HESE is an integrated learning, research, and entrepreneurship program

that brings together students and faculty across campus in the rigorous research, design, field-testing, and launch of technology-based enterprises in low- and middle-income countries. Through a series of five courses, HESE teams systematically advance ventures over multiple years with aspirations for large-scale commercialization and dissemination. Alongside the social enterprises, students work on original publishable research that strengthen ventures by ensuring they use an evidence-based and data-driven approach. The overarching goal is to deliver sustainable impact while preparing students for careers in social innovation and global sustainable development.

HESE is housed in the School of Engineering Design, Technology, and Professional Programs (SEDTAPP) in the College of Engineering at Penn State.


Recent News:

Affordable Greenhouses

In addition to being licensed to businesses in East Africa and Cameroon, our affordable greenhouses are now in Sierra Leone, Mozambique, Zambia!

Ukweli Test Strips

Our test strip team is developing low-cost, diagnostic test strips to increase access to pre-primary healthcare in developing contexts.

Good Luck Chris!

HESE Alumnus Chris Rumple starts his Fulbright Scholarship at RAMP, Institut Pertanian Bogor (IPB) Indonesia

Encouraging Innovation Everywhere

The HESE program was recently featured in an article on the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Read it here!

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