commercializing technology-based solutions in low-resource settings. Mehta has led technology-based social ventures in Kenya, Tanzania, India, Sierra Leone, Mozambique and other countries. These ventures range from telemedicine systems and ruggedized biomedical devices to low-cost greenhouses, solar food dryers, and cell phone-based social networking systems. The HESE program was the recipient of the 2013 W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award (Northeast Region) from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), 2011 Outstanding Specialty Entrepreneurship Program Award from the US Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) and was named by Popular Mechanics as one of thirty “Awesome College Labs” across America. Mehta has published over 120 journal articles and refereed conference proceedings with ~40 manuscripts in the pipeline. Mehta serves as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine and Contributing Editor for the Engineering 4 Change portal. His latest book, Solving Problems that Matter (and Getting Paid for It), takes a comprehensive look at STEM careers in social innovation and global sustainable development. Mehta publishes a daily cartoon series called Frame Changers that captures learning moments in HESE and sustainable development.

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